ACL compiles a daily media monitoring service of stories of interest to the Christian constituency relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc.

Visit the ACL’s website each day to see what’s of interest in the news. Please note that selection of the articles does not represent ACL endorsement of the content.


Children & Family

Parents call on Productivity Commission to extend childcare rebate to nannies

Norman Hermant - ABC

Parents are urging the Productivity Commission to consider extending the childcare rebate to cover nannies. The Federal Government estimates there are 30,000 nannies caring for children in Australian homes, excluding au pairs. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley says she is concerned about estimates that as many as half of all nannies are working cash-in-hand.


Macquarie Grammar School principal speaks out for love and Sydney mardi gras parade

News Ltd

There is again only one school joining in Sydney’s mardi gras parade but Macquarie Grammar principal Darryl Gauld almost said no to participating this year. The school’s theme this year is Hold Onto Your Dreams and the float will be decorated with colourful dream clouds. Students will wear school uniforms with the addition of a rainbow-coloured cowboy hat.

Human Rights

Human rights in North Korea: the implications of the Kirby report

Benjamin Habib - The Conversation

The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) report into human rights abuses in North Korea, released on Monday by panel chairman Michael Kirby, highlights the impact of the government’s extreme social controls on ordinary North Koreans.


Home violence an issue for all

Nigel McNay - Border Mail

Domestic violence will continue to grow unchecked unless communities unite to tackle the problem, a Wodonga forum heard yesterday. That message was delivered to an audience of about 70 people by Sydney family violence survivor Lani Brennan. Miss Brennan had been invited to Wodonga by the Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation.


The widening gap of marriage happiness

Eli J. Finkel - The Age

Are marriages today better or worse than they used to be? This vexing question is usually answered in one of two ways. According to the marital decline camp, marriage has weakened: Higher divorce rates reflect a lack of commitment and a decline of moral character that have harmed adults, children and society in general. But according to the marital resilience camp, though marriage has experienced disruptive changes like higher divorce rates, such developments are a sign that the institution has evolved to better respect individual autonomy, particularly for women.


High Court Judge indicates WA likely to go back to polls for fresh Senate election


The Court of Disputed Returns has given a strong indication that Western Australia will go back to the polls for a new Senate election. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) asked for the Senate election to be declared void after 1,370 ballot papers were missing for a recount.

Alcoa job losses fuel political tension

Richard Willingham, James Massola and Josh Gordon - The Age

Tensions have flared between the Abbott and Napthine governments over how to handle a manufacturing and jobs crisis in Victoria exacerbated by Alcoa announcing it would shut its aluminium smelter in Geelong.

Activist group backs voting age change

The Mercury

Political activist group GetUp! has backed Greens leader Nick McKim's pledge to lower the voting age in Tasmania amid opposition from Labor and Liberal leaders. In a statement released at the weekend, Mr McKim said the Greens would amend the Tasmanian Electoral Act to provide 16 and 17-year-olds the option to vote.


Minister Scott Morrison denies reports of another outbreak of violence at Manus Island detention facility

News Corp

Reports of another round of unrest at the Manus Island Detention Centre overnight have been denied by the Immigration Minister.


Craig Thomson found guilty on fraud charges over union funds used for prostitutes

Shannon Deery - Herald Sun

The former union official accused of setting Craig Thomson up “with a bunch of hookers” says he feels vindicated after the disgraced former MP was today found guilty of using members’ funds to pay for sex. Thomson accused Marco Balano, former deputy general secretary of Health Services Union East, of setting him up after threatening to destroy his career before allegations of misuing his union credit cards surfaced.