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.


Charities & NFP

Charity regulator is on the way

Katina Curtis & Nick Perry - Herald Sun

The not-for-profit sector has long awaited a national regulator, Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury says.

Children & Family

Domestic violence shelters to keep track of domestic violence perpetrators

Brad Crouch – Adelaide Now

Domestic violence shelters will create and share a register of people who attack women and children to allow police to better target repeat offenders.

Xenophon moves to regulate ‘free’ mobile games

Suzanne Smith – ABC Online

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon will move amendments to consumer law to prevent children from racking up huge bills on their parents' iTunes accounts.

Many fathers with dependent children were dependent on or misusing cannabis

Adam Cresswell – The Australian

Mental health experts are calling for better co-ordination of services after the second national survey of people with psychosis found many patients had dependent children, yet few checks were in place to ensure they were being properly looked after.


Would our banned games have been rated R18+?


This week, the Australian government finally unveiled its long-awaited classification guidelines for computer games, due to go into effect from 1 January 2013, and the games industry and the game-playing public have largely responded with confusion, disappointment and scorn.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

An alternative to surrogacy? Swedish doctors transplant uterus

Karl Ritter – The Associated Press

Two Swedish women are hoping to give birth using the wombs of their mothers after what doctors called the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants.

Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol industry grooming children to drink by marketing booze-flavoured snacks, AMA claims

Sue Dunlevy – The Daily Telegraph

The alcohol industry is grooming children to drink by marketing booze-flavoured chips, chocolates, lip gloss and biscuits.


TAFE employees to walk off the job

ABC News

The body that represents Victorian TAFE institutions says it will not launch legal action to try to stop a strike by TAFE employees across Victoria on Thursday.

ANU program cuts make way for more short courses

Emma Macdonald – The Canberra Times

The Australian National University is axing its formal higher education teaching qualifications, opting instead to offer short online courses.

Remote school students fall below par

Tanya Chilcott & Lara Lauth – The Courier-Mail

Students in some remote Queensland indigenous communities have NAPLAN scores less than half the national average.

School type points to uni performance

Andrew Harvey & Catherine Burnheim – The Australian

Whether students attend a government, Catholic or independent school is a stronger predictor of university aspiration and achievement than their individual backgrounds or parental wealth.


Shipping, oil hunt may accelerate Arctic thaw


Local pollution in the Arctic from shipping and oil and gas industries, which have expanded in the region due to a thawing of sea ice caused by global warming, could further accelerate that thaw, experts say.


Indigenous chefs in training for the top tables

Natasha Robinson – The Australian

When Ryan Battersby was manning a deep-fryer at his first job at McDonald's, the 18-year-old could not have imagined he would one day be mentored by the likes of Neil Perry.


NSW MPs to vote on same-sex marriage

ABC Online

A cross-party group of New South Wales MPs has been formed to produce a bill on same-sex marriage which will be put to a conscience vote in state parliament.

Bestiality enters gay wed debate

Dan Harrison – The Age

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has suggested legalising same sex marriage would lead to demands for bestiality to also be sanctioned.

Gay marriage bills face likely defeat

Phillip Coorey – WA Today

Both Houses of Parliament are set to defeat attempts to legalise gay marriage this week but advocates, including the cabinet minister Penny Wong, believe it is only a matter of time before Parliament catches up with the majority of public opinion.

Gay marriage won’t curb rights: Faulkner

The Australian

Legalising same sex marriage won't result in a mass outbreak of homosexuality, Labor Senator John Faulkner says.


Bishop says disunity to blame for poor poll

Phillip Coorey – The Age

The deputy Liberal leader, Julie Bishop, has slammed the Nationals in the wake of Labor making gains in the polls, saying the minor party's ''freelancing'' on pet policy issues was ill-disciplined and damaging the Coalition.

One good poll doesn’t mean you’re getting re-elected

Mark Kenny – The Punch

Political leaders rarely comment on opinion polls unless that is, they need to. Plainly, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan have decided they need to right now to dissuade waverers from entertaining a return to Kevin Rudd.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egypt orders arrest of US-based Copts over film

BBC News

Authorities in Cairo have ordered the arrest of seven US-based Egyptian Coptic Christians for their alleged involvement in an anti-Islam video.


Nauru demands segregation at camp

Dylan Welch – Brisbane Times

The Nauruan government ruled out accepting women and children asylum seekers until ''modifications'' are made to the tent city that has sprung up on their tiny island nation over the past six weeks, echoing criticisms by the Salvation Army.

More work needed on Nauru’s asylum centre

Herald Sun

Nauru's foreign minister Kieran Keke says more work is needed on tents and buildings on the island before it accepts women and children asylum seekers.