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 bins railroaded as for-profit operator moves in

Carolyn Webb - The Age

More than 100 charity bins have been removed from Melbourne’s railway stations and replaced by bins from a private for-profit recycling company.

Children & Family

New laws to allow family violence victims to name and shame attackers

Herald Sun

Thugs who victimise their own families will no longer be able to hide their shame behind a law granting them anonymity. Tough new legislation to go before State Parliament today will lift present bans on reporting of charges and convictions for breaches of family violence intervention orders.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Thailand surrogacy: Australian couple caught in crackdown break their silence

Lindsay Murdoch - Fairfax Media

Bangkok: An Australian same-sex couple caught up in a crackdown on surrogacy in the Thai capital have broken their silence, saying many Australian parents unable to bring their surrogate-born babies home are distraught and have run out of money.

Drugs & Alcohol

New Year's Eve drinking ban: Yarra Council bans alcohol in Melbourne parks in response to wild party


Drinking will be banned in many inner Melbourne parks this New Year's Eve in response to last year's "dangerous" party in Fitzroy in Melbourne's north. Yarra City Council, which takes in Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy, voted on Tuesday night in favour of the ban on public alcohol consumption in all of its parks.


More than 100 child sex abuse victims in new APY Lands protection crisis

Sarah Martin - The Australian 

Isolated Aboriginal communities in South Australia's far north are in the grip of a child-protection crisis, with more than 100 alleged abuse victims identified in the past year. Eight communities in the ­Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands have been part of a “child sexualisation investigation” into mostly non-consensual sexual activity between teenagers and younger children.


Shaw 'wanted wedding' on Vic taxpayer trip

Daily Telegraph

Independent MP Geoff Shaw wanted to get married in Europe while on a taxpayer-funded trip, Victoria's parliament has heard. Tourism Minister Louise Asher said the Frankston MP had asked her about going to London to get married while seeking advice on MP travel entitlements, and also asked about Paris.

Rogue senator Jacqui Lambie aims her missiles at China: She fears a ‘Chinese communist invasion’

Daily Telegraph

Rogue senator Jacqui Lambie has unleashed an astonishing attack on China, declaring Australia should have missiles ready to launch in a bid to stop our grandchildren becoming “slaves” to a ­“Chinese communist invasion”.


Children freed as Morrison plans to push for TPVs 

Sarah Whyte, Ben Doherty & Lisa Cox - The Age

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is trying again to restore temporary protection visas after announcing 150 children would be removed from immigration detention centres and placed on bridging visas in the community.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iraqi Christians' plea to West: send troops or we will be wiped out

Jerome Starkey - The Times

Christians leaders in Iraq say their faith will be obliterated in communities as old as the church itself unless international troops and more airstrikes drive the Islamic State from the country. Catholics and Anglicans said yesterday they had lost confidence in the Iraqi government to afford them any protection after tens of thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes on the Nineveh plains in the face of an Islamic militant advance.


Young online activists more politically engaged than older Australians, research shows

Margot O'Neill - ABC

Young Australians are more politically engaged than many older Australians and are just as likely to stand for public office, according to new research done for the Museum of Australian Democracy. Researcher Max Halupka from the University of Canberra says the research showed Australia's oldest and youngest citizens have engaged in the highest number of political activities, overturning the conventional view that those aged under 35 are the most apathetic.