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

Call for paid childcare for 'qualified' grandparents: productivity commission

Miki Perkins - The Age

Nannies and grandparents could be paid by the government to look after children if they get TAFE qualifications under a proposal to overhaul the nation’s convoluted childcare system. The bewildering array of childcare subsidies should be replaced with a single, means-tested payment that would go directly to the parents' choice of provider, according to a draft report by the Productivity Commission.


Catholic school teachers took part in strike action to protest against winding back of work conditions


Teachers from 200 Catholic schools across NSW are striking over fears independent schools will be “deregulated” and work conditions wound back. Higher duty allowances would be stripped, class size restrictions scrapped, sick leave reduced and meal breaks taken away under a new employment proposal from Catholic employers, the NSW Independent Education Union (IEU) says.


Lobby group hits out at Peris over euthanasia comments
(mentions ACL)

Xavier La Canna - ABC

A Christian group has hit out at Labor Senator Nova Peris after the MP revealed she is strongly pro-euthanasia. Senator Peris, a Labor Party politician from the Northern Territory, said she backed a Greens bill expected to be debated in October that would allow some people to get help to end their lives.


Hundreds of protesters take to Melbourne streets to demand more HIV funding


Against the backdrop of an international AIDS conference, hundreds of people have taken to Melbourne's streets demanding more funding from governments to wipe out HIV.

Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness is a public health crisis

The Guardian

Health services should check the housing status of patients, with homelessness triggering an instant full health check-up


Concerns raised over the prospect of pokies in indigenous communities


The Northern Territory government has raised the prospect of introducing social clubs into remote communities, along with poker machines.


Australian Christian Lobby urges public to 'preserve marriage' (mentions ACL)

Rachel Ford - Christian Today

The Australian Christian Lobby has called on the public to 'preserve the definition of marriage' ahead of a Senate inquiry into allowing the recognition of foreign marriages in the country.


Jorian Gardner joins ACT Sex Party

Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times

Controversial arts figure Jorian Gardner is set to take on a formal role in territory politics, as the incoming director of the Australian Sex Party in Canberra.


Abbott government documents show 157 asylum seekers detained on high seas allowed three hours of natural light a day

Michael Gordon - The Age

Family members among 157 asylum seekers being held on the high seas are being held in separate rooms on a customs vessel but are allowed out for meals, according to documents lodged with the High Court on Tuesday. While it was previously stated that 153 asylum seekers were on board a boat that was intercepted off Christmas Island more than three weeks ago, the documents say the actual number is 157.

Refugee granted permanent visa

Michael Gordon - The Age

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has granted a permanent visa to a refugee who arrived by boat, despite fighting the boy's case in the High Court and signalling he would not be swayed when the court found against him. In a decision that could have implications for many others, the Immigration Minister announced the backflip in a letter to lawyers representing the 15-year-old Ethiopian on Monday.