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.



1,500 Abortions per hour - China

Catholic Online

In China, one thousand five hundred abortions occur per hour. Let that number sink in for a minute. These are the results of an investigative report that has been presented by Accuracy in Media and Women's Rights Without frontiers (WRWF) have been presented in the online publication, The Blaze. The details are gruesome and shocking.


Rescue Services thrown a life line


On July 1, a new government regulator opens its doors, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, whose role is to preserve and enhance public confidence in the not-for-profit sector. On its register will be the National Safety Council of Australia, the not-for-profit agency with the most vivid history of any in the country.

Children & Family

Bill will bolster rights of children

Patricia Karvelas – The Australian

THE new National Children's Commissioner will be given a limited role to seek leave to intervene in court proceedings that raise significant children's rights issues under laws to be unveiled by the Gillard government today.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon will introduce the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children's Commissioner) Bill 2012, which will establish the position of National Children's Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission.

Widening gap 'a reason' to raise childcare cap

Patricia Karvelas – The Australian

TONY Abbott's Coalition has revealed it wants to lift the cap on the childcare rebate, flagging an increase on the $7500 families currently receive per child.

Coalition childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley has told The Australian a 300 per cent increase in families hitting the childcare rebate cap should be clear evidence that the Gillard government needs to do something to help struggling families.

Donor Conception and Surrogacy

UK same sex couples could get free IVF

Bigpond National News

Gay and lesbian couples will be eligible for free fertility treatment on the NHS under controversial new proposals. Same-sex couples would be allowed artificial insemination, even if they don't have a diagnosed fertility problem, according to draft guidelines from an NHS watchdog.

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol and smoking are killing you


The World Health Organisation estimates that in 2008, 63 per cent of people died due to bad habits including smoking, alcohol or poor nutrition. Do the sums and you'll realise that every single year more than 9 million people die before the age of 60 because of poor lifestyle choices.


Researchers warn of children 'screen addiciton'.

Fox News

New British research suggests that youngsters are at risk of "screen addiction" because of the time they spend watching TV and playing computer games. A study has shown that in the UK, 10- and 11-year-olds have access to five screens in the average house and the average screen time for British adolescents is 6.1 hours per day and rising.


Greens & Xenophon resists pokie reforms

Bigpond National News

The federal government has secured independent MP Andrew Wilkie's reluctant vote for its watered-down poker machine reforms. But the MP's support may not be enough to have the measures clear the parliament, because the Australian Greens and independent senator Nick Xenophon are demanding a $1 bet cap.


Aborginal tent embassy deal done.

ABC Online

A deal has been struck between Aboriginal leaders and the Brisbane City Council over the future of a tent embassy. The embassy at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane was shut down by police last week and 30 people were arrested.

'Great injustice' at last put right for Cape York Aborigines

Sarah Elks, North Queensland correspondent – The Australian

PREMIER Campbell Newman has apologised to Cape York Aborigines for a "great injustice" perpetrated 35 years ago when his conservative predecessor Joh Bjelke-Petersen blocked indigenous stockmen from buying their traditional land.

On his first trip to the peninsula as Premier, Mr Newman ended one of the longest-running land rights battles in Queensland history, handing back more than 75,000ha of land west of Coen, 600km northwest of Cairns, to the Wik Mungkan people.


Health warnings over civil union roll-back

Daniel Hurst – Brisbane Times

Gay Queenslanders will suffer “real harm” if the Newman government revokes the right of same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, the head of the state's peak medical group has warned.

Hundreds of couples have had their relationships formally registered since the Bligh-era legislation allowing civil partnerships came into force early this year, but the new government is considering scrapping the law.


Books shape ideals, dreams

Tony Abbott – The Australian

IT'S sometimes said that we are what we eat. It could more truly be said that we are what we read. Reading is how we learn fastest about all those experiences other than our own. It's the principle means by which we learn our history, traditions and high culture.