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.



Abortion bill back on table

Calla Wahlquist - The Examiner

Legislation to decriminalise abortion in Tasmania could be back before Parliament in a month.

Drugs & Alcohol

Coca Cola Amatil bolsters staff ahead of entry into alcohol market

Eli Greenblat - SMH

Coca-Cola Amatil has thickened its senior management ranks as it counts down to its December re-entry into the Australian beer and cider market after a two-year absence, appointing the former local boss of spirits house Campari as its new director of licensed alcohol.

CUB beefs up mid-strength beer range

Eli Greenblat - SMH

Carlton & United Breweries, the former beer arm of Foster’s, will dump its underperforming Carlton Cold, which has a 4 per cent alcohol content, and replace it with a new mid-strength offering to beef up its presence in the crucial and fast growing beer segment.


Christopher Pyne reveals university shake-up

Daniel Hurst, Josephine Tovey - The Age

The Abbott government plans a drastic overhaul of the higher education system, including axing the compulsory fee collected by universities to support student services and scrapping Labor's targets to lift participation by disadvantaged students. Education Minister Christopher Pyne has also opened the door to re-introducing caps on university places, warning any loss of quality would ''poison'' the sector's international reputation.


People should worry: CSG chiefs

David Kitney - The Australian

Australians remain deeply concerned about mining for coal-seam gas, and key executives in the sector believe those worries are warranted and that the industry has done a poor job educating the public about the issue.


Soccer's match-fixing case casts shadow over other codes


Victoria Police say more arrests may be likely over matchfixing in soccer leagues in Victoria and Queensland and the case has other football codes worried they may be infected with the problem.

Homelessness & Poverty

Australia's hidden homelessness presents a growing problem


People sleeping rough on the street are a small proportion of Australia's homeless, so what is the story behind Australia's growing 'hidden homelessness'?

Fowler family invite homeless to daughter's cancelled wedding

Ian Horswill - News Ltd

When their daughter cancelled her lavish wedding 40 days before the big day, her parents decided to make the best out of a bad situation. Willie and Carol Fowler had spent thousands of dollars on their daughter Tamara's reception on September 15 at Villa Christina restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Willie Fowler decided he would not let the event go to waste.


‘Marriage improves cancer survival rate by 20% and can be better than chemotherapy when it comes to battling the disease’

Chris Pleasance - Daily Mail

Marriage has many benefits when it comes to raising children, buying a house, and having a hand to hold during life's toughest times. But new research suggests that, for some cancer patients, having a husband or wife could be more beneficial than chemotherapy. New research from Harvard University shows that, for 10 common kinds of cancer, being married means patients are 20 per cent less likely to die from the disease.

Overseas Aid

Joe Hockey says he gave 'no specific commitment' on aid to PNG

Ben Packham - The Australian

Treasurer Joe Hockey says he gave "no specific commitment" to his Papua New Guinea counterpart at a recent meeting on the level of Australian aid to be provided to the Pacific nation.

Foreign Minister boosts nation's cred with Labor's insurance scheme

The Australian

Julie Bishop has used the national disability insurance scheme introduced by former prime minister Julia Gillard to boost Australia's credentials in her first speech at the UN.


Shorten wouldn't go this far on same-sex marriage: union boss

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The head of one of the biggest right-wing unions has attacked Labor leadership aspirant Anthony Albanese as being "rabid" about gay marriage. Joe de Bruyn claimed Bill Shorten would never make the issue part of his leadership and deserved to win the ballot.

Prostitution, Sex Trafficking & Child Labour

Global decline in child labour: report


A report has found there has been significant progress towards tackling the problem of child labour, especially in Asia. Research by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) shows the number of working children has dropped globally by a third since 2000.


Syrian crisis leaves children at risk of starvation

Ruth Pollard - SMH

It is choice no child should have to make - put themselves in the line of fire or slide further into hunger. But it is the reality for the millions of civilians displaced inside Syria as they prepare to face another winter without a safe place to live or enough to eat.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistani Christians protest deadly church bombing as toll climbs

Riaz Khan - SMH

Pakistani Christians rallied Monday to denounce the deadliest attack ever in this country against the religious minority as the death toll from the church bombings the day before climbed to 85. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside the historic All Saints Church Sunday in the northwestern city of Peshawar.