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.



Wombs with a view on baby talk

John Ross - The Australian

Unborn babies recognise their parents' voices from inside the womb. New research suggests they are attuned not only to voices, but also to speech patterns.

Children and Family

Coalition softens stance on childcare reform

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

An Abbott government would retain the fundamentals of Labor's childcare reforms, a softening of its rhetoric of the last three years attacking the National Quality Framework. It would also deliver wage rises to childcare workers if awarded by the industrial umpire.

Families evicted in tenants crisis

Nick Tascano - The Age

A steep increase in evictions has reached ''crisis point'' in Melbourne's fastest-growing municipality. Police are executing eviction warrants on 22 rental properties every month in the City of Wyndham, where families are feeling the financial sting of rising unemployment and Centrelink cuts harder than anywhere else in Victoria.


US police probe Call of Duty link in Chris Lane shooting


The role of violent video games, drugs and potential links to gangs in a neighbouring city are being probed by Oklahoma detectives investigating the murder of Australian baseballer Chris Lane.

Porn may be only place gay youth see gay sex portrayed ‘positively’: UK ‘sex health’ charity head

Hilary White - LifeSiteNews

One of Britain’s largest government-sponsored youth “sexual health” charities and strongest promoters of abortion, artificial contraception and homosexuality, has expressed doubts about government plans to provide optional blockers to internet porn, saying that young people can sometimes only get the sex education they need via porn.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Via surrogacy, some men opt to become single dads

David Crary - The Day

Trey Powell's first name has an extra resonance these days. Though still a bachelor, he now presides over a family of three as the dad of twin daughters born six months ago via a surrogate mother.

Drugs & Alcohol

Doctor calls for mandatory rehabilitation program for repeat drink-drivers

Thomas Chamberlin - The Courier Mail

Almost one in every four drink drivers has been caught behind the wheel drunk again, prompting calls for Queenslanders to be forced into court-ordered rehab.

Warning on spike in synthetic drug overdose

Peter Jean - The Canberra Times

A Canberra emergency medicine specialist has urged medical professionals and paramedics to be on alert for a potential spike in overdoses from a cheap synthetic drug linked to the death of a Sydney teenager.


Push to end expulsion of gay students

Josephine Tovey - SMH

Controversial laws that allow private schools to expel students because they are gay could be abolished if the two main parties are allowed a conscience vote on the issue, the MP seeking to overturn the laws says.


Coalition slammed for weak pokies policy


Anti-gambling campaigners have accused the federal coalition of betraying problem gamblers, following the release of its poker machine policy. If it wins the election, the coalition plans to set up an industry advisory council made up of club and gaming venue operators that will meet quarterly and advise on support for problem gamblers.


Clive Palmer warns of gay marriage by stealth at forum

Mark Furler - Daily Examiner

Sunshine Coast billionaire Clive Palmer spoke of his opposition to abortion, his belief in family and the need for forgiveness as he sought to woo the church vote at a forum in Nambour on Monday night. Mr Palmer said he would allow a conscience vote on gay marriage, warning that a firm party line could lead to its introduction by stealth.

Hawaii's church leaders call for equal rights


On Monday, another rally by church pastors was held over the push for a same-sex marriage bill. This time though, religious leaders came out against the rush for legislation to protect the rights of all. Though they came from different churches, more than a hundred leaders on the same page over same-sex marriage.


Hello sailors: Kevin Rudd calls navy to save seat

Andrew Fraser & Mark Coultan - The Australian

Kevin Rudd's electorate of Griffith and a swag of marginal Brisbane seats would be the big winners from the Prime Minister's plan to relocate Australia's main east coast naval base to the Queensland capital, a move that would rip thousands of jobs and billions of dollars out of Sydney.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

New guide aims to eliminate child slavery, prostitution – UN labour agency


The United Nations labour agency today launched a new tool to help countries eliminate children’s involvement in slavery, child prostitution, drug trafficking and other types of the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

Michael Pilgrim jailed 23 years for abduction, rape of former sex worker

Adam Cooper - The Age

A man who abducted, imprisoned and repeatedly raped a woman in a sound-proofed house has been sentenced to 23 years and six months in prison for crimes a judge described as "chilling".


Hundreds of child detainees to be released from Pontville into community


The Immigration Minister Tony Burke is preparing to release almost 200 children currently being held at the Pontville detention centre near Hobart. The children will be placed into group homes in the community over the next two weeks.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iran upholds conviction of American Christian pastor

Shaun Waterman - The Washington Times

An appeals court in Iran has reaffirmed the conviction and eight-year sentence of an American Christian pastor, his wife and supporters said Monday. The decision to reject the Rev. Saeed Abedini’s appeal came Sunday from a two-judge panel of the Tehran Court of Appeals, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which defends human rights and religious freedom. The center represents Mr. Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh.

Genocide of Christians in Nigeria

Joseph DeCaro - Worthy News

Instead of sectarian strife, Islamic terrorism sanctioned by state-sponsored discrimination against Christians in northern Nigeria has led to outright genocide, the general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria told Morning Star News. "There is no war in the North," said Rev. Musa Asake. "What we have is genocide against people of the Christian faith."

Christian Girl Guide troop that rebelled over new secular oath back down

James Tozer - Dail Mail

A Christian Girl Guide troop who had refused to drop their traditional oath to God have backed down and agreed to accept a new secular wording, it emerged yesterday. Plans for a new religion-free oath due to be introduced next month have proved controversial, with 839 complaints to the movement’s leadership and warnings of a damaging split.

For Arab world's Christians, an uncertain fate


As Egypt plunges into unrest amid the military-backed government's crackdown on demonstrators, the country's Christian minority has been targeted by Islamic extremists. Dozens of churches have been burned, ransacked and looted since the government began fighting against supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohammed Morsi two weeks ago.

Sexualisation of Society

How young people are sucked in by raunch culture

Lee Burton - The Age

We can help young people challenge the porn industry's influence in everyday media.