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

Movement on fathers' overnight access

Bettina Arndt - The Age

Barriers constraining divorced fathers having their young children stay with them overnight may be lifted, with key family law organisations revising policies blocking overnight care of infants and toddlers. The rethink follows the publication of an academic paper endorsed by 110 leading international experts challenging the policies. The paper is highly critical of a key 2010 study that found any regular overnight care by fathers was damaging to infants and toddlers.

Under-pressure Tony Abbott drops parental leave cut-off to $100,000

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Tony Abbott has dropped the controversial threshold for his paid parental leave scheme from $150,000 to $100,000 for the sake of “equity and simplicity’’, bringing his signature project in line with his new welfare limit.

Drugs & Alcohol

Ice abuse a 'frustrating' issue, says police minister

Blair Thompson - The Examiner

Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells says he feels for parents dealing with children abusing ice. Speaking from Bendigo on Monday, Mr Wells said methamphetamine abuse was a growing issue in regional Australia.

Australia in the grip of an ice 'pandemic'

Danny Rose - The Australian

Australia is in the grip of an ice pandemic with the amount of amphetamine-type stimulants seized by border control hitting a record. The nation's drug supply is also changing as drug dealers and users turn to the internet and use the mail as a drug delivery service, says the head of the Australian Crime Commission.


He who pays the piper calls the tune: gambling with research

Charles Livingstone, Francis Markham, Martin Young - The Conversation

According to a new report, academic research into gambling is heavily biased, and controlled by industry and government.

Homelessness & Poverty

Opening our eyes to homelessness in Canberra

Emma Kelly - Canberra Times

Canberra’s Sam Booker has always been open-minded about homelessness but working with Safe Shelter truly opened her eyes. “It definitely broke down a lot of assumptions I had about homelessness and about how prevalent it is, as it’s something we don’t see a lot of,” she said.

Hundreds of children homeless in Brisbane, survey reveals

Andree Withey - ABC

A snapshot of Brisbane's most disadvantaged has revealed there are more than 530 homeless children in the city, and their average age is five-and-a-half. The findings are included in the results of a survey of Brisbane's homeless carried out by agencies involved in the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign.


Indigenous bodies face merger to end funding failures

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The Coalition’s Commission of Audit has recommended sweeping changes to indigenous ­affairs, arguing there is major waste, duplication between the states, territories and the commonwealth, and a generational failure to achieve outcomes for Aboriginal Australians.


Labor loses one WA Senate seat in big swing against major parties


Labor has been reduced to one Senate seat in Western Australia after the final results of the rerun West Australian Senate election were released on Tuesday. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) said the Liberal party picked up three seats, with one each to Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United party (PUP).

‘Deficit levy’ faces Senate block as Labor, Greens say they won’t back it

Jared Owens - The Australian

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has flagged he may block the Abbott government’s mooted income tax levy in the Senate. Mr Shorten told reporters in Bendigo today the government had concocted a false “budget emergency” and was breaking its election promise not to raise tax rates.