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.




Surgical abortion pre-term risk

Nick Crumpton – BBC News

Women who have "surgical" abortions are more likely in the future to give birth to babies prematurely than women who have medically-induced terminations, a study suggests.

Democrats draw criticism for platform supporting abortion without exception

FOX News

Republicans took a lot of heat for their official platform on abortion, which opposed the procedure without including exceptions for cases of rape, incest or life of the mother. But Democrats are now drawing criticism for their own no-exceptions policy.

Children & Family

Three quarters of those without children are so ‘by choice’

Aleisha Orr – WA Today

It has nothing to do with physical complications or whether they have the right partner or not, but a WA study has found that most people who do not have children are childless by choice. The survey, by Edith Cowan University lecturer in psychology Bronwyn Harman, found three quarters of people without children had made an active choice to not have children.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Controversial egg sharing has been helping women conceive, but at what cost?

Rachel Carlyle – Express News

Somewhere out there, one-year-old Jasmyn Coombs has a brother or sister the same age as her, but they’re not twins and she’s unlikely ever to meet them. That’s because her mother, Claire, gave away one of her eggs while she was having IVF to conceive Jasmyn.

Drugs & Alcohol

Victoria’s crackdown on repeat drink drivers and drivers who take drugs

Keith Moor – Herald Sun

Victoria’s new 10-year road safety strategy will include tough new measures against repeat drink drivers and those who drive under the influence of drugs.


No tax hikes for Gonski reform: PM

Bianca Hall & Michelle Grattan – The Age

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has ruled out raising taxes to pay for the Gonski schools funding reforms, dismissing the suggestion as an opposition scare campaign. 

Unis urged to get serious about English proficiency

Bernard Lane – The Australian

English may become serious business for universities as they convince the national regulator and employers that they are turning out graduates with the communication skills to do the job.

Schools ready to close as teachers walk out

Herald Sun

Catholic schools are being forced to close and dozens have cancelled lessons for tomorrow as teachers get ready to strike across the state.


Concern wording to mask homeless reality

Patricia Karvelas – The Australian

Mission Australia has warned that a change in the Australian Bureau of Statistics' definition of homelessness could lead to the official number of people living on the street being revised down. 


A case for change

Michael Short – Brisbane Times

Australia is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and a place that prides itself on being underpinned by fairness and decency. The greatest blot on our society and economy then, must surely be the gap between the outcomes for indigenous Australians and the rest of the population.

Indigenous education rate soars

Dan Harrison – SMH

The number of indigenous students in higher education has jumped by more than 40 per cent over the past five years, but Aboriginal people remain under-represented at Australian universities.


Referendum and same-sex marriage bills announced in SNP plans

BBC News

An independence referendum bill and another to legalise same-sex marriage form part of the Scottish government's new legislative programme. 

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Senior Islamic cleric defends Christian girl

Jon Boone – SMH

The Christian girl who was allegedly framed for blasphemy by her local mullah was hailed as a ''daughter of the nation'' by one of Pakistan's most senior Islamic clerics who also vowed to guarantee her safety if she is eventually released from prison.

Christians take ‘beliefs’ fight to European Court of Human Rights

BBC News

Four British Christians who claim they lost their jobs as a result of discrimination against their beliefs are taking their cases to the European Court of Human Rights.


The human cost of political expediency

Damien Kingsbury – SMH

The treatment of Sri Lankan asylum seekers shows that further punishing victims is deemed acceptable if it can score domestic political points.

Indonesia cold on refugee ship transfers

Michael Bachelard – SMH

Indonesia has threatened to deny Australian requests for ship-to-ship transfer of rescued refugees so they can be returned to Indonesia.

Sexualisation of Society

Tougher penalties for child sex offenders

Brisbane Times

Child sex offenders will face tougher penalties under new laws announced by the Queensland government. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie used Child Protection Week to announce the reforms, which will increase maximum penalties for child pornography and child exploitation offences.