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.



Shock at the parade of strutting skeletons at Australian Fashion Week

News Ltd

A Trend towards using sickly skinny models on the catwalk has seen some Australian Fashion Week shows dubbed “The Hunger Games”. Hardened fashion commentators were shocked when models appeared on the runway at designer Carla Zampatti’s show in Sydney on Sunday night looking excessively thin.

Homelessness & Poverty

Call for long-term homelessness strategy


Social service groups are calling for a long-term strategy to deal with the rising problem of homelessness in Australia.

Youth Homelessness Matters Day - Father Chris Riley

Christopher Welsh

Wednesday is Youth Homelessness Matters Day. It's a day organised by 'Youth off the Streets" which aims to debunk some of the myths of Youth homelessness. You may have done it... been down the street and seen someone you assume is homeless. Immediately you judge about how they ended up on the streets... sometimes you may even cross the street to avoid them.


John Anderson warns against large changes in indigenous referendum

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Former deputy prime minister John Anderson has been recruited to review the government progress towards a referendum on changing the Constitution to recognise Aborigines. Mr Anderson, who has been recruited by the federal govern-ment to review progress on the referendum, said the vote was a “constructive” opportunity to further relations between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

Govt must secure indigenous funding: Calma

Neda Vanovac - News Ltd

It is unreasonable for the Abbott government to make indigenous health service providers wait until next month's federal budget to find out whether they will have a job beyond June 30, the chancellor of the University of Canberra says.

Less than one in five indigenous youth in work and study

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Fewer than one in five young people in remote indigenous communities are fully engaged in work or study, bolstering the Abbott government’s push for a radical shake-up of welfare and housing rules.


Somebody tell Labor it’s in big trouble

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Just what does have to happen to the Labor Party to convince its parliamentary leaders they are in trouble and have to change? It’s as if Labor’s worst result on record in Western Australia is some bolt out of the blue that is now the excuse for internal ALP reform and policy reappraisal.

Tasmanian Labor not giving staffing funds to Greens

Rosemary Bolger - The Examiner

Labor has ruled out handing over any money to the Greens to hire extra staff, after the Liberals told the two parties to work it out between themselves.


Cambodia will put refugees at risk: academics

Sarah Whyte - SMH

Dangerous political instability in Cambodia could put asylum seekers at grave risk, a leading academic has warned, as Immigration Minister Scott Morrison gave his strongest indication yet that refugees may be resettled there.


Bendigo Bank stands by decision to close account of anti-mosque group

Simon Lauder - ABC

A bank is standing by its decision to close the account of a protest group which is fighting plans to build a mosque in the Victorian city of Bendigo. The Bendigo Bank last week informed the Stop the Mosque group that it was closing the group's account, saying the bank only wants to do business with organisations that share its values.