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.




Speedo wins case against porn blogger

Jamelle Wells - ABC

A blogger has been ordered to shut down pornographic websites because they featured Speedo swimming costumes and domain names using the company's trademark. Speedo took blogger Dave Evans to the Federal Court, claiming his websites infringed trademarks and threatened the company's reputation.

Aussie tip-off nails 'mirror image' paedophile ring


A British woman and four men have been found guilty of various offences for their part in an international paedophile ring that committed "horrific" crimes against two young children in Britain and one in Australia.

Drugs & Alcohol

Canadian charged with importing date rape drug


A 27-year-old Canadian national has appeared in a Cairns court charged with importing about two litres of a known date-rape drug. Olivier Lessard was charged after customs officers investigated a package posted from The Netherlands containing two plastic bottles labelled as floor stripper.


Why have Brits quit Facebook?

The Sun (UK)

Users from across the globe are abandoning the social networking site as similar pages, such as Twitter, become more popular. Around 100,000 of Britain's 30million members, half the country's population, deactivated their accounts last month. There was also a drop of around 6million Facebook fans in the US, 1.5million in Canada and more than 100,000 users in both Russia and Norway.


Kevin Rudd will support pokies but won't reject talk of PM challenge

Phillip Hudson - The Daily Telegraph

Kevin Rudd has backed Julia Gillard's controversial poker machine crackdown after some Labor MPs claimed he was being deliberately vague about it. "Of course I support the Government's policy on pokies," Mr Rudd told the Herald Sun. It came after the former PM also insisted he was happy being the Foreign Minister, although he refused to directly rule out a challenge to Ms Gillard, who is in France for the G20 leaders summit.


Gay civil unions not a priority: MP

Shannon Newley - Warwick Daily News

Same-sex civil unions were not high on the list of priorities for this electorate, Member for the Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said, after a bill proposing they be legalised was introduced into State Parliament by Labor last week. "I can honestly say I cannot recollect one single person coming up to me in my electorate saying they were worried about the issue," Mr Springborg said.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Prostitution crackdown will push all sex workers out of suburbs

Rania Spooner and Courtney Trenwith - SMH

The state government has agreed to financially support sex workers leaving the industry and has backed away from requiring they all be registered in a bid to gain support for its crackdown on suburban prostitution. Attorney-General Christian Porter said limited prostitution would be allowed in non-suburban areas, which would be strictly regulated, licensed and monitored, with heavy penalties for breaches.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

10 militants charged with planning Indonesian church attack

Associated Press

Ten suspected militants have gone on trial for allegedly planning to bomb an Indonesian church before Easter mass and to film the inferno for broadcast. Authorities in April recovered explosives planted beneath a gas pipeline near 3,000-seat Christ Cathedral Church outside the capital.


We begged captain to turn back: sinking survivor


A survivor of the asylum seeker boat accident off the coast of Indonesia says passengers begged the captain to take them back to shore before it sank. Eight people died when the rickety nine-metre wooden boat, which was carrying about 60 asylum seekers, started taking on water off the coast of west Java on Tuesday morning.

Sexualisation of Society

Defence sex abuse continues - findings

Widespread low-level sexual harassment continues to exist at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) with some isolated incidents of serious misconduct, a newly released review says. But the report into the treatment of women at the academy found the culture had improved significantly since the 1998 Grey Review, which detailed a high level of unacceptable sexual behaviour at ADFA.


Keating's 'mace' spray at Q&A

Daniel Hurst - SMH

Former prime minister Paul Keating has likened ABC TV's Q&A program to the Punch and Judy show, saying he wouldn't be seen dead on it. Fronting a Brisbane audience to promote his new book last night, Mr Keating said Q&A sometimes had reasonable panellists but often featured a "ragtag" bunch.

Outrage as Muslim extremist Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon's website attacks dead Diggers

Shannon Deery - The Daily Telegraph

Federal police are investigating a heartless website campaign by a Muslim extremist desecrating the memory of fallen soldiers. As the bodies of three Diggers killed by a rogue Afghan soldier began their journey home this week, radical Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon caused outrage among grieving families by launching a cruel Facebook page attacking the men.