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.


Charities & NFP

Forget the Gold Coast: school leavers focus on charity in Cambodia

Louise Schwartzkoff, Andrew Stevenson - SMH

As their classmates flock to the coast for a schoolies week of sunshine and mayhem, Claudia Snell and her friends will celebrate the end of school by helping the less fortunate. With the ink barely dry on their Higher School Certificate exam papers, 19 graduates from Mosman High School will fly to Cambodia to help build houses for impoverished families in a village outside Phnom Penh.

Children & Family

Grocery survey shows that Australians are finding they do not have enough money to put food on table

Neil Keene - The Daily Telegraph

Parents in the grip of rising living costs fear they can no longer afford to feed their families and are cutting back on the bare essentials just to survive. An exclusive Daily Telegraph survey of more than 1000 Australians found one in three people had gone without food in the past 12 months simply to put food on the table for their children.

Drugs & Alcohol

I’m absolutely fuming about smoking hypocrisy

Lainie Anderson - The Punch

Out of nowhere, my friend Robyn contracted pneumonia this week and ended up in hospital, gasping for breath and coughing her lungs up. It was a scary sight, seeing this dynamic, strong chick totally debilitated and struggling for oxygen. “Anyone who’s thinking about taking up smoking should get a little dose of pneumonia,” she said with a wheeze. “I can’t believe anyone would voluntarily do this to their bodies by sucking on cigarettes.”


Inquiry threatens ethics class experiment

Sean Nicholls - Bombala Times

A parliamentary inquiry will examine whether ethics classes in NSW schools should be abolished less than a year after they began, prompting accusations of a deal between the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, and the Christian Democratic MP Fred Nile. The inquiry, which will report by June, will be conducted by a committee dominated by conservative MPs, including the Liberals David Clarke and Marie Ficarra, and Mr Nile's colleague Paul Green.

Multi-faith education fails to win Synod support

Anglican Media Melbourne

Synod rejected a motion calling for a program of multi-faith, General Religious Education to be introduced in state schools as soon as possible. Bishop Stephen Hale, the chairman of ACCESS Ministries, warned that if the motion were adopted, the Victorian Government might have to make a choice between GRE and Special Religious Education (SRI), also known as Christian Religious Education (CRE).


NSW backs miners on water release

David Wroe - SMH

The NSW government privately pressed the independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority to release more groundwater for the mining industry in its draft basin plan, the Herald can reveal. In a letter to the chairman of the authority, Craig Knowles, on July 28, the NSW Office of Water Commissioner David Harriss asked for a 560 gigalitre rise in the amount of groundwater allowed to be taken from six key aquifers, citing the needs of mining companies.


Don't block gambling payments, say banks

Stephanie Peatling - SMH

The banks and the credit card company Visa have warned the federal government that any attempt to use the payments system to clamp down on internet gambling would be unworkable. They are worried that trying to block payments made to internet gambling websites could also interfere with online shopping.

ALP carries pokie burden

Patrick Lion – The Daily Telegraph

Julia Gillard's poker machine crackdown has left her NSW heartland exposed, with the state's Labor MPs sitting on 25 per cent more machines than the Coalition. The Daily Telegraph can reveal the full extent of the Prime Minister's gamble to support independent Andrew Wilkie's do-or-die demands for controversial mandatory pre-commitment laws.

Human Rights

Judge rules against mother, and sharia law, on custody

Caroline Overington - The Australian

A Family Court judge has refused to send an eight-year-old Australian boy home to his mother in the United Arab Emirates on the grounds she would automatically get custody of him and his father would miss out. In a decision published last week, judge Michael Kent, in the Brisbane branch of the Family Court, said the boy should stay in Australia, where he has been since June 10. This would mean his custody would be decided not by an Islamic court imposing sharia law, but by an Australian court, which was more likely to respect the role of his father in his life.


Agency to force NT truant kids from bed to classroom

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Truants and their parents in the Northern Territory will be forced to attend a mandatory conference with the school, the government and Centrelink which will devise an "attendance plan" to get them turning up everyday, before their welfare is suspended.


Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein celebrate 30 years of marriage

Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein have clocked up 30 years of marriage - and the former prime minister says his wife deserved an Order of Australia for sticking by him.


PM surges in poll, but Labor still trails badly

Michelle Grattan - The Age

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's approval rating has jumped by six points and Labor has narrowed the Coalition's two-party lead in the Age/Nielsen poll. Ms Gillard has also drawn level with Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister for the first time since June, continuing the recent better trend for the government and providing heart to its MPs.

Whistleblower in eye of storm for control of Health Services Union

Kate McClymont – SMH

The troubled Health Services Union is set for a torrid few days at its annual general conference as the powerful NSW branch battles with its Victorian counterpart for control of the union.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex workers eye suburbs

Bianca Hall - Canberra Times

Groups of sex workers could be allowed to work from private homes under recommendations expected to be made to an inquiry into Canberra's laws.

Casino in prostitution investigation

Heath Aston - SMH

The illegal shuttling of prostitutes to The Star casino complex by known ''pimps'' is under investigation by a government review into the licence of the revamped casino. The Star insisted yesterday it took a ''zero-tolerance approach to prostitution''. But reports compiled by its own staff, and obtained by The Sun-Herald, show suspected prostitutes and their handlers routinely ply their trade unchallenged inside the complex, including in its hotel.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Violence in Yobe State, Nigeria aimed mainly at Christians

Compass Direct

They stormed this town in Yobe state, northern Nigeria like a swarm of bees, and at the end of their four-hour rampage, some 150 people had been killed – at least 130 of them Christians, according to church sources. Hundreds of people are still missing, and the destruction included the bombing of at least 10 church buildings.


Police delve into Fairfax's hacking crisis targeting reporters on The Age

Daily Telegraph

Police have launched anl investigation into allegations reporters from Fairfax's The Age newspaper illegally hacked into an ALP electoral database. Detectives from the VicPol's E-Crime Unit headed by John Manley executed a search warrant on the ALP's King St headquarters in Victoria on Thursday morning.