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.


Last night, Jim Wallace was on the Open House radio program with host Leigh Hatcher talking about the marriage issue. The interview will be uploaded on later today.


Steve Jobs was glad he didn’t become a victim of abortion

Steven Ertelt - Life News

A new biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs indicates the businesses visionary was glad he did not become a victim of abortion. The new quotes from Jobs follow on numerous columns pro-life advocates have written saying that they were glad Jobs was spared from abortion via adoption and wishing other children had been given a similar positive fate.

The best doctors are only human

Ruth Lamperd Herald Sun

In Melbourne's eastern suburbs on Friday, a boy called Kush will join classmates at a graduation dinner celebrating the end of his primary school years. Last year, he qualified for his school's cross-country competition and he plays cricket every weekend.

Children & Family

Adelaide schoolboy's spleen burst by bullies

Emily Watkins - Sunday Mail (SA)

A schoolboy brutally bashed at school was allegedly kicked and stomped on until his spleen ruptured. Callen Wade, 14, was in Hamilton Secondary College's schoolyard in Adelaide's suburbs last week when he was attacked, sustaining injuries so severe that he was initially treated in the city's Women's and Children's Hospital's intensive care unit.

Same sex adoption is not a game

Rick Fitzgibbons - Mercatornet

Allowing same sex couples to adopt children deprives them of a mother or a father and subjects them to a dangerous social experiment. Moves by legislators and homosexual activists to endorse same sex adoption are misguided. Their intentions may be good, but they are ignoring the rights of children and important social and psychological research into the homosexual lifestyle.

Distressed families flood psychiatrists over children dangerously addicted to computer games and the internet

The Daily Telegraph

Distressed families are flooding psychiatrists with pleas for help for children dangerously hooked on computer games and the internet. The condition known as "pathological internet misuse" is growing so rapidly among adolescents and young adults that it could soon be formally recognised as a mental health disorder.

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Drugs & Alcohol

Red frogs at schoolies

Joshua Maule - Eternity

More than half of the revellers at Schoolies weeks on the Gold Coast this year will hail from Christian schools. And standing among the wash of alcohol and parties are the Red Frog Crew, offering a non-judgemental Christian witness. Holding bags of lollies donated by Allens - 10.1 tonnes of them - some 1300 “froggers” act as guardians at the coming-of-age event. “The guys,” says founder Andy Gourley, “are super popular. It’s like you’ve just won Australian Idol to walk out on the street in a Red Frogs shirt.”


'No school will lose a dollar': Education Minister Peter Garrett

Samantha Maiden - The Sunday Telegraph

Public and private schools face the biggest funding overhaul in decades as the Gillard government prepares to scrap the current system. Warning Australia risks a "two-tiered school system" that fails the nation's struggling students, Education Minister Peter Garrett has slammed the current system as "all over the place". And for the first time, he's confirmed the government's intention to legislate any changes next year -- before voters cast their ballot at the 2013 election.

Teen mothers told to finish Year 12, go to TAFE or lose your welfare payment

Brittany Stack - The Sunday Telegraph

Teenage mums who refuse to return to school or enter job training will lose their parenting payments. On first reading, the Federal Government's planned trial to force teen mums back to work or school is a terrible idea. At least that's what I thought. Come January, thousands of teenage mothers will have to do finish Year 12, go to TAFE or lose their welfare payments. Young mums in NSW suburbs Bankstown, Wyong and Shellharbour will be among the first in Australia forced to take part in a federal government trial of 10 disadvantaged areas that will strip them of their benefits if they don't finish Year 12.


Farmers vow to fight water-sharing plan

Rosslyn Beeby - The Canberra Times

Australia's peak farm irrigation group has pledged to ''stay at the table and fight'' to secure sweeping changes to the Murray- Darling Basin Authority's new draft water- sharing plan. The draft plan will be published today and is expected to set a target of between 3500 to 4000 gigalitres of water a year to be returned to the basin's river systems through cuts to irrigation allocations. The Murrumbidgee is expected to take one of the biggest cuts, but the ACT - which sits within the Murrumbidgee catchment - is likely to be exempt.


Clubs firm on who pays for pokie trial

Ross Peake - The Canberra Times

The green light for ACT clubs to conduct the nation's first trial of controversial changes to poker machines to curb problem gamblers is believed to be imminent. However, federal Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin will have to give clubs an ironclad guarantee that the Government will pay for the trial. The trial is being given fresh attention in the wake of the Government gaining an extra vote in the House of Representatives through the election of former Liberal Peter Slipper as Speaker.

Hokey-pokie over speaker may shaft problem gamblers

David Penberthy - The Punch

Tony Abbott described the events in Canberra yesterday surrounding the speakership of the Parliament as a bad day for democracy. Abbott was right, but for the wrong reasons. The most undemocratic outcome of yesterday’s events could now be that a reform aimed at making life more bearable for problem gamblers, which is supported by a majority of Australians, will now be dumped because Labor has the numbers in the house to get away with pulling it, thus avoiding a fight to the death with powerful gambling interests.

Online gamblers likely to take bigger risks


A study of online gamblers suggests that people who bet over the internet are more likely to take bigger risks while betting than other gamblers. The survey, conducted by Southern Cross University, found that 80 per cent of people who gambled online were betting on racing and sports, with the remaining 20 per cent using casino game sites.

Human Rights

Exodus in Papua amid fears of crackdown

Karlis Salna - AAP

Human rights groups have called for Australian monitors to be allowed into Papua amid reports people are fleeing parts of the Indonesian province due to fears of another violent crackdown on pro-independence rallies planned for next week. In a joint letter to Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Human Rights Watch and the Melbourne-based Human Rights Law Centre have called for Australian embassy staff to be deployed to the restive Indonesian province to monitor events on December


Bligh hopes civil union bill will get nod

Darren Cartwright - NineMsn

If a bill to legalise same-sex civil unions is defeated in the Queensland parliament this week it will be an opportunity lost, says Premier Anna Bligh. The Civil Partnerships Bill was introduced last month by Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser to acknowledge the relationship rights of gay and lesbian couples. It's as far as a state government can go as the Marriage Act is a federal law.

Death of marriage the path to equality

Meagan Tyler – The Drum, ABC

The big problem with marriage equality is that it's an oxymoron. While the phrase has become a rallying cry for those in favour of making same-sex marriage legal, it ignores the way marriage functions as an institution. In the West, marriage is an institution fundamentally grounded in inequality.

Wallaby boycotts marriage until gays have same right

David Sygall, Stephanie Peatling – The Age

The politicians are about to debate same-sex marriage, but rugby union star David Pocock has already made up his mind. Pocock captained the Wallabies for the first time yesterday, in a Test match against the British Barbarians at Twickenham in London. So strongly does he support the right of all people to marry, he and partner Emma Palandri have refused to seal their relationship legally until their gay friends can do the same.

Overseas Aid

Rudd to press China on aid secrecy

Adam Gartrell - AAP

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is to push China to open up its secretive foreign aid program to more international scrutiny. In the coming week Mr Rudd is to attend a major development summit, the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which is expected to attract 2000 delegates from 160 countries to the South Korean city of Busan.


ALP conference: This party’s no cause for celebration

Malcolm Farr – The Punch

The ALP national conference is coming up and this time it might actually be interesting rather than an event more scripted than an inflight safety announcement.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Child used as sex slave for years

Jared Owens – The Australian

A girl younger than 12 was kept as a sex slave in a suburban home brothel for eight years, a police taskforce has alleged. More than 200 charges have been laid over the alleged operation, with authorities claiming the girl was trafficked into Australia and prostituted to numerous older men in a house on Brisbane's southside.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

U.S. religious freedom commission granted brief extension

Catholic News Agency

A federal commission that advocates for religious freedom around the world has been given a four-week reprieve from closing its doors on Nov. 18. Funding for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Free om was included in a “minibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 16, amid continuing budget-reducing negotiations.

Sexualisation of Society

The Sex Addiction Epidemic

Chris Lee - Newsweek

It wrecks marriages, destroys careers, and saps self-worth. Yet Americans are being diagnosed as sex addicts in record numbers. “Sex addiction” remains a controversial designation—often dismissed as a myth or providing talk-show punchlines thanks to high-profile lotharios such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Tiger Woods. But compulsive sexual behavior, can systematically destroy a person’s life much as addictions to alcohol or drugs can. And it’s affecting an increasing number of Americans. Some of the growth has been fueled by the digital revolution, which has revved up America’s carnal metabolism.