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.




Anti-abortion pamphlet furore

Sarah Martin, Politicial Reporter The Advertiser

ANTI-ABORTION pamphlets published by MP Ann Bressington have come under fire for misleading information.

Ms Bressington said she was funding the printing of 120,000 anti-abortion pamphlets to be distributed by a group who had contacted her office concerned about the practice of abortion in South Australia.

Doctors accepting payments from drug companies


A former pharmaceutical saleswoman has told the ABC she regularly paid senior Australian doctors to deliver promotional presentations to other doctors about new drugs.  Petra Helesic, who worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years, says Australian specialists were offered free trips to international conferences and paid to deliver presentations that often used drug company slides.

Children & Family

Happy Father's Day, mum - gender restriction a challenge for gay families
Eleanor Ainge Roy - SMH

When Bernadette Walsh's five-year-old daughter, Noa, was asked to make a Father's Day card in class, Noa baulked. The little girl told her teacher that she had no father, but the teacher insisted she make a card anyway.


When parents select baby's sex

Cosima Marriner – Brisbane Times

PARENTS should be able to choose the sex of any babies after their first child to ''gender balance'' their family, says a leading Sydney obstetrician.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy
Daughter Melinda Arnold to receive womb transplant from mum

Robyn Riley - Sunday Herald Sun

When she was three Melinda Arnold knew she wanted to be a mother.  Now 34, her journey has been challenging and heartbreaking.  Born without a womb - or uterus - the organ that nurtures and carries a baby, Mel and husband Andy have tried surrogacy and attempted to adopt, and all the while Mel's mum, Denise Allen, has been by her side.


Drugs & Alcohol 
Kids can get alcohol for as little as 25c online

Alex White - Sunday Herald Sun

Victorian kids are getting drunk on alcohol sachets ordered from overseas websites for as little as 25c a shot.  Community workers have slammed the Chinese and South African websites selling the bags, containing liquor, including vodka, rum and gin, to Australians without any identification checks.


Figures show 3500 children aged 10 to 15 charged for drug-related offences in three years to June 2010, a 26 per cent spike between 2009 and 2010
Jason Tin Jackie Sinnerton - The Sunday Mail (Qld)

Children as young as 10 are turning to pot and other drugs, with charges against them now outstripping booze offences three to one.  Alarming figures obtained by The Sunday Mail show almost 3500 charges laid against children aged between 10 and 15 over drug-related offences in the three years to June 2010, with a 26 per cent spike between 2009 and 2010.


Gap between poor and rich schools growing

Andrew Stevenson - SMH

Children at public schools serving poor communities are three to five years behind their peers at schools in wealthy suburbs, an analysis of NAPLAN test results has found.  The education gap is similar for both public and private schools in affluent areas, according to the study.
Daryn Cresswell out of jail and claiming AFL players bet on their own matches

The Daily Telegraph

Former Sydney Swans player Daryn Cresswell says a gambling problem led him to lose close to $1 million and reckons he knows of players who bet on matches they played in.  Cresswell, who has recently been released from jail after defrauding a bank to fuel his gambling problem, has also admitted to betting on a game he was playing in.


How your clubs hit the jackpot
Stephanie Peatling - SMH

More than $11 billion is pushed through gaming machines in NSW every three months, giving clubs a profit of $800 million.  Anti-pokies campaigners, including churches and the Greens, say that figure makes a mockery of claims clubs cannot afford to introduce gambling controls.


Boost for Gillard after week of chaos


The Gillard government has enjoyed a boost in support despite the chaos of last week, but it would still be trounced should an election be held today.  The latest Herald/Nielsen poll finds Labor's primary vote has jumped 3 percentage points in a month to 30 per cent, a small increase but psychologically significant because it is the first time since May Labor's first preference vote has been in the 30s.

Religious Persecution

Egypt's military rulers criminalize discrimination

The Associated Press  

Egypt's transitional military rulers have issued a decree prohibiting all forms of discrimination, including on the basis of religion. The step comes about a week after 26 people were killed in clashes involving minority Coptic Christian protesters, the military and others. It was the worst bloodshed since Hosni Mubarak's ouster in February.