The ACL compiles a daily media monitoring services of stories of interest relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. See here to read what's in the news today.



Children & Family
Vic crime stats show big jump in reports of family violence

Rachel Carbonell - ABC
In Victoria reports of family violence have jumped by more than 25 per cent in the last year. But the new crime statistics don't necessarily mean that domestic violence itself is on the increase. The increase is likely to be because of increased reporting of traditionally under reported crimes and those who have to deal with the problem say it's a positive step in the battle against a very old taboo. Police say the high incidence of family violence in Victoria is a significant problem.

Miranda Kerr pushes against bullying and youth suicide
International Business Times
After the tragic death of her cousin, supermodel Miranda Kerr openly talked about how depression in teens can be prevented so suicides will be a thing of the past. Kerr, who had a teenage cousin who took his own life recently, decided she needed something to do to avoid and be an advocate of suicide's prevention.

Elderly couple die together

Nikkii Joyce - Ipswich Advertiser
An elderly Sunshine Coast couple has died in a suspected suicide pact, reigniting debate on the Coast about legalising voluntary euthanasia. The man and woman, aged in their 90s, were discovered by a friend on Sunday morning in their Buderim home.

Shopping or gambling?

Henrietta Cook - Canberra Times
A new Australian website that allows shoppers to have a punt while snapping up bargains has drawn criticism from addiction experts. is based on a new concept called ratio shopping that lets shoppers try their luck at purchasing an item for $1, otherwise they pay the advertised price. Wyngle founder Sebastian Langton said the concept added an element of excitement to shopping and was ''not really a form of gambling''.

Human Rights
Bob Carr calls for end to Victorian Charter of Human Rights

Anne Wright - Herald Sun
Former NSW Labor Premier Bob Carr has warned that retaining the Victorian Charter of Human Rights could liken the state to the UK, where public servants are too scared to enforce the law in fear of being taken to court. Speaking at a meeting calling for the repeal of the charter yesterday, Mr Carr said British public servants were so afraid of breaching the European charter of human rights, they were scared into inaction.

Gay marriage not on radar for Abbott, Bishop

Andrew Priestley - Manly Daily
Tony Abbott and Bronwyn Bishop have been accused by the Greens of “ignoring their constituents” after neither would say whether their people in electorates supported or opposed same-sex marriage. When asked about the issue, the Opposition Leader and member for Warringah stated his personal opposition to same-sex marriage. “My view has always been that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said.

Couples who live together before they marry are much more likely to divorce, says Christian think-tank
Daily Mail
Couples who live together before they marry are 'significantly' more likely to end up divorced, says a report by a Christian think-tank. The study also discovered that more couples are cohabiting than ever before - with the average time living together before tying the knot doubling to three-and-a-half years in the past four decades. The Jubilee Centre, a social reform group with a Christian perspective, said that living together had become 'a more fragile state of relationship than ever before'.

A union to make believers of all
Michael Kirby – The Australian
In the 1990s, when a challenge was brought to the New Zealand Court of Appeal under their Bill of Rights Act by two women, contending that an interpretation of the Marriage Act discriminated against them impermissibly on the ground of their sexual orientation, by denying them access to marriage, I reacted adversely to the dissenting view of judge Ted Thomas.

Overseas Aid
Somalia's plight demands our attention

Sarah McKenzie - SMH
Australians demonstrated genuine concern and compassion following the Japanese tsunami earlier this year. Yet now, with East Africa facing one of the worst famines to hit the world in decades, it seems that the most we can muster is a kind of collective shrug of shoulders as we reach to change the channel.

Religious Persecution
Church leaders in Bangladesh beaten at police station

Hundreds of Christians this month protested the hitting of two church leaders at a police station in southern Bangladesh after a Christian reported a local ruling party activist had occupied his house.