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
Australian report shows kids are healthier, wealthier…yet worse off
Krystle Weeks - frcblog

Are children better off growing up in a healthier environment and a higher socioeconomic class? This is all contingent on whom you ask. According to a recent study commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby, this might not be the case.

Are you ready for internet XXXtortion?

Penny Young Nance - FoxNews

As if conservative family groups don’t have enough battles to fight on a daily basis, the company handling the buying and selling of the new Internet “red-light district” domain extension, “.xxx,” just handed these groups a near-impossible problem to solve.

Porn site holding Australian domains hostage

Australian web companies have until October 28 to pay US business ICM Registry for the rights to their own .xxx domain name. If they do not pay for the domain themselves within that time, porn sites and other buyers will be able to snap up addresses like or ICM Registry stands to make up to $400 million from Australian websites alone, with two million businesses operating online, according to the ABS.

Drugs & Alcohol
Cocaine use in Australia on the rise: UN


A UN report warns cocaine use in Australia is on the rise in an illegal drug market still dominated by cannabis and amphetamines. The report by the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows seizures of cocaine have risen dramatically, with 592kg confiscated in 2008-09 compared with 179.5kg just six years earlier.

Australia spends less on education: OECD


Australian governments are spending a lower proportion of their education funding than almost all OECD countries, a new report shows. And total expenditure on education in Australia is well below the OECD average. The OECD's Education at a Glance report shows Australia spends just 5.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) on education, compared with an average expenditure of 5.9 per cent of GDP.

Julia Gillard is gambling on failed poker machine limiting system
Andrew Clennell - The Daily Telegraph

The poker machine restrictions on which Julia Gillard is staking her prime ministership have failed in the only country in the world to have introduced a mandatory pre-commitment spending limit. An independent study of 3000 people in Norway found serious problem gambling had increased from 1.3 per cent to 2.1 per cent in the past three years, despite players having betting limits.

Why my generation is wrong about gay marriage

Blaise Joseph – Online Opinion

I'm 19, I'm a university student, I use social media, I play video games...and I oppose gay marriage. According to the polls and the stereotypes, I'm an anomaly. This reflects the success the gay marriage lobby has had in selling its message of "marriage equality" among youth. It has very effective talking points: that marriage currently discriminates against gays, denying them their individual rights to express their love, and that two people of the same sex marrying each other doesn't affect anyone else.

Overseas Aid
Australia boosts PNG aid to fight TB

Australia Networknews

Australia has increased its assistance to Papua New Guinea to help with the ongoing battle against tuberculosis. Australia will provide an extra $1.1 million to improve TB facilities at Daru Hospital and for outreach services for villages along the South Fly coast. Professor Guy Marks from the University of New South Wales says the real crisis for PNG is that many people are now infected with a drug resistant strain of TB.

Women must be central to global aid efforts
Kevin Rudd - SMH

A crisis of truly biblical proportions now faces the international community in the Horn of Africa. More than 12 million people — over half the population of Australia — are in need of urgent help because of famine and drought. A striking feature of the crisis is that women are disproportionately its victims. The United Nations estimates 80 per cent of refugees in the region are women and children. These women walk for days with their children, enduring danger and hardship, to find refuge.

Religious Persecution
Somali convert to Christianity kidnapped, beheaded

Simba Tian - Compass Direct News

A kidnapped Christian convert from Islam was found decapitated on Sept. 2 on the outskirts of Hudur City in Bakool region, in southwestern Somalia. The kidnapping and subsequent manner of murder suggests that al Shabaab militants had been monitoring him, Christian leaders said. Muslim extremists from al Shabaab, a militant group with ties to al Qaeda, have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity, and they control the area some 400 kilometers from Mogadishu.

Coalition keen to leave its mark on asylum bill

Philip Coorey - SMH

The federal opposition is hardening its position against an appeal by Julia Gillard to support legislation overturning the High Court decision on asylum seekers. As the standoff between Ms Gillard and Tony Abbott continued yesterday, senior sources said the Coalition was likely to try and amend the proposed legislation to prevent the government being able to send asylum seekers to Malaysia.

Crims gun-run the gauntlet on ports
Henry Budd and Bruce McDougall - The Daily Telegraph

The nation's ports have become a major frontline in the war against gun crime as criminals attempt to import arsenals large enough to start a small war. Gun-runners were caught trying to bring in thousands of firearms including machineguns, military-style assault rifles, shotguns and pistols over the past five years.

Former navy chaplain named in Parliament over rape claims
Mark Metherell – SMH

A former head Catholic chaplain of the navy, Ian Dempsey, was accused in the Senate last night of the rape of a fellow seminarian 50 years ago. The allegation by the independent senator, Nick Xenophon, came yesterday after the Catholic Church rejected the senator's ultimatum for Monsignor Dempsey to stand down from his post as parish priest at Brighton in Adelaide or be named.