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.


One woman’s persuasion saves others

In the past six years, one lone crusader has persuaded around 1,000 pregnant women against having an abortion. “I want to raise awareness among local people of the importance of protecting the fetus and respecting life. Abortion is a crime against God,” says 55-year-old Marie Alfonse Nguyen Ngoc Thanh.

New code of ethics for pharmacists


A revised code of ethics for pharmacists will be unveiled amid mounting controversy surrounding a new deal for pharmacists to promote Blackmores products to consumers. Blackmores could provide ''the Coke and fries'' with prescription drugs, giving pharmacies ''a new and important revenue stream''. Mr Kardachi said the PSA was appalled at any reference of pharmacies becoming a McDonald’s-style business.

Children & Family
Time to say sorry for all the broken hearts

Martin Laverty

Some women live with broken hearts, past practices having taken their babies from them for placement in adoption.

Overkill ban overturned

The Classification Review Board has unanimously decided to award House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut an MA15+ rating. Sega Australia appealed a refused classification decision from the Classification Board in August and did not make any changes to the game.

Drugs & Alcohol
LNP opens door to closing clubs early

Daniel Hurst - Brisbane Times

Queensland's Liberal National Party has opened the door to winding back pub and club trading hours if it wins government. But the opposition yesterday declined to spell out any detail about its plans, saying only that it would consult with emergency services and businesses. Premier Anna Bligh declared that trading hours should not be reconsidered until after the government's “drink safe precincts” trial wraps up.

Alcohol action groups want wine tax change
Katina Curtis - SMH

An alliance of health and social groups and academics is calling for the government to reconsider how it taxes all alcohol, especially wine. The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) is hosting its own tax forum on Wednesday specifically to discuss alcohol taxes, ahead of the federal government's forum in Canberra next week.

BBC staff reject 'absurd' BC/AD stance

Tim Ross - London

The BBC is facing a backlash from leading presenters over the advice they should use ''religiously neutral'' terms instead of BC or AD because non-Christians could take offence.

Clubs lobby says strategy based on flawed study

Philip Coorey - SMH

The powerful clubs lobby has taken on the federal Treasury, saying its claims about the effectiveness of mandatory pre-commitment technology on poker machines are based on a flawed trial.

Indigenous issues
Aboriginal education needs change: expert


Aboriginal children need a modern education that closes the literacy gap and prepares them to deal with global issues such as climate change, an expert says. Indigenous Australians are worried about rainfall in the interior, reduced biodiversity and seas rising in the Torres Strait, says Lester-Irabinna Rigney, University of Adelaide's Dean of Aboriginal Education.

Aboriginal welfare crisis talks
Michael Owen

Federal intervention to quarantine welfare payments will top the agenda, as the state government comes under increasing pressure to respond to requests from Aboriginal leaders to implement an income management scheme in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.

British Muslims reviving polygamy

Rosemary Bennett - The Times

A growing number of young British Muslims are taking second or third wives in an unexpected revival of polygamy, according to religious leaders. The new wave of polygamy is revealed in a special report by the BBC Asian Network using findings from the Islamic Sharia Council. The council, which provides legal advice and guidance to Muslims, said it was receiving an unprecedented number of inquiries about polygamous marriages.

Australian Young Labor national conference: gay marriage
Andrew Crook - Crikey

The Australian Young Labor national conference has backed progressive reforms on gay marriage and asylum seekers while simultaneously electing arch social conservative Ben Maxfield as its next president.

Same-sex marriage soon - Kirby

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby believes Australia will legalise same-sex marriage soon, though it may be a bit late for him to take the plunge.

Overseas Aid
Advice on aid handed out

Finance Ministers from across the Commonwealth have called on countries around the world to improve the management and tracking of their international aid. Meeting in Washington last week, the Ministers said strengthened accountability would make aid more effective in creating jobs, improving livelihoods and combating poverty. South Africa’s Finance Minister who chaired the meeting. Pravin Gordhan said results of aid projects often hinged on factors beyond the control of partner countries but the Ministers had agreed that tightening conditions needed to be avoided.

Family First wants promise watchdog

Daniel Wills - The Advertiser

Family First has called for SA to introduce an independent Budget office to cost election promises. Federal Parliament is finalising Budget office plans, a key demand of key independents after last year's election. SA Family First MP Rob Brokenshire said it should be done locally. "Voters need confidence in the quality of important economic debates and better financial scrutiny in the Parliament," he said. Treasurer Jack Snelling yesterday said it would be an unnecessary extra level of bureaucracy.

Waging war on the child sex trade

Kate O'Toole and Miranda Tetlow - ABC

If you've been to South East Asia, you will have had some exposure to the thriving sex industry in the region. The brothels, the bars, the bright lights. Sex is definitely for sale, and the going price is pretty cheap. For some sex workers, it's a lifestyle choice but for thousands of trafficked children, it's anything but. It's horrible to think about, but what can you do about it? You certainly wouldn't consider going in and rescuing kids from locked brothel rooms....or would you?

Religious Persecution
Iran pastor refuses to 'abandon' Christ; execution perhaps "Thursday"

Stefan J. Bos - Worthy News

A young pastor of Iran's largest house church movement has told an Iranian court he will not "recant" his faith in Christ despite facing execution as early as Thursday, September 29, for abandoning Islam, church sources said. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of the Church of Iran was asked by the Gilan provincial court in the city of Rasht to "repent" ahead of his next hearing Tuesday, September 27. However Nadarkhani declined, according to comments obtained by BosNewsLife.

Stop demonising refugees, says UN

Kirsty Needham – The Age

Australia's treatment of asylum seekers has attracted fresh international criticism, with the regional office of the United Nation's human rights body calling for Australian politicians to stop demonising refugees and instead show courage.

Google brings Dead Sea scrolls online

William E - International Business Times

The Dead Sea Scrolls were written in between the first and third century and stored in the Judean caves. They include the oldest biblical manuscript ever discovered. Now five books out of eight can be seen by everyone over the internet thanks to Google and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Found in 1947 by a Bedouin Shepherd hidden in the 11 Judean caves in the shores of the Dead Sea, these documents have the oldest version of 7 biblical books including the book of Isaiah and some extra-biblical documents written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. These books offer insights on daily life of ancient Jews and the start of the Christian religion.