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14 November 2013

In this issue:

ACL welcomes defeat of NSW same-sex marriage bill

Abortion report ignores the rights of babies

Sign petition to protect doctors conscientious objection to abortion in Victoria

Qld government considers funding boost for chaplaincy

Vic child abuse report calls for tougher laws

CEO of Barnardos Louise Voigt on the Political Spot about proposed changes to boost NSW adoptions

Garrick Professor of Law James Allan on the Political Spot about proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act

Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot about church service opening the 44th Parliament

Darwin screening: Nefarious Merchant of Souls

Freedom of speech an important value, not an absolute right

Crossroads: Pro-life walk across Australia 2014

In the media – a wrap up of the last week’s commentary

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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Typhoon Haiyan wreaked a human catastrophe in the Philippines this week. The Australian Government responded with $10 million in aid.

While this is good, we think a rich nation like Australia could to better and we’ve suggested this in meetings in the parliament this week.

Last night’s resignation of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd from the parliament came as a surprise.

Throughout the 2000s he constructively engaged Christian voters for Labor, famously declaring that God was not a wholly owned subsidiary of the Liberal Party.

In 2007 he and John Howard participated in ACL’s Make it Count election webcast, a landmark event and the first use of webcasting technology in Australian politics on such a scale.

Mr Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations was perhaps the highlight of his Prime Ministership.

Until May this year, he was one of the greatest champions in the parliament for preserving the definition of marriage.

His backflip was a big disappointment and highlights how difficult it is for even sincere Christians to maintain their principles in the face of cultural and media pressure.

Mr Rudd rightly apologised for the removal of indigenous children from their biological parents but now supports public policy that would do the same to a new generation. A more mature discussion is needed.

Meanwhile, the 44th Parliament commenced on Tuesday with a 7:30am church service at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka.

It was great to see so many members and senators from both sides of politics in attendance, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

The theme of wisdom was apt and let’s pray it guides the 44th Parliament.

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

 

ACL welcomes defeat of NSW same-sex marriage bill

The Australian Christian Lobby welcomes the defeat of the NSW same-sex marriage bill 21 to 19 votes in the upper house today.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said it was time for state parliaments to stop using parliamentary time to debate a federal issue.

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Abortion report ignores the rights of babies

The Australian Christian Lobby said it’s disappointed a Tasmanian parliamentary report on abortion missed the key issue in the debate over decriminalising abortion – the baby. ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said the finding by the upper house standing committee report into the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013 failed to make an adequate case to remove abortion from the criminal code.

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Sign petition to protect doctors conscientious objection to abortion in Victoria

ACL is urging Victorian supporters to participate in the current push to protect doctors conscience in Victoria in light of recent events surrounding Dr Mark Hobart. Dr Hobart drew attention in the state earlier this year after refusing to provide a referral for a couple seeking a sex-selection abortion.

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Qld government considers funding boost for chaplaincy

A move to provide additional funding for chaplaincy in schools is being considered by the Queensland government. The Courier-Mail recently reported  that the move would give independent public school principals the ability to increase the hours of chaplains and other staff including guidance counsellors and psychologists.

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Vic child abuse report calls for tougher laws

By Dan Flynn, ACL Victorian Director

A Victorian government report into child sexual abuse has recommend sweeping changes to laws to protect children, including new offences of grooming a child or their family and failing to report abuse. Premier Denis Napthine (left) has said the government would act quickly to draft legislation in response to the Victorian Parliament’s Family and Community Development Committee Betrayal of Trust report.

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CEO of Barnardos Louise Voigt on the Political Spot about proposed changes to boost NSW adoptions

Louise Voigt is the CEO of Barnardos. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about proposed changes by NSW Families Minister Pru Goward to change the Care Act to boost the number of adoptions in Australia.

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Garrick Professor of Law James Allan on the Political Spot about proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act

Garrick Professor of Law James Allan is from the University of Queensland. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot about church service opening the 44th Parliament

Lyle Shelton is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the church service that opened the 44th Parliament.

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Darwin screening: Nefarious Merchant of Souls

ACL will host a screening of Nefarious, Merchant of Souls in Darwin on Friday 29th November. Nefarious is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery.

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Freedom of speech an important value, not an absolute right

By Wendy Francis, ACL QLD Director

In an opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph this week author Ross Fitzgerald said that “freedom of speech has never been more threatened in Australia”.

He drew attention to the current Queensland government inquiry into sexualised outdoor advertising: “If you’re trying to get a message out in Queensland via outdoor advertising, don’t say anything even vaguely sexual. As a result of pressure from the Australian Christian Lobby, the Queensland government has ordered an enquiry into whether there is too much sex on advertising billboards.”

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Crossroads: Pro-life walk across Australia 2014

Crossroads’ second annual pro-life walk in Australia will begin in Brisbane on 11th January 2014 and will finish in Melbourne on 9th February. Crossroads is an international pro-life organisation that sponsors pro-life walks every summer in several countries in order to help bring about a “culture of life” and a renewed respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life, from the very beginning in the womb until natural death.

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In the media – a wrap up of the last week’s commentary

In the last week, ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as outdoor advertising, classification and abortion in Tasmania.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

29 November – Film screening, Nefarious Merchant of Souls, Darwin

11 January – 9 February – Pro-life walk, Crossroads, various states

19 – 24 January – ACL Gap Week, ACT