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16 May 2013

In this issue:

The World Congress of Families – now on in Sydney

Poor let down again by delay to reaching Millennium Development Goals promise

Aid budget increases but funding target delayed

Investigations needed into babies being left to die after surviving late-term abortions

Gosnell found guilty, but babies still being left to die in Australia

ACL urges SA lower house to reject bill allowing IVF for singles and same-sex couples

Worldview thinker to tour Australia

Monthly Newsletter – May 2013

Jim Wallace on the Political Spot about his trip to the Middle East to look at persecution of minorities

Professor Ian Harper on the Political Spot about healthy families and their impact on the economy

Steve Thomas on the Political Spot wrapping up political ideology series

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We are living in times where not only are our views about marriage and family sneered at and ridiculed in the public square, the force of law is being used to marginalise and suppress them.

A New Zealand family advocacy group is about to lose its charitable status, it would appear in part because of its views supporting marriage between a man and a woman.

Family First (not related to the political party of the same name here in Australia) took a lead role in the campaign against redefining marriage. Sadly, they lost.

But no sooner had the dust settled when they were advised by the NZ Charities Registration Board that their charitable status was to be revoked.

The board claimed Family First’s main purpose was political, not charitable although other charities in NZ participating in political debate retain their status.

“This is a highly politicised decision which is grim evidence that groups that think differently to the prevailing politically correct view will be targeted in an attempt to shut them up,” said Family First’s leader Bob McCoskrie.

ACL’s Katherine Spackman recently spoke to Bob for the Political Spot

ACL is carefully monitoring charities reform here in Australia to ensure that policy makers understand the public benefit that flows from religion, something that has never been questioned until now.

Bob is in Australia for this week’s World Congress of Families in Sydney, an event which has also come under pressure from activists who have written to the NSW Government in a bid to ensure speakers are reminded of anti-discrimination laws.

This move is clearly designed to intimidate speakers and delegates, and suppress the debate and discussion the Congress seeks to foster about the importance to society of the natural family. In a free society, all views should be allowed to be discussed and contested in the public square without let or hindrance.

That coercive legal pressure is creeping in to limit this is something we all need to be vigilant about.

God bless,

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

 

The World Congress of Families – now on in Sydney

The World Congress of Families is being held in Sydney 15-18 May.

The Congress is exploring how business, government, education, law, healthcare and the media can strengthen families for the benefit of society.

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Registration form to bring to the registration desk at the Congress

Bishop Peter Elliott’s keynote address to the WCF

Listen to the interview with Mary-Louise Fowler

Poor let down again by delay to reaching Millennium Development Goals promise

The Australian Christian Lobby has said the government’s decision to delay promised election funding to the world’s poor in tomorrow’s budget will disappoint the Christian constituency. ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said comments by Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr that lifting aid to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) would again be pushed back to 2016-2017 is a breach of an election promise.

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Aid budget increases but funding target delayed

This year’s federal budget is a ‘mixed bag’ according to the analysis of Micah Challenge:

The aid budget will grow by $518 million from last year, reaching almost $5.7 billion dollars, or 0.37% of Gross National Income (GNI). And while this is very welcome news, lifting aid to its highest level as a proportion of our national income since 1985, it’s also not the only side to the story.

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Investigations needed into babies being left to die after surviving late-term abortions

The Australian Christian Lobby is calling for investigations into babies being left to die after being born alive following failed late term abortions. The call comes as US abortionist Kermit Gosnell was given life in prison after being found guilty of murdering three babies who survived abortion attempts.

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Gosnell found guilty, but babies still being left to die in Australia

US abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been given life in prison after being found guilty of murdering three babies who survived abortion attempts. In addition to three counts of first-degree murder, the doctor was convicted of over 200 violations of Pennsylvania’s abortion laws, including the performance of late-term abortions.

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ACL urges SA lower house to reject bill allowing IVF for singles and same-sex couples

The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the South Australian Parliament to reject the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Equality of Access) Bill 2012 when it’s expected it will vote on the bill this week. “This bill is a violation of the rights of children, because if passed it would allow alternative reproductive treatment for single women and lesbians,” said ACL spokesman Dan Flynn.

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Worldview thinker to tour Australia

Prominent Christian worldview thinking and author Vishal Mangalwadi is touring Australia in August. Vishal previously spoke at ACL’s 2011 National Conference, where his message was well received. We strongly encourage you to attend an event in your region as he explores ‘Has Christianity done any good in our culture?’

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Monthly Newsletter – May 2013

ACL’s latest monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL’s Deputy Chairman Jim Wallace, is out now. This month’s newsletter includes stories on leadership changes at ACL, Tasmanian abortion legislation, same-sex marriage, and human trafficking.

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Jim Wallace on the Political Spot about his trip to the Middle East to look at persecution of minorities

Jim Wallace is the deputy chairman of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with ACL’s Katherine Spackman, Mr Wallace talks about his recent trip to the Middle East where he assessed the situation of minorities in the Syrian conflict.

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Professor Ian Harper on the Political Spot about healthy families and their impact on the economy

Professor Ian Harper is an economist who’ll be speaking at the World Congress of Families in Sydney this week on “The Healthy Economy – Growth with a Purpose”. Professor Harper spoke to ACL’s Katherine Spackman about how healthy families serve the economy and how the economy serves healthy families.

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Steve Thomas on the Political Spot wrapping up political ideology series

Steve Thomas is a political scientist who’s been a guest on the Political Spot as part of a series looking at different political ideologies over the last nine weeks.

Read more plus audio interview