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19 September 2013

In this issue:

Lack of consultation with churches means ACT same-sex marriage bill should be delayed

Lyle Shelton writes in The Australian

Poll shows no election mandate for same-sex marriage

Senator Hanson-Young right to sue over photo-shopped image in Zoo Magazine

Mark Fowler on the Political Spot about charity reform

John Ferguson on the Political Spot about social justice statement by Catholic Bishops

Elizabeth Handsley on the Political Spot about timezone restrictions on TV

Parents alarmed by push to end TV restrictions

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

Position vacant: Development Manager

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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Last Friday the ACL office in Canberra had a visit from 90-something-year-old Jock.

He was in town for his granddaughter’s wedding. Daughter Lynn asked him if there was anything else he would like to do.

The famous Spring flower festival Floriade had just opened, there was the War Memorial, Parliament House, the National Museum and numerous other attractions.

But apart from the wedding, there was only one other thing Jock wanted to do and that was to visit the ACL national office.

So at afternoon tea time he shuffled in leaning on his walker and we served him a cup of tea and had a chat about the current political battles.

Jock was full of energy and good cheer. He reads all our material and most importantly prays regularly for us. He wanted to visualise the people and the office to help him when he prayed.

Elderly people, especially those who have followed Christ, are full of wisdom. In a youth-obsessed culture, even we Christians sometimes make the mistake of marginalising them.

As his visit came to an end Jock asked if he could pray for us. It was a poignant moment as this old man of God bowed his head and lifted us and our work before the Lord he obviously knows so well.

ACL is blessed with a professional team. But we know any success we might achieve is because of the prayers of faithful people like Jock.

Lyle Shelton

ACL Managing Director

 

Lack of consultation with churches means ACT same-sex marriage bill should be delayed

The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the ACT Government to delay its same-sex marriage bill until consultation with churches occurs. ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said church leaders he had spoken to had not been consulted by the Government.

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Lyle Shelton writes in The Australian

The Australian Christian Lobby’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton has written an opinion piece, first published in The Australian, entitled No mandate for change about ACT’s plan to redefine marriage in the territory.

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Poll shows no election mandate for same-sex marriage

Changing the Marriage Act was a low order issue with voters at last Saturday’s election according to a poll conducted for the Australian Christian Lobby. Just 13 per cent of voters said it was in their top three issues when deciding who to vote for with the issue rating 9th overall out of 13 issues put to 927 respondents.

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Senator Hanson-Young right to sue over photo-shopped image in Zoo Magazine

The Australian Christian Lobby supports Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s legal action again Zoo Magazine for objectifying her.

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Mark Fowler on the Political Spot about charity reform

Mark Fowler is a director at Neumann & Turnour Lawyers. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he dicusses changes to the charity sector through the establishment of a charities commission and other reform.

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John Ferguson on the Political Spot about social justice statement by Catholic Bishops

John Ferguson is the Executive Officer of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the 2013-14 Social Justice Statement by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

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Elizabeth Handsley on the Political Spot about timezone restrictions on TV

Elizabeth Handsley is a Professor of Law at Flinders University and also the President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about Free TV Australia’s submission to ACMA to remove time-zone restrictions on channel nine, seven and ten.

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Parents alarmed by push to end TV restrictions

A media release by FamilyVoice Australia last week highlights parents’ concerns about a push to end TV restrictions.

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

In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as the introduction of same-sex marriage legislation in the ACT, and cyber-bullying.

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Position vacant: Development Manager

ACL is seeking a highly motivated person to fill the full-time role of Development Manager in its national office, Canberra.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

19 September – Lectures: The Work of Theology: Thinking, writing and acting politically, Sydney

26-29 September – Conference: Ignite, Brisbane

11 October – Abortion Symposium: Ideology and Informed Consent, Melbourne

12 October – March for the Babies, Melbourne

31 October – Public talk, Q & A: Would we be better off without Christianity?, Hobart

13 November – Breakfast: Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hobart