Thank you to those who’ve passed on your regards concerning Lyle’s recovery from emergency surgery last week. He’s now out of hospital and at home. We expect him to be back at the office early July.
After today there is just one week left of federal parliament before the election and there’s plenty of activity in the chambers. Last night news broke about Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan’s plan to introduce a bill to have a referendum on marriage as being between a man and a woman. The ACL welcomes this move.
Also, we’re pleased to report that in parliament today the Greens’ bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriage was defeated 44 to 28 in the Senate. Proponents of redefining marriage continue to pursue a legislation by fatigue approach on the issue.
For our Queensland supporters, we encourage you to make a submission to the inquiry into outdoor advertising which is due next Monday the 24th of June. You can read more about this issue in enews today.
Politics is an endless process and as Christians we need encouragement as we engage. You’ll see a Centre for Public Christianity interview with Dr Vishal Mangalwadi (he was an 2011 ACL conference speaker) below that should encourage you as you continue to engage in the political process.
Nick Overton Acting Managing Director
ACL welcomes calls for marriage referendum
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed news for a referendum on marriage being defined as between a man and a woman in the constitution. Acting Managing Director Nick Overton said a circuit breaker was needed to deal with the issue and believed Senator John Madigan’s decision to introduce the bill would help resolve the issue.
Reappearance of strip club billboard shows regulation not working
The Australian Christian Lobby said the reappearance of a billboard in Brisbane promoting a strip club just eight kilometres away from where it was originally found and pulled down because of public outcry, is further proof that self-regulation of outdoor advertising isn’t working.
All Queenslanders are encouraged to write a submission to the inquiry on ‘Sexually explicit outdoor advertising‘ to show disapproval at sexually explicit material being displayed in public spaces. Submissions close 24th June.
Neil James on the Political Spot about UN Refugee Convention
Neil James is the Executive Director of the Australia Defence Association which is intimately involved in the development of National Security Policy in Australia. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he says Australia may have to consider suspending its operational membership of the UN Refugee Convention until the rest of the region signs up.
Mark Brown on the Political Spot about Tas abortion bill
Mark Brown is the Tasmanian Director for the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman, Mr Brown talks about the Tasmanian upper house’s decision last week to send the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill to committee for inquiry.
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