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31 October 2013

In this issue:

NSW Parliament debates same-sex marriage bill

Defeat of same-sex marriage motion in Tasmania signals time to move on

Please thank Tasmanian parliamentarians for protecting marriage

High Court challenge into same-sex marriage bill could happen in December

Victorian Supporters Call to Action: Sign petition for doctor conscientious objection

Dan Flynn talks about calls for amendment to abortion law reform act on Political Spot

Nick Jensen talks about ACL Gap Week on the Political Spot

David Hutt talks about NSW same-sex marriage bill on the Political Spot

NSW MLC calls for action to uphold the meaning of marriage

Book now! Only 8 days left until “Know the Times” Breakfast with Mark McCrindle, Brisbane

ACL Gap Week

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

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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It’s not over but there are some encouraging signs that we might be in for some respite.

This week’s enews reports on the victory in Tasmania where the upper house rejected the second attempt in less than 12 months to redefine marriage.

The High Court will hold a second directions hearing on Monday into the ACT’s attempt to subvert the constitution by legislating same-sex marriage. There was some excellent commentary yesterday from Paul Kelly and Janet Albrechtsen in The Australian about why the High Court will most likely quash the ACT law.

A bill for same-sex marriage was introduced into the NSW Parliament today but is expected to fail.

Thanks to our NSW supporters who have responded magnificently.

Emails have been flooding into MPs’ offices. I can’t stress how important this sort of grass roots campaigning is. It makes a difference.

There have been nine attempts to legislate same-sex marriage in federal, state and territory parliaments in the past few years. The High Court may bring at least a temporary halt to this attempt at legislation by fatigue.

This issue has had a fair go. There is no political appetite for changing the Marriage Act.

The challenge for the future is to rebuild a positive culture of marriage to help address Australia’s current crisis in child well-being (more on this in future editions of enews).

The well-being of future generations depends on us getting this right.

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

 

NSW Parliament debates same-sex marriage bill

New South Wales lawmakers today began debate on a law to create a new institution called ‘same-sex marriage’ in the state.

Fifteen members of the Legislative Council spoke on the bill. Eight MLCs spoke in support of the bill while seven declared their intention to vote against the legislation. Three MLCs who had previously spoken in parliament in support of redefining marriage said they would vote against the NSW bill.

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Defeat of same-sex marriage motion in Tasmania signals time to move on

The Australian Christian Lobby welcomed the defeat of a same-sex marriage motion in the Tasmanian Upper House this week. ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Tuesday’s decision by Legislative Council Members (MLCs) not to reconsider proposed same-sex marriage laws should send a clear message that it’s time to move on from this tiresome debate.

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Please thank Tasmanian parliamentarians for protecting marriage

By Mark Brown, ACL Tasmanian Director

A motion to reintroduce last year’s same-sex marriage bill in Tasmania’s upper house was this week defeated eight votes to six. During a long day of speeches, those supporting the motion tried in vain to convince those who had opposed the bill last year that new information presented was reason enough to bring back the bill for debate.

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High Court challenge into same-sex marriage bill could happen in December

The High Court hearing into the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same-Sex) Bill could begin as early as December according to Chief Justice Robert French. At last Friday’s direction hearing into the challenge, which was attended by ACL staff, Chief Justice French adjourned the directions hearing until the 4th of November but signalled he was working towards having the case heard when the full court sits from the 3rd to 6th of December.

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Victorian Supporters Call to Action: Sign petition for doctor conscientious objection

Please circulate and sign this petition in support of an amendment to Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act – to be received by 10am Wednesday 6th November 2013.

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Dan Flynn talks about calls for amendment to abortion law reform act on Political Spot

Dan Flynn is the Victorian director of the ACL. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the case of Dr Mark Hobart who is currently being investigated by the Medical Board of Victoria for not being able to refer a patient who wanted to abort her baby because it was a girl.

Read more plus audio interview

Nick Jensen talks about ACL Gap Week on the Political Spot

Nick Jensen is the ACL’s Director of Leadership Development. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the ACL Gap week initiative which is on the 19th – 24th of January.

Read more plus audio interview

David Hutt talks about NSW same-sex marriage bill on the Political Spot

David Hutt is the NSW Director of the ACL. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the same-sex marriage bill. ACL is encouraging supporters to email their MP about the bill via makeastand.org.au campaign “Man+wife4life”.

Read more plus audio interview

NSW MLC calls for action to uphold the meaning of marriage

By Greg Donnelly MLC

The battle over the meaning of marriage has clearly moved from the Commonwealth Parliament to state and territory legislatures. Having failed to get their way federally, advocates of same-sex marriage are now deliberately opening up new fronts, hoping to make a breakthrough somewhere. 

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Book now! Only 8 days left until “Know the Times” Breakfast with Mark McCrindle, Brisbane

One of Australia’s foremost social researchers, demographers and media go-to person is Mark McCrindle. Please join us at an upcoming breakfast – “Know the Times” – where Mark will be sharing the very latest Australian trends, vitally important for business, education, government and ministry to be able to seize the opportunities coming in 2014.

The breakfast will be held on Friday 8th November at Parliamentary Annex, Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane. Registrations essential.

Follow this link for more information and to register

ACL Gap Week

The Australian Christian Lobby, in conjunction with the Lachlan Macquarie Internship, is pleased to announce the first ever ACL Gap Week.

University-aged Christians seeking to understand and engage in public leadership from a biblical perspective are invited to apply to attend the six-day, live-in course.

Held on the outskirts of Canberra from the 19th-24th January 2014, ACL Gap Week will involve instruction from top thinkers and leaders and community with like-minded believers.

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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 same-sex marriage bills in NSW and Tasmania.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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

2 November – Cosek Conference, Melbourne

8 November – Breakfast, “Know the Times” with Mark McCrindle, Brisbane

13 November – Breakfast: Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hobart