Australian Christian Lobby
 
 
 

4 April 2013

In this issue:

Please thank Tony Abbott for keeping his word on marriage

Sex servitude conviction evidence of growing human trafficking problem

The World Congress of Families Sydney 2013

ACL Tasmania Conference 2013

Interested in a career in public policy? Consider the Lachlan Macquarie Internship

Michael Knight on young people’s views of government on The Political Spot

Steve Thomas discusses libertarianism on The Political Spot

Nick Jensen on a new pastor’s course on The Political Spot

‘Trade of Innocents’ film on human trafficking coming to Australian cinemas this month

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

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We should not be surprised that there is a challenge to the definition of marriage.

The 1960s sexual revolution gave license to hedonism; disassociating sexuality and family formation. Our confused sexual culture celebrates license which of course undermines stability in relationships which in turn affects children. Sure there are other factors but it is naïve to ignore the impact of culture.

As ACL’s For Kids’ Sake report found, Australia’s crisis in child well-being is closely related to the break-down in relationships of children’s biological parents.

Tony Abbott’s daughters over the Easter weekend have urged their father to support same-sex marriage saying it is inevitable, echoing the thoughts of many speaking in our media.

No thought, however, is given to the cultural consequences of redefining marriage for children and for freedom to tell the truth about marriage in the future.

If we care about changing the sexualised nature of our society and the breakdown in relationships; then defending marriage is a start to making a stand against the individualised culture of the past 50 years. Change will eventually come because no society can flourish on the idea that it is okay to deliberately deny some children a mother or a father.

We have just seen the pain of victims of forced adoption as they were offered apologies for being deprived of their biological parents.

The apology was the culmination of a past policy wrong being put right. In today’s E-news we are encouraging you to e-mail Mr Abbott and thank him for the integrity he has shown on the issue of marriage.

While he and the party are holding the line, he has signalled that the Liberal Party Room might water down its position by allowing a conscience vote.

At a time of great confusion, it is important that political parties have a clear policy view because of the obvious public good that flows from marriage.

Media and activist pressure on the Coalition to change its position continues. It is important we don’t leave a vacuum where the only voices heard are from those who want to redefine marriage.

Thanks for again taking action.

 

Lyle Shelton
Chief of Staff

 

Please thank Tony Abbott for keeping his word on marriage

Over the Easter weekend, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott reaffirmed he will stick by the Liberal Party’s policy that marriage is between a man and a woman. He said he would not allow this to be watered down by a conscience vote. Please thank him for keeping his word.

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Sex servitude conviction evidence of growing human trafficking problem

The conviction of a Sydney brothel owner for holding young Malaysian students in sex servitude demonstrates the need for tougher measures to combat human trafficking.

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The World Congress of Families Sydney 2013

The World Congress of Families (WCF) invites you to join them from 15 – 18 May in Sydney to explore how business, government, education, law, healthcare and the media can strengthen families for the benefit of society. The WCF seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society. Note the discount offered for ACL supporters.

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ACL Tasmania Conference 2013

The theme of the ACL Tasmania Conference 2013 is ‘What should we expect from our leaders?‘. There is a gaping hole in confidence and trust in leadership integrity today. Whether it be in politics, sport, business or media we appear to have an epidemic of poor leadership and role modelling. Conference date Friday evening 17 May 2013.

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Interested in a career in public policy? Consider the Lachlan Macquarie Internship

The Lachlan Macquarie Internship is a 3 month public policy internship on the outskirts of Canberra. Applications for the August 2013 intake are now open. Click here to watch a short video about the internship.
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Michael Knight on young people’s views of government on The Political Spot

Michael Knight is a director at Peer Power, an organisation which delivers seminars in schools. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the results of a survey of 5,000 young people.

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Steve Thomas discusses libertarianism on The Political Spot

Steve Thomas is a political scientist. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman, as part of a series looking at political ideologies, he discusses libertarianism.

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Nick Jensen on a new pastor’s course on The Political Spot

Nick Jensen is the director of leadership development at the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to the ACL’s Katherine Spackman about an upcoming pastor’s course in Canberra.

Read more plus audio interview

‘Trade of Innocents’ film on human trafficking coming to Australian cinemas this month

On 7th April 2013, Australian cinemas will be releasing a new film, Trade of Innocents starring Dermot Mulroney and Mira Sorvino, which focuses on the worldwide problem of human trafficking. Trade of Innocents tells the compelling story of a couple who set out to rescue young girls sold into South East Asia’s sex slave trade, where women and children are purchased for exploitation.

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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 outdoor advertising and same-sex marriage.

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