The head of the Australian Christian Lobby has accused ACT police of “prejudicing” the investigation into a van explosion outside the group’s headquarters just prior to Christmas. ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said he still had unanswered questions following phone calls with the police and was unconvinced by their “quick” conclusions. ACT Police have determined after a “very short” conversation with the 35-year-old driver of the van that the incident was not motivated by political, religious or ideological reasons. Inquiries continue “to fully understand the circumstances” surrounding the explosion, which occurred at around 9.35pmat night. Police have spoken with the man’s family and had a “very short” conversation with the driver as he received medical treatment.


The man was transported to Sydney in a critical but stable condition for further treatment. While obviously I have deep respect for the police and the job they do, I’m not convinced you can come to that conclusion so quickly. There are just too many coincidences,” Mr Shelton said. “When I questioned the police on the phone they said ‘of course you can’t unequivocally rule out that this was a targeted attack’ but they have come to this conclusion nonetheless. “We don’t even know this guy’s name. Apparently he gave some statement when he was grievously injured and now he’s in a coma. I can’t see how you can say ‘case closed’ after a guy who is obviously suffering terribly has made certain statements where there hasn’t been an opportunity for a full interrogation of him. “To me it just doesn’t add up.”


ACT Policing said the man, a local resident and Australian national who was not previously known to them, “appears to have ignited gas cylinders within the vehicle, causing an explosion which damaged the vehicle and building”. He then walked himself about 4km to Canberra hospital where he presented with serious burn injuries. Mr Shelton said the police told him in the hours after the attack that the explosion was “not what you think it was” and claimed they were “trying to play it down”. “It seems to me like they prejudiced the situation last night,” Mr Shelton said. “If this guy’s sole aim was just to blow himself up, why did he do it parked adjacent underneath my office in the ACL carpark?  Why at the ACL office with multiple gas cylinders loaded up in your van? It just doesn’t make sense to me.


“It’s a coincidence of gigantic proportions for this to be plausible and concluded so unequivocally, to me just seems strange.” Shelton said. Justice Minister Michael Keenan extended the government’s “thoughts and condolences” to the ACL following the “very traumatic experience”. But he acknowledged ACT Policing had appeared to rule out any ideological motivation. “We will continue to work with the ACL to make sure that they and all other Australians are kept safe,” Mr Keenan said. The Police also reassured the community that there is no concern for public safety and said they would be conducting a thorough investigation including previous threats to the Australian Christian Lobby. When they have a motivation, when they have something to update the Australian people about, they will do so.”


Mr Shelton said he did not know the motivation behind the blast but feared the group had been targeted. The incident would not deter the ACL from speaking out, as he slammed rhetoric from those on the “extreme left” as unhelpful and provocative. “I never thought in coming to work for an organisation like ACL that we would be subject to this sort of thing. This is not the Australia that I grew up in,” Mr Shelton said. “I don’t know the motivation of the attack but the context is one of multiple death threats and threats of violence that my staff have endured all year. “This building has had to be locked for most of this year, we’ve never done that in the eight or nine years that I’ve worked here. Mr Shelton said he felt no malice towards the van driver and prayed for the person’s “swift recovery”.


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The Victorian Government’s pre-Christmas announcement that it was severing ties with “Safe Schools” founder, Roz Ward, does nothing to allay parents’ concern with the controversial program, warns the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).  ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the program continued to be dangerously flawed and the Government’s decision to take over the delivery of the program from La Trobe University meant children would continue to be taught that their gender is a social construct with nothing to do with their chromosomes. “If the Victorian Government was serious about protecting children from gender theory it would not stop at removing Roz Ward, but stop encouraging children down a pathway that could lead to irreversible surgery of their genitals and breasts,” Mr Shelton said.


“Safe Schools in Victoria continues to provide students with information about penis tucking and chest binding, as well as information encouraging access to genital and chest surgery with or without parental consent. Parents have also never been asked if they want boys identifying as girls to be allowed to use the same toilet and shower facilities as their daughters at school or on school camps.” Roz Ward’s removal changes none of this. Mr Shelton expressed concern that Ms Ward’s removal may have more to do with protecting the same-sex marriage campaign which aims to remove gender from the Marriage Act. “We know that Ms Ward and other LGBTIQ activists see same-sex marriage and Safe Schools as a package deal.” Mr Shelton said.


“Australian’s are just beginning to see the consequences for their families of removing gender from the Marriage Act. “In the United States the LGBTIQ political movement immediately pivoted to ‘safe schools’ type programs targeting toilet and shower use in schools once same-sex marriage was dictated by the Supreme Court. “In Australia the LGBTIQ political movement, thinking they had already won the same-sex marriage debate, overreached and began rolling out ‘Safe Schools’. The removal of Roz Ward signals a temporary walking back so she is no longer a distraction to their campaign to remove gender from marriage.” Mr Shelton said the Victorian Government still appeared determined to make the program compulsory in state schools by 2018, without consulting parents.


“While the ACL supports anti-bullying programs and is opposed to bullying for any reason whatsoever, it is clear that Safe Schools is more than just about bullying but includes contested gender theories which put some students on a dangerous pathway to changing their sex, action that leads to joining a cohort of people with a much higher suicide morbidity than the non-transgendered population,” Mr Shelton said. “Roz Ward should not be made the scapegoat so that her extreme views about children’s gender fluidity can continue to be taught to children,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.


Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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A newly formed hard-left faction within the Greens has publicly stated it does not believe in the rule of law or the legitimacy of the Australian state and says it will work to “bring about the end of capitalism”. Formed around federal NSW senator Lee Rhiannon and NSW upper house MP David Shoebridge, the “Left Renewal” faction has published a statement of principles that is at odds with its own party and contradicts the Greens’ national policies in several key areas. In forming the faction, Left Renewal said the Greens were failing those with liberal ­beliefs. “Positions of power and influence within the party are falling to those with liberal politics, who manipulate party processes and abuse their resources to take and solidify their control,” the new faction’s Facebook page says.


The group opposes market-based mechanisms, such as a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme, to address climate change, and will have a binding caucus in which members will be forced to follow the ­majority view expressed within the faction. Candidates supported by the hard Left have lost in recent pre-selections in NSW, prompting the group to look to wrest power from what it sees as a right-wing body. In a statement of principles, the group describes itself as ­”advocates for peace” and rejects the authority of the police. “A rejection of class antagonism, and capitalism, also depends on a rejection of the state’s legitimacy and the right of it, and its apparatuses, to impose oppression upon the working class. Violent apparatuses like the police do not share an interest with the working class.” it says.


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