­­MEDIA RELEASE



 



4 December 2015



The Australian Christian Lobby welcomes the government and opposition-backed Senate inquiry into the harm on Australian children from online pornography leading to increases in teen domestic violence.



A motion to set up an inquiry was presented in the Senate yesterday by Labor Senator Joe Bullock, independent Senator John Madigan, Liberal-National Senator Joanna Lindgren and Liberal Senator Chris Back.



It was passed without dissent and the inquiry will be undertaken by the Environment and Communications References Committee.



ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said pornography was having a significant impact on children and their ability to develop wholesome relationships leading in many cases to teen domestic violence.



“There is mounting evidence that pornography is having a profound impact on the lives of our children. It is imperative that we act to stop the intergenerational damage this is causing, particularly through domestic violence,” Mr Shelton said.



“Police are also recognising the link between pornography and domestic violence. For example, NSW police assistant commissioner Mark Murdoch has warned that the fastest growing part of the problem of domestic violence was young people.



“It is pleasing to see that the inquiry will specifically be investigating the role of the internet in placing pornography into the hands of our children.



The Committee will report into its findings in December 2016.



ENDS