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MR: ACL concurs with discrimination concerns raised by media submission
· January 10, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today concurred with concerns raised by the media companies over the draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill put forward by Attorney General Nicola Roxon, concerns also reflected in its submission.
Managing Director of the ACL, Mr Jim Wallace, said that “while the move to consolidate, clarify, and simplify five different commonwealth laws is welcome, the draft Bill goes well beyond consolidation and would increase the reach of current laws, further impinging on freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”
“The joint submission by the media companies has rightly pointed out the increasing reach of this Bill to include conduct that offends or insults,” said Mr Wallace. “In addition to this, unlawful discrimination is defined subjectively as ‘unfavourable treatment’, with the onus of proof on the one who has supposedly offended or insulted while there is no definition of what constitutes “ harassment”, something the draft looks to target.”
“The exposure draft creates too many vulnerabilities for people of faith and faith-based institutions and will need radical redrafting,” said Mr Wallace.
Prof Greg Craven: 'Remember, politicians are people too'
· December 16, 2012 11:00 AM
As we wrap up this political year we are probably at best deflated by the manner in which politics has been conducted in 2012 and at worst, and perhaps more likely, infuriated and disappointed. The savage attacks on individuals on both sides of the parliament and issues in the public domain seems to have reached a new level inflamed by the anonymity of social media.
Keynote speaker at this year’s ACL National Conference Professor Greg Craven gave words to this widely held frustration as few could in his recent
article in The Australian,
and I think we would all agree with his concluding remark “I just want this to stop.”
ABC interviews Women's Forum Australia on new Lottie doll
· December 04, 2012 11:00 AM
Managing Director of Women's Forum Australia Kristan Dooley spoke to ABC Breakfast show today together with psychologist Louise Adams about the harm that can come from a sexualised media environment for girls.
Women's Forum Australia has begun importing a Lottie doll, as a positive alternative to dolls that have unrealistic body shapes, wear highly sexualised clothing or come with tattoos, fangs and other such things that promote unhealthy and unrealistic lifestyle.
She told ABC that WFA have been inundated with requests for the doll since news spread that it was being imported to Australia.
A 7 minute video interview can be watched
or by clicking on the picture on the left.
The ACL's Katherine Spackman recently
interviewed Collective Shout's Melinda Liszewski
about a list of businesses the organisation is encouraging people not to buy from because the brands have excelled in sexploitation. The organisation has recommended Towards the Stars as a positive alternative and safe haven from the commercialisation and sexualisation of girlhood.
Fascinating Times: A Social Commentary' by Mal Fletcher
· November 26, 2012 11:00 AM
Social commentator Mal Fletcher - keynote speaker at this year's Tasmanian ACL conference - has published a new book entitled Fascinating Times: A Social Commentary.
Some of the major issues addressed in this book include:
- The future shape of marriage and the family
- The human impact of new technologies and shifting medical ethics
- The long-term effects of recession
- The future of media and the press, and
- The changing face of consumerism
Widely broadcast and published, Mal Fletcher has researched social trends for two decades and leads the London-based international Think Tank,
to find out how you can grab a copy.
Dennis Shanahan on The Political Spot
· October 23, 2012 11:00 AM
Dennis Shanahan is a journalist and the political editor of The Australian. He was one of the speakers at ACL's National Conference, addressing the topic of religious freedom in a secular democracy from a media perspective. Here are some of the highlights from his speech. Click
to listen to his whole speech.
Dennis Shanahan's speech at the ACL National Conference 2012
· October 23, 2012 11:00 AM
Dennis Shanahan is a journalist and the political editor at The Australian. He spoke at the ACL National Conference 2012 about religious freedom in a secular democracy from a media perspective. Click
ACL National Conference a huge success
· October 10, 2012 11:00 AM
ACL's National Conference - which took place last weekend in Canberra - was the best one yet. Delegates were privileged to have such a high calibre of speakers from which to draw and learn from; Shadow Families Minister Kevin Andrews, former attorney-general Robert McClelland and Professor Greg Craven were amongst other professionals who spoke on the issue of
Religious Freedom in a Secular Democracy.
Mr Andrews spoke of the importance of preserving the traditional construct of marriage, in light of his new book entitled 'Maybe, I Do.' He highlighted the successful conclusion of the marriage debate in Parliament and said that most MPs would now take the view that this issue has been settled for some period of time.
Mr McClelland addressed delegates on the deterioration in the quality of political debate, declaring it as "un-Australian". He spoke of the importance of renewing a sense of decency and respect in political circles, and that this is truly what the Australian people want to see from their politicians.
Political editor of
newspaper Dennis Shanahan spoke also on the nature of political journalism and what this means for religious freedom.
Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, gave a memorable address in which he explored the historical and cultural challenges that now face freedom of religion in a secular democracy.
For all those who attended, we hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable and engaged time. It was a privilege having you share in this wonderful occasion.
Podcasts of the speakers' addresses will be available on our website shortly for those who were unable to attend.
ACL in the media – a wrap-up of the last week’s commentary
· September 23, 2010 10:00 AM
ACL has received a large amount of media coverage this week as we have responded to a concerted push to legalise euthanasia on a number of fronts.
Please see below for a wrap up of ACL’s coverage in the media since last Thursday.
On Monday morning at 11 am, ACL Chief of Staff debated euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke on ABC News 24 TV about the Greens’ latest push to legalise euthanasia. Lyle was also interviewed on this topic on Monday night on
SBS TV News
newspaper website also posted an article quoting Lyle on euthanasia.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace was quoted in Monday’s
Sydney Morning Herald
regarding concerns over the Greens’ euthanasia push. He is also quoted in the
today on this topic, as well as by
Christian Today Australia
Rogers Media Group
On Tuesday morning ACL WA Director Michelle Pearse was interviewed by Perth Radio 6PR’s morning/news program about the WA euthanasia bill. Michelle was also quoted on this issue in an
Australian Associated Press
article on Monday and was interviewed by Sonshine FM Christian News.
An opinion piece by Michelle Pearse entitled ‘The Good Samaritan assisted the suffering to live, not die’ was posted on the ‘wangle’ opinion website today. Please click
to read it.
The latest ‘Politics in Focus’ television segment on the Adventist Media Network and other outlets sees Lyle Shelton interviewed by David Gibbons about Opposition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull’s ISP filtering claims and the latest euthanasia push on a number of different fronts. You can view ‘Politics in Focus’ on the front page of this website.
The topic of euthanasia is under the spotlight in this week’s political spot, following Greens’ Leader Bob Brown’s latest efforts to push for legalised euthanasia. The program (broadcast on Canberra’s 1Way FM and some other Christian stations) features an interview with ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton on this topic and ISP filtering, before crossing to Victoria for an interview with ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward about an upcoming ‘Make it Count Victoria’ event with the Premier and Opposition Leader. Please click
On Monday morning ACL Public Relations Manager Glynis Quinlan was interviewed by Tracy Weare about euthanasia and ISP filtering for
Vision Radio Network’s
ACL in the media – a wrap up of the last week’s commentary
· July 15, 2010 10:00 AM
It’s been another busy week in terms of media commentary for ACL, particularly on the topic of ISP filtering and also the ongoing media interest in the interaction between faith and politics.
Below is a summary of where ACL has received coverage in the media since last Thursday.
Last Friday night ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton appeared on the ABC’s Lateline program in support of protecting children on line through ISP-level filtering. Please click
to watch or to read the transcript. Lyle was also interviewed on this topic on ABC radio’s
last Friday. ACL has received further coverage on the issue of ISP filtering in the
, industry website
Australia. To News
and in an opinion piece in
The Drum Unleashed
ACL’s Victorian Director Rob Ward appeared on ABC television’s Stateline Victoria program last Friday night. He was defending religious freedom in the case of a homosexual youth group seeking damages from a Christian campsite which did not wish to rent its facilities to a group that promoted homosexuality to young people. Please click
ACL is referred to in an opinion piece in today’s
about faith and politics.
ACL’s previous comments about Prime Minister Julia Gillard saying she doesn’t believe in God were referred to in an article in Tuesday’s
. Lyle Shelton was also quoted on this issue in the most recent edition of the
ACL’s comments about community attitudes being likely to turn against abortion if people were better informed about the horrific nature of the practice were reported in last Sunday’s
ACL’s Make it Count event is covered in a front-page article in the July edition of
newspaper in WA. Click
to go to the paper.
A picture from ACL’s 2007 Make it Count event was used alongside an article on religion and politics in last Saturday’s
Yesterday ACL WA Director Michelle Pearse was interviewed by Sonshine FM Christian News regarding a court case involving a woman who lost her unborn child after being hit by a car and her desire to see the baby recognised as a life.
Save Our Scripture
campaign is referred to in an opinion piece from the
which was posted on Tuesday.
The latest ‘Politics in Focus’ television segment on the Adventist Media Network and other outlets sees Lyle Shelton interviewed about a Senate inquiry looking at tax exemptions and the religious charitable sector, as well as Julia Gillard’s lack of religious belief and her stance on gay marriage. Please go to the front page of the ACL website to view ‘Politics in Focus’.
This week’s political spot (broadcast on Canberra’s 1Way FM and some other Christian stations) features interviews with anti-euthanasia campaigner Wesley Smith, Alan Baker of Cherish Life Qld on the push for abortion law changes in his state, and ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward on religious freedom.
On Monday morning Lyle Shelton was interviewed by Tracy Weare for her
Vision Radio Network
ACL submission to Senate inquiry into the broadcasting codes of practice
· May 02, 2008 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts Inquiry into the effectiveness of the broadcasting codes of practice.
to read a supplementary submission to the inquiry.
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