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Steve Thomas discusses liberalism on the Political Spot
· April 09, 2013 10:00 AM
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 liberalism.
US Supreme Court to hear cases on gay marriage
· December 13, 2012 11:00 AM
Last week the US Supreme Court announced it would hear two cases next year relating to same-sex marriage.
The main case concerns the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a voter initiative in California that banned gay marriage. In June 2008, same-sex couples were granted a license to marry after a Californian Supreme Court ruled that they have a constitutional right to marry. This decision was overturned after more than one million signatures were received in a petition to see the fulfilment of Proposition 8.
The second case relates to entitlements - whether a couple is recognised when it comes to tax laws, health insurance and other federal benefits for spouses. The situation is different to here in Australia where laws were changed in 2008 to remove discrimination from same-sex couples when it came to tax, health, superannuation and other benefits.
The New York Times has advocated for same-sex marriage but a recent
published by the newspaper raises doubts about whether the time is right for such a case. The cases will be argued in March with a decision expected in June.
ACL's Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton was recently interviewed on the ACL's Political Spot radio program on the Supreme Court's decision to hear the cases on gay marriage. Listen to his thoughts
The Political Spot – October 12, 2010
· October 12, 2010 11:00 AM
On this week’s Political Spot, ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton chats with ACL’s Victorian Director about two recent events in the southern state. Saturday’s March for the Babies was a hugely successful event, with approximately 5,000 supporters of life marching in Melbourne to mark the passing of Victoria’s tragic abortion laws two years ago; laws which allow abortion for any reason until 24 weeks, and with the consent of two doctors after that. But bizarrely there was barely a mention of this significant rally in the mainstream press.
Rob Ward also discusses how the recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to fine a Christian camp for refusing to accommodate the request of an organisation supporting same-sex attracted youth will impact on the expression of religious liberties in the state.
Lyle Shelton then interviews David Yates, who is editor of ACL’s peer-reviewed magazine
. The fourth edition of Viewpoint, available for sale shortly, contains articles debating the merits of an R18+ rating for computer games, poker machine reform, the fair trade movement, stem cell research and more.
The ‘Political Spot’ is presented by the ACL, and broadcast on Canberra’s 1Way FM and some other Christian stations.
to download the October 12 edition of the ‘Political Spot’.
The Political Spot - August 31, 2010
· August 31, 2010 10:00 AM
This week’s ‘Political Spot’ presented by the ACL - and broadcast on Canberra’s 1Way FM and some other Christian stations - looks at the latest on the Federal election, concerns over the NSW same-sex adoption bill and the upcoming Victorian election.
There’s also an interview with Parramatta Councillor Michael McDermott about a ‘good news’ story whereby political correctness is being shown the door and the real Christmas message is returning to this year’s festivities.
to download the August 31 edition of the ‘Political Spot’.
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