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News from state to state…

  • Is Having Self-esteem Important for a Christian?  

    In a day and age when self-esteem is seen as a necessary aid to mental health, it’s good to consider the question as to whether having a good self-esteem is important for a Christian.   When Jesus says that the second commandment of the law is like the first – “You shall love your neighbour as yourself”-… Read More

  • Truth Telling Which Leads to Healing 

    Last weekend I had the privilege of speaking at a Truth Telling Day at the place of Cook’s first landing – Kamay Botany Bay National Park. The event was organised by a grassroots people’s movement, founded in 1997 and developed by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians working together to recognise the past and move freely together… Read More

  • ACL Cautiously Optimistic About Budget’s Age Verification Allocation 

    The ACL notes with interest the Federal Government’s allocation of $6.5 million in the 2024-25 Budget to design and implement the Age Assurance Trial. We commend Minister Michelle Rowland and the Government for recognising the importance of age verification technology in protecting children from accessing inappropriate online content.  As a nation, we face significant challenges… Read More

  • Australia Behind the Times on Cass Commentary: NYT Interview Propels Report’s Concerns to Global Stage  

    The problem with the Australian Government’s head-in-the-sand approach to the Cass Review’s findings is that eventually, you need to come up for air. The hope, of course, with a see-no-evil strategy such as theirs is that, upon surfacing, the problem will have disappeared. But Dr. Hilary Cass is not going quietly. Rather, her voice –… Read More

  • Healing Day  

    On the 26th of May, Australians will once again observe a national day of commemoration. Since 2005 it has been officially called our ‘National Day of Healing’. Many will, however, be better acquainted with its original iteration – ‘National Sorry Day’.   The original National Sorry Day as it was then known, was held on the… Read More

  • The Twisted Perspective of Australian Media 

    OUTinPerth Out of Line: Misrepresenting ACL Parent Resource  In a recent online article, OUTinPerth has confirmed the opinion many have of today’s journalism by mischaracterising a recent ACL resource. Whilst we don’t feel the need to defend our own resource, it’s important to point out the way many journalists choose to twist truth to suit… Read More

  • Only One Mother in History Had a Perfect Child.

    This Sunday we celebrate mothers. Through Word and deed, God made it very clear that He places enormous importance on the role of motherhood. The Saviour of the world could have come to earth as a fully-grown man. God didn’t need to enter our world through the womb of a woman, but He chose that… Read More

  • Reclaiming the Rainbow: A Gospel Invitation on IDAHOBIT Day and Beyond 

    As the world celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and gears up for another “Pride” month, Christians once again find themselves at a cultural crossroads. In a society that increasingly affirms LGBTQ+ identities and relationships as not just normal, but to be celebrated, how do we remain faithful to the unchanging… Read More

  • Anzac Day  

    Anzac Day  

    The original Anzac Day services were very much church-led and they continue to be strongly influenced by our Christian heritage to this day. After World War 1 the national feeling of mourning and grief was acute, and so it was only natural for churches to take a leading role to help people come to terms… Read More

  • MisDis Bill Reloaded: Empowering truth Czars, Silencing Australians

    Media reports suggest the Federal Government is barrelling ahead with the Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023, despite widespread criticism from free speech advocates, including the ACL. The ACL remains opposed to the Bill, as it is a fundamental intrusion on the freedom of speech. Should an alternative to the Bill emerge… Read More

  • A Christian Perspective on the Cass Review 

    Dr. Hilary Cass, former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, has produced a significant report on gender care for young people that has sparked widespread attention. The Cass Review provides critical insights into the complexities and potential dangers of gender care practices for children, revealing that the medical interventions in this… Read More

  • Shaken Year 9 Girls Flee Unsupervised Graphic Sex Education Session in SA 

    By Ashlyn Vice, SA State Director   The recent incident at Renmark High School in South Australia involving a sex education session for Year 9 girls has sparked serious concerns about the content and supervision of such programs in our schools. According to The Advertiser, students were subjected to topics like bestiality and incest during… Read More

  • QLD Prostitution Decriminalisation Bill

    On 15 February 2024, Yvette D’Ath, the Queensland Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, tabled a Bill to fully decriminalise prostitution in Queensland.  If passed, Ms. D’Ath’s Bill will effectively treat prostitution like any other legitimate “work”, but without the protections that other work with risk attracts.… Read More

  • A Lament for Babies we Kill

    Will you hear my cry?Or will you let me die? Before I see the light Or jump up high in delight So many like me will dieO will you hear my cry?  With the passing of abortion to birth legislation, Australia now has the most brutal laws in relation to abortion in the world, perhaps tying for this dishonor… Read More

  • Canberra’s Calvary

    The closure of a Catholic hospital has become a matter of life, death and conscience. Has Canberra become a hostile environment for those of religious faith? Many observers of the compulsory acquisition of Calvary Hospital by the ACT Government are unconvinced by official claims that it is to achieve an efficiently run Territory-wide public hospital… Read More

  • WA Billboard saga – an interim victory! 

    Earlier this year, a huge billboard with a sexually explicit photo in Osborne Park in WA sparked public outrage.  The mainstream media and talk back radio carried the story.   There was broad community outrage.  The result was that some 350 formal complaints were lodged with AD Standards.   ACL was one of the many community groups… Read More

  • WA: Abortion laws to change…for the worse

    In November 2022 the McGowan Government announced that it was moving to modernise WA’s abortion laws.  Public submissions were called for.  ACL provided a detailed and well-researched submission.  The Health Department had an online survey that required multiple-choice type responses, which did not allow for any views other than maintaining the current law or liberalising… Read More

  • Qld: Sex Self-ID Bill final vote

    The ACL along with over 175 organisations and individuals who made submissions opposingthe Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Bill (2022) will be carefully watching theQueensland Parliament during its next sitting week commencing Tuesday 13 June.According to the Parliamentary hearing transcript, experts testified during the CommitteeInquiry that sex is immutable and that changing the birth sex… Read More

  • More children to be denied the right to a father and mother

    The McGowan Government has announced that it supports the recommendations of the Ministerial Expert Panel to rewrite West Australia’s surrogacy and reproductive technology legislation to allow single men and same sex couples access to surrogacy. Under WA current laws (Surrogacy Act 2008) only heterosexual couples can access surrogacy in WA.Regrettably, these recommendations are grounded in… Read More