Media Release: Tuesday, 6 March, 2007

The Australian Christian Lobby was disappointed to see the admission that the fraudulent use of an email purporting to represent its views, had indeed been admitted as coming from a staffer in the office of a Minister in the ACT Government. Andrew Barr had admitted to having requested the resignation of the responsible staffer only last week.

“However our real concern is whether this act isn’t indicative of a much deeper and more serious culture of disregard for community views and participation in the democratic process,” said Jim Wallace the Managing Director of the Lobby.

“The ACL has certainly seen this disregard for public opinion in the Government’s going ahead with homosexual adoption, despite more than ninety per cent of submissions to the public inquiry being strongly against it,” he said. “The governments handling of community concerns on the human rights act, closing of primary schools, civil unions and the denial of the right to object to development approvals, all carry vestiges of what can only be called an underlying level of arrogance and contempt for the views of those they represent,” he said.

“I find it very difficult to believe that individual staffers would conduct themselves in this way, unless the atmosphere created by their superiors is such that they believe that their actions would be tacitly agreed to by superiors, that they are in accord with the values and views permeating the office,” said Mr Wallace.

Contact: Jim Wallace