For release: August 16, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby today called on the Government to withdraw its support for the Greens’ so-called ‘Territory Rights Bill’.

“Once again it seems the Labor Caucus has been misadvised on the effect of this so-called Territory Rights Bill,” said ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace.

“With the make up of the current federal parliament, the proposed parliamentary veto over territories’ legislation will effectively rest with the Greens.

“This allows those pursuing an agenda of same-sex marriage to do so despite Federal Labor's election promise to maintain marriage between a man and a woman.

“For Labor to support this bill is to play into the hands of the Greens’ social agenda as they now effectively hold the parliamentary veto over Territory legislation.”

Mr Wallace said that the purpose of the bill was to further the Greens’ radical social agenda on issues such as same-sex marriage rather than improve democracy for territories, as evidenced by the fact that the original Territory Rights Bill was introduced immediately after a federal government veto of ACT civil unions legislation.

Mr Wallace said the Green-Labor alliance in the ACT had past history in challenging Federal Labor's commitment to marriage and the Territory Rights Bill would likely reactivate this challenge.

“The authority and responsibility for legislating on marriage is the federal parliaments – and that parliament should not pass legislation that effectively delegates that,” said Mr Wallace.