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ACL commends MPs who supported orphans’ rights
· September 09, 2010 10:00 AM
For release: September 9, 2010
The Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby strongly commended the minority of NSW Parliamentarians who supported the rights of orphans and children given up for adoption to a mother and father.
“Throughout history it seems propaganda has intermittently triumphed over what is right or logical”, said Jim Wallace.
“Today is such a moment, all the sadder for the issue at stake – the best interests of the most vulnerable orphaned or relinquished children.”
“This debate has been waged by the gay and lesbian activists with smart marketing strategy, the usual deception and complete disregard for anyone else’s rights” said Mr Wallace.
“The real issue here has never been, as claimed, about children in same sex families, but the right of wards of the state to expect Government to uphold the until now timeless principle, that adoption is about children, not adults. About finding mothers and fathers for children tragically denied them – not children for adults, heterosexual or homosexual.”
“The media must also accept a large part of the responsibility for this outcome. It has been totally uncritical of the gay agenda, and by that failed to expose the real issue at stake – one that would definitely not have public support outside inner city cafes,” said Jim Wallace.
“Adoption is about children.”
Mr Wallace hoped the MPs who only narrowly missed defeating this in the Lower House because of two absences, would maintain their resolve to see that the next debate on the obvious need to regulate surrogacy, would not be used to camouflage this aggressive gay agenda yet again.
“In QLD we now have surrogacy available to even a single man,” said Mr Wallace. “Clearly this should not happen; children are not pets to be had at a whim.”
“I sincerely hope that those who have shown the moral fibre so otherwise increasingly missing in the NSW Parliament at large, will continue to uphold the real best interests of the child, without being duped by this aggressive and selfish gay rights agenda.”
“It was hard to imagine the NSW Parliament sinking even lower in the average person’s esteem, demonstrating even more lack of moral authority, but this has surely done it,” he said.
Website crashes coping with level of concern over same-sex adoption bill
· September 08, 2010 10:00 AM
The level of concern over the NSW same-sex adoption bill has increased to such an extent that a ‘Kids Rights Count’ campaign website assisting people to email politicians crashed last night coping with demand.
To date more than 40,000 emails have been sent to NSW politicians via the Australian Christian Lobby’s www.makeastand.org.au website from people asking politicians to put the best interests of children first and reject the legislation.
ACL NSW Director David Hutt said that the website server crashed last night trying to keep up with the number of people seeking to urge their political representatives to reject the bill.
“We have had an overwhelming response from people wanting to make a stand for kids’ rights. It’s great to see so many people speaking out against a bill that puts the rights of adults ahead of the rights of children. MPs are on notice that the community does not support this legislation and will be looking closely at their voting record,” Mr Hutt said.
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979
ACL appeals to NSW Upper House - “Please put children first”
· September 06, 2010 10:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby will write on Monday, via email, to all NSW Upper House members, calling on them to ensure that adoption in NSW remains as it should be, about the rights of children, not adults (draft below).
The letter appeals to MLC’s to separate the issues of known and stranger adoption, the latter requiring Governments always to act in the child’s best interests, given that the children being placed are already traumatised by the circumstances of their being orphaned or disadvantaged by having almost certainly reluctantly been given up for adoption by a mother who feels she can’t cope with their upbringing.
“Those who believe Christians are against this simply as a gay and lesbian issue should realise that the Bible is replete with injunctions for Christians to protect orphans and we will not shirk this responsibility, or fail to ask legislators to meet theirs, because of the strength of a very aggressive and selfish gay rights lobby,” said ACL Managing Director, Jim Wallace.
Writing to members of the NSW Legislative Council, Mr Wallace argued that the scope of the Adoption Amendment be limited:
“if you are convinced of the need for reform in known adoption, I ask that you in all conscience ensure the legislation is limited to [known adoption]... Adoption has never been about the rights of adults, but the rights of children.”
The letter points out that the selfishness of this demand by the gay and lesbian rights lobby is reflective of the demand they have put in Tasmania for the “right” to give blood, despite exceptionally high rates of HIV infection in the community, once again demanding rights that put the interests of others last.
“When the perceived rights of these gay and lesbian rights activists reaches this point, where it so obviously seeks to overturn the long held principle that adoption is about children, not adults, it is time for the community, but especially legislators, to say ‘Too far, enough!’”, said Mr Wallace.
Media Contact: David Hutt on 0409 678 484.
5 September 2010
To members of the NSW Legislative Council
I am writing in the light of the very close passage of the bill giving adoption rights to homosexual couples in the Legislative Assembly, to appeal to you to reject it when it comes before you.
This letter is further to the detailed objections recorded in a letter you will have received from my State Director, Mr David Hutt.
I am sure that the deceptive co-opting of the term “best interests of the child” by the gay and lesbian activists to this cause has not blinded you to the fact that this bill is not just about known adoption, but also stranger adoption.
While the gay and lesbian rights lobby have tried their hardest to mount a case for allowing ‘known’ adoptions, they have failed entirely to articulate an argument in support of allowing ‘stranger’ adoptions.
There is no argument drawing on reason, compassion or nature, that can justify a vote that consigns children, in whose best interests you have an absolute responsibility to act, to being given in adoption to a same-sex couple when the list of suitable adoptive heterosexual couples is so disappointedly long.
Given the raft of Federal and NSW State legislative initiatives to ensure the rights of both children and parents in homosexual families over the last few years, even the case for known same-sex adoptions is difficult to see. But like the demands by gays in Tasmania for the “right” to give blood despite the obvious threat to public health of their exceptionally high HIV infection rates, this demand pays no respect to the rights of others, in this case even children.
However if you are convinced of the need for reform in known adoption, I ask that you in all conscience ensure the legislation is limited to this.
Adoption has never been about the rights of adults, but the rights of children. But it is also about the responsibility of legislators to ensure that the most vulnerable of children, those orphaned or reluctantly given up for adoption, should be placed in a family that gives them the love and natural personal development models of both a mother and a father. An inalienable right for children, and one that governments are honour bound to ensure above the demands of adults, whatever their sexuality.
I appeal to your conscience in this, both on behalf of the ACL and personally as a citizen of NSW,
JJA WALLACE AM
Jim Wallace appears on ‘Sunrise’ and ‘7PM Project’
· September 02, 2010 10:00 AM
continuing today in the NSW Lower House about Independent MP Clover Moore’s same-sex adoption bill, ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace has appeared on two national television programs to explain why the legislation is not in the best interests of children.
Last night Jim appeared on Network Ten’s ‘7PM Project’ and answered questions from a panel including newsreader Carrie Bickmore and comedians Dave Hughes and Charlie Pickering on the topic. Please click
to watch the video.
This morning at 7.10 am Jim appeared on Network Seven’s ‘Sunrise’ program and took part in a debate with gay activist Rodney Croome on the topic ‘Should same-sex couples adopt?’ Please click
to watch the video.
A conscience vote on the bill is expected to be taken today in the Lower House, after debate continued late into the night yesterday. ACL’s NSW Director David Hutt watched the debate from the gallery – something which was noted by one MP, with another MP who is against the legislation quoting from an ACL letter to MPs on the topic.
It is important that Christians continue to make known to NSW parliamentarians our concerns about the legislation – which would deny adopted children the benefit and role modeling of both a mother and a father. If you live in NSW please go to our ‘Kids Rights Count’ campaign at
and let your political representatives know about your concerns with the bill. This campaign needs to continue strongly, as even if the legislation is passed by the Lower House it can still be defeated in the Upper House.
NSW MPs called on to reject homosexual stranger adoption
· September 01, 2010 10:00 AM
With debate on a same-sex adoption bill due to begin in the NSW Parliament this afternoon, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has called on NSW MPs to act in the best interests of children and vote against the legislation.
ACL NSW Director David Hutt said that efforts are being made to portray the legislation as being entirely about ‘known adoptions’ when in actual fact the bill clearly allows for ‘stranger adoptions’ where the same-sex couple has no prior relationship with the child.
“Given the large numbers of heterosexual parents waiting years to adopt a child, there is no justification for changing the law to place adopted children in the homes of same-sex couples they don’t even know,” Mr Hutt said.
“We urge Lower House politicians to make a true conscience vote on the bill – not based on party loyalties – and to carefully consider whether denying a child in ‘stranger’ adoption the benefit of having both a mother and a father is really putting that child’s best interests first.
“The debate about same-sex adoption is not a gay rights issue. This is about children’s rights – specifically the right of an adopted child to be placed in a home with both a mother and a father,” Mr Hutt said.
“Section 8 of the Adoption Act 2000 clearly states that no adult has the right to adopt a child. Parliamentarians need to get beyond attempts by the gay lobby to frame this as a rights issue and start focussing on what this will mean for children in the future.
“Sadly, adopted children can often face emotional struggles. If passed, this bill will allow children to be adopted out to two mums or two dads and make them miss out on the love and role modelling that both a mum and a dad can provide.”
Mr Hutt said that in the case of same-sex couples wanting to adopt children already living with them, most of their concerns about providing parental care can be effectively dealt with through a parenting order made by the Family Court. Parenting orders are a mechanism that recognises the relationship between a child and an adult and give the adult parental responsibility for the child.
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979
NSW parliamentarians urged to reject gay adoption bill
· August 30, 2010 10:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today urged NSW parliamentarians to reject a same-sex adoption bill set to be debated as early as tomorrow, saying that it goes against the best interests of the children who as a consequence will miss out on the love and role models of both a mother and a father.
ACL NSW Director David Hutt said it is astounding that with only nine sitting weeks before the March 2011 election and a myriad of problems to deal with, the NSW Parliament is focussing its attention on fulfilling the gay lobby’s demands even though they go against the rights of children.
“NSW is facing crises in the areas of road, rail, infrastructure, energy security and much more. We are not facing a gay adoption crisis. This bill is an indulgence on the Parliament’s time,” Mr Hutt said.
“Heterosexual couples who can provide a more complete family environment are already spending years on NSW waiting lists in the hope of adopting a child, with many missing out. Now, it appears that politicians are to consider a bill which would see children who are being adopted out – and may already be in difficult emotional circumstances – losing the benefit of having both a mum and a dad.
“It defies belief that, behind the smokescreen of the federal election campaign, we are seeing this kind of social engineering legislation pushed to the fore despite the very real concerns about what it will mean for children in the future.”
Most worrying is the deceptive line being run that this is really about addressing some entrenched inequality for children already with homosexual parents.
Mr Hutt said that a raft of changes to Federal and State laws in recent years have dealt with discrimination affecting children in same-sex families and this issue should not be considered a reason to introduce gay adoption.
“The bill put forward by Independent Member Clover Moore – and which the NSW Government is allowing to be debated – clearly allows for ‘stranger’ adoption, which could see babies and young children adopted out to two mums or two dads with whom they have no previous connection,” Mr Hutt said.
“The NSW Adoption Act 2000 itself says that no adult has the ‘right’ to adopt a child and that the best interests of the child must be paramount. This is not a gay rights issue. It is, as adoption always is, about the rights of the child.”
“We strongly urge all NSW parliamentarians to consider what is at stake and reject the same-sex adoption bill.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979
NSW gay adoption bill could be debated next week
· August 26, 2010 10:00 AM
Debate is expected to begin in the NSW Parliament as early as next week on a bill which would allow same-sex couples to adopt children – thereby denying them the right to both a mother and a father.
If you live in NSW and haven’t already done so, please go to
and fire off an email to your local MP and Upper House representatives urging them to oppose the legislation. Please also encourage your friends and family to do the same.
In June Independent MP Clover Moore introduced the Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2010 into Parliament, with the NSW Government then deciding to allow debate on the bill and both Labor and the Coalition choosing to give MPs a conscience vote. NSW Parliament resumes next Tuesday (August 31) and it is extremely important that Christians make their voice heard on this issue.
Already more than 8,000 emails have been sent to politicians from Christians opposed to the legislation through the ACL’s
Kids’ Rights Count
campaign, but it is vital that we keep our concerns at the forefront of politicians’ minds through many more people joining in the campaign.
The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby have rallied their supporters and are putting pressure on MPs to support the bill.
Please remind your political representatives that the NSW Parliament has a duty to act in the best interests of the child and ensure that children who are adopted out are not denied the opportunity to benefit from the love and role modelling of both a mother and a father.
ACL launches ""Kids' Rights Count"" campaign in NSW
· August 17, 2010 10:00 AM
ACL is calling on supporters in New South Wales to make a stand for kids’ rights, today launching the "Kids' Rights Count" campaign at
In just a few weeks, the NSW Parliament will hold a conscience vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to adopt a child. This would deny kids the right to both a mother and a father’s love.
Many children who have been adopted already feel different from other kids. Denying them the right to at least be placed in an adoptive home with both a mother and a father will not make things any easier for them.
Kids' Rights Count campaign site
you can find more information about the Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2010 and take action to protect children’s rights.
We have a responsibility to speak up for those who don’t have a voice. Please visit
to email your Member of Parliament. Please also consider calling your MP or asking to meet him or her to discuss your opposition to the proposed law.
Thank you for your support.
NSW Govt gay adoption change welcome but still denies kids’ rights to a mum and dad
· August 09, 2010 10:00 AM
Plans by the Keneally Government
to exempt faith-based adoption agencies from Clover Moore’s same-sex adoption bill are welcome but if the State Government is truly concerned about the best interests of children it should completely withdraw support for the bill, the Australian Christian Lobby’s NSW Director, David Hutt, said today.
“ACL is glad to see the Keneally Government has started listening to the concerns of Anglicare and CatholiCare. As two of only three non-government adoption agencies accredited in NSW, the Government should value their expertise, follow their advice and reject the bill,” Mr Hutt said.
Mr Hutt said the NSW Government has a duty to act in the best interests of the child and ensure that all children adopted out are not denied the opportunity to have a mother and a father.
“The community at large would not be comfortable with adopted children being denied this benefit.
“This should not be seen as a gay rights issue but as being about children’s rights,” he said. “All things being equal, children have the right to both a mother and a father. We know that through circumstance and tragedy this is not always possible but adoption is one area where we can uphold this important value for the benefit of children.
“A raft of changes to Federal and State laws in recent years have dealt with discrimination affecting children in same-sex families and this issue should not be considered a reason to introduce gay adoption. If there are any remaining areas of concern these should be looked at separately from adoption laws.”
“Parliament has only nine sitting weeks before the March 2011 election to sort out NSW’s myriad transport and infrastructure problems. The people of NSW would be expecting the Government to focus on these problems rather than on radical social engineering,” Mr Hutt said.
“Community Services Minister Linda Burney made the right call earlier this year when she said there was insufficient public support for same-sex adoption. The Government should stick to its guns and not be pressured by a selfish gay and lesbian rights lobby that would put the interests of a very small minority ahead of the rights of children.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979
50,000 people call on the NSW Government to protect Special Religious Education in schools
· June 25, 2010 10:00 AM
June 25, 2010
A staggering 50,000 people have called on the NSW Government to protect the place of special religious education (SRE) in schools and reschedule the proposed ethics classes to another time slot.
Christians from all major Christian denominations across NSW have signed a petition organised by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) which was tabled in NSW Parliament yesterday.
ACL’s NSW Director David Hutt said today that the overwhelming support for the Save Our Scripture petition should send a clear message to NSW parliamentarians about the need to safeguard the special place of SRE in NSW schools.
”The NSW Government is to be commended for its renewed focus on teaching ethics,” Mr Hutt said. “The Government should not be discriminating against children of faith who will not be able to attend both SRE and ethics.
“The classes should be run at separate times.”
Mr Hutt said that while SRE classes do have an ethical component, their main focus is on teaching a religious narrative.
“SRE students would greatly benefit from being able to attend ethics classes if they were held at another time.”
Mr Hutt said that SRE classes have made an important contribution to NSW schools for more than 100 years and the NSW Government needs to take this fact and the strong support for them into the community into account.
The wording of the petition is as follows:
“That the New South Wales Government’s plans to introduce ethics classes at the same time as Special Religious Education (SRE) places the new curriculum in direct competition with SRE. Under the current plan, students will not be able to attend both SRE and ethics classes. They will be forced to choose between the two.
“New South Wales has a proud tradition of recognizing the valuable contribution religious education makes to society. Additional material on ethics is a welcome addition to the New South Wales education curriculum.
“It should be available to students who participate in SRE. Your petitioners request that the new ethics syllabus be offered at a time separate from SRE.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979
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