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MR: Tas surrogacy laws set up another stolen generation
· August 30, 2012 10:00 AM
Thursday, 30 August, 2012
Last night the upper house of the Tasmanian parliament passed surrogacy laws allowing singles, heterosexual and same-sex couples to have access to altruistic surrogacy.
ACL is disappointed to see the rights to children once again put second place to the desires of adults.
“The ACL holds the view that the law should dissuade adults from entering into surrogacy arrangements because it is a practice fraught with legal and emotional complexities for all parties,” said ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown.
“The Bill passed last night denies a child’s fundamental right to at least begin life with a mother and father by allowing singles and same-sex couples to access surrogacy.”
“Are we in 20 years going to see another apology made, as in the case of forced adoptions, to children who may be deprived of, or in some cases even knowing, a mother or father?”
“Having learned nothing from the past, we are setting up another stolen generation of kids denied their biological mother or father,” Mr Brown said.
The UN Declaration on the Rights of a Child states that the child:
...shall, wherever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his parents, a child of tender years shall not, save in exceptional circumstances, be separated from his mother
“Wherever possible, our government should be affirming this, and in the best interests of children, give them the right to at least begin life with their natural mother and father.”
“It is disappointing to see the Parliament ignore the vast body of evidence of harm caused to children brought about through donor conception who are denied their biological heritage.”
MR: Tas bill not ‘marriage equality’, it is cruel politics creating ‘marriage apartheid’
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 29 August, 2012
The Green-Labor same-sex marriage bill tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament yesterday does not provide so called ‘marriage equality’, it creates an entirely different legal arrangement called ‘same-sex marriage’.
The Australian Christian Lobby said the Greens, Labor and Tasmanian gay activists were playing cruel politics with the hopes of the very small number of same-sex attracted Australians who might want to get ‘married’.
“What was tabled yesterday is not marriage, it is an entirely different legal concoction,” ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said.
“The four bills in the Federal Parliament sought to change the definition of marriage but the Tasmanian bill creates a type of marriage apartheid with its own same-sex marriage celebrants who are different to real marriage celebrants.
“This is most likely because there are obvious constitutional issues with a State trying to legislate in an area of Commonwealth responsibility.”
Mr Brown said the tabling of this bill showed that the agenda of the Green-Labor Government and Tasmanian gay activists was not ‘marriage equality’ in Tasmania, it was about keeping alive the same-sex marriage campaign in order to put pressure on the Federal Parliament.
“This bill has been rushed seemingly to coincide with the four marriage bills being debated in the Federal Parliament, which have already made a farce of it and are most likely heading for defeat.
“It is a shame that the Parliament of Tasmania is being cynically manipulated in this way,” Mr Brown said.
Anglicans urge parliament to reject same-sex marriage bill
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 29 August, 2012
The Anglican Church in Tasmania has today urged Members of Parliament to reject the Premier’s same-sex marriage Bill, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday.
Assistant Bishop Ross Nicholson, said, “We are very disappointed that The Premier, Lara Giddings, has gone ahead with this legislation. It is a clear break of Labor’s promise made to Tasmanians before the 2010 election not to do this.”
Bishop Nicholson said, “The State of Tasmania already has an excellent tool that recognises diversity. Bishop John Harrower and the Anglican Church have always supported the existence of the Significant Relationships Register, but strongly reject this redefinition of marriage.
“The Premier's proposal is not about equality, it is about the redefinition of marriage itself. Such redefinition does not extend rights to a minority, it only imposes a novel and unnecessary view onto everyone. In an attempt to avoid the constraints of the Australian Constitution, the Premier is inventing an institution.
“The Bill attempts to deny the real distinction between two categories of relationship. The Government has failed to provide sufficient reasons as to why such a divisive and radical change in society should be rushed through Parliament without consulting the Tasmanian people.”
“This Bill, if it is passed, will increase the burden on our State. It will put a load on our bureaucracy and our judicial system. It reveals misplaced Government priorities at this time in Tasmania. The Premier's increasingly radical social agenda is not only ill-advised, but bewildering.”
Bishop Harrower is currently on leave. Bishop Nicholson may be contacted for comment using the details below.
MR: Tas Parliament being used as a tool by Green and activists
· August 28, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 28 August, 2012
The same-sex marriage legislation being tabled today in Tasmania, as well as surrogacy laws due to be debated this week, are both radical pieces of social legislation that should be rejected by the Tasmanian Parliament.
According to the Australian Christian Lobby’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown, it is absurd for Tasmania to be going alone on the issue of same-sex marriage when it is clearly a federal issue.
“The last thing Australia needs is conflicting marriage laws throughout the nation,” Mr Brown said.
“Clearly, the Tasmanian Labor party is not in control of the Parliament if it is allowing the Greens and their loyal activists to control its agenda as part of a wider campaign to pressure on the Federal Government to redefine marriage.
“These are not issues to be taken lightly; it is not in the best interest of children to be deliberately severed from their biological parents – something which surrogacy and same-sex marriage paves the way for,” Mr Brown said.
“The Tasmanian parliament has a responsibility to protect the rights of children to their biological mother and father wherever possible rather than succumb solely to the desires of adults,” Mr Brown said.
Mark Brown on The Political Spot
· August 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings plans to make a formal apology to mothers and children affected by forced adoption policies in the past. ACL's Tasmania Director Mark Brown spoke about this with ACL's Daniel Simon.
MR: Tasmanian Premier in an ironic debacle
· August 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby said it is ironic that Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has promised a formal apology for forced adoptions in this session of Parliament, given her plan to legalise surrogacy for same-sex couples and singles.
The Premier has failed to recognise that, like forced adoptions, same-sex and single surrogacy will force a child to be severed from biological parents.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said it’s important to highlight the irony between the proposed surrogacy legislation and forced adoptions.
“Lara Giddings’ pledge to apologise for the injustices and deep hurt caused to mothers and children affected by forced adoptions should be applauded. It is, however, totally inconsistent that in the same session of Parliament, laws may be passed that perpetuate the same injustices for future Tasmanian children,” Mr Brown said.
“Who is going to apologise to these children in 20 years time for them being deprived of, or in some cases even knowing, a mother or father?
“Wherever possible, our government should, in the best interests of children, give them the right to at least begin life with their natural mother and father,” he said.
MR: Police wrong on brothels
· August 14, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 14th August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby said Tasmania Police had missed an opportunity to promote long-lasting change for the community by backing the legalisation and regulation of the sex industry in its submission to the Justice Department consultation on prostitution.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Queensland Police had adopted a similar approach prior to brothels being legalised in that state in 1999, but by any measure this approach had been a failure.
“Ninety-percent of prostitution remains unregulated in Queensland despite assurances that it would protect those involved in the trade,” Mr Brown said.
“Legalising brothels only leads to an increase in the number of women involved in prostitution, both legal and illegal. Even in the legal sector, the high risks associated with prostitution can never be eliminated.”
Mr Brown said we should never give legislative license to a trade that exposed women to such high rates of physical and sexual violence.
“In what other industry are 60-75 per cent of the workers raped, 70-95 per cent physically assaulted and 68 per cent sufferers of post traumatic stress disorder in the same range as ‘treatment seeking combat veterans’?” Mr Brown said.
“The only approach to the sex trade that has been proven to reduce the demand for prostitution, and therefore the number of vulnerable women and children trapped in the trade, was the Nordic approach,” Mr Brown said.
First implemented in Sweden, this approach criminalises the purchaser of sex and seeks to free women from the inherently harmful and exploitative trade.
“The success of this approach is clear by its adoption in other countries such as Norway, Iceland, and South Korea,” Mr Brown said.
Although this approach was at first met with criticism by the Swedish police, they now consider that the approach works well and has led to a reduction in illegal prostitution and sex trafficking.
Mr Brown said there is no evidence to suggest the Nordic approach has driven sex work “underground” as claimed by some submitters to the Justice Department consultation.
MR: Labor has chance to equal Coalition by protecting marriage
· August 11, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Sunday, 12th August, 2012
The Federal Government must intervene to stop Australia’s marriage laws from becoming a ‘hodge podge’ according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
The call follows announcements by the South Australian and ACT Governments to introduce homosexual marriage or marriage-mimicking laws.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said Prime Minister Julia Gillard went to the 2010 election
promising to up-hold marriage
between a man and a woman.
“Gay activists and Green politicians are now leading Labor States like Tasmania and South Australia by the nose towards homosexual ‘marriage’,” Mr Wallace said.
“Integrity does matter in politics and Federal Labor could choose to equal the Coalition’s integrity on marriage by intervening to stop South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT from legislating a new definition of marriage.
“The Coalition’s resolve to keep its election promise is to be applauded, despite the Greens and activists wanting it broken.
“The Government needs to act swiftly before Australia ends up with different marriage laws between States and the Commonwealth.
“The Attorney General must defend marriage against attempts by States and Territories to redefine it, even if it means going to the High Court,” Mr Wallace said.
“The Government also must signal that it will use the powers of the Parliament to overturn any marriage-mimicking law passed in the coming week by the Greens and Labor in the ACT.”
MR: Greens’ intolerance on marriage a worry for supporters of kids’ rights
· September 21, 2011 10:00 AM
For release: Wednesday 21st September 2011
The Greens’ intolerance toward people who support marriage between a man and a woman is not only absurd but a worry for people who dissent to their views, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
The Tasmanian Greens claim today in Parliament that Liberal Leader Will Hodgman’s views supporting marriage are ‘bigoted’ is vitriolic and intolerant ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said.
“A disappointing factor of the marriage debate has been the serial demonisation of people who support marriage,” Mr Brown said.
“What have we come to where it is ‘bigoted’ and ‘shameful’ to support the idea of marriage remaining between a man and a woman?
“Many people support marriage because they believe being raised by parents of different genders, wherever possible, is in the best interests of a child. Surely this is not bigotry,” Mr Brown said.
“If the Greens had absolute political power, what would they do to ‘bigots’ who do not conform to their views? Would it become a crime to say that a child should have every opportunity to have a mum and a dad?”
Mr Brown said today’s debate on same-sex marriage was a typical misuse of the Parliament’s time by the Greens who don’t seem to care that marriage is a Commonwealth responsibility in their pursuit of radical social experiments.
It was disappointing that Tasmanian Labor was continuing to be led by the Greens on social policy, Mr Brown said.
He thanked the Liberals for having the courage to stand for marriage in the face of such intolerant opposition.
“Even though the next election is years away, I’m sure the Christian constituency will not forget how members voted today.”
Media Contact: Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979 or Mark Brown on 0408 850 629
MR: Qld surrogacy mother’s regret sends a message to Tasmanian Parliament
· May 15, 2011 10:00 AM
For release: Monday May 16, 2011
last week of the first surrogate mother under Queensland’s Surrogacy Act bitterly regretting giving up her baby to two homosexual men should cause Tasmanian legislators to pause before rushing head-long into legislative social experimentation, according to Australian Christian Lobby Tasmanian Director Mark Brown.
Mr Brown said surrogacy was a fraught practice – ethically, legally, and psychologically – that was not in the interests of birth mothers or children.
“Tasmanian Upper House members considering the up-coming surrogacy bill should look closely at the plight of this Queensland woman and her child before voting.
“Whilst it is natural and right to empathise with the heartfelt desires of infertile couples to become parents, the welfare of the vulnerable in the process should always be a higher priority,” he said.
“The unfortunate news of Queensland’s first surrogate mother now regretting her involvement confirms the complexity that surrogacy creates for the birth mother in particular.
“ACL maintains that the interests of the birth mother, and especially children, who can never give their consent to the practice, should come before those of the intended parent(s) when it comes to surrogacy.
“The state should continue to discourage surrogacy because it blurs family relationships and disrupts relationship links between conception, gestation, birth and motherhood, which are important factors for human identity.”
Mr Brown said that such issues had been highlighted in a Senate inquiry report on Donor Conception Practices released in March.
“Tasmanian legislators have the benefit of the report’s findings, and more heart-rending stories from people conceived using donor conception.
“Instead of encouraging adults to enter into deeply conflicted parenting agreements, Tasmanian legislators should dissuade adults from entering into such arrangements.
“If legislators are determined to legalise surrogacy it should only be available as a last resort for medically infertile heterosexual couples in a long-term relationship who have a biological connection with the child.
“Deliberately denying children the right to be brought up within their biological families and to at least begin life with a mum and a dad, as permitted in the current bill, is not in a child’s best interest.”
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