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MR: ACL releases interview with Tas Liberal Leader Will Hodgman
· February 24, 2014 11:00 AM
Monday, 24th February 2014
ACL has released an exclusive video interview with Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman about his position on issues of concern to Christians in the lead up to the state election.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Labor Premier Lara Giddings declined the opportunity to be interviewed but has said she would supply a written response to the questions.
Mr Brown said the 20 minute interview is available to watch on
“Mr Hodgman gives his position on a number of issues including unemployment, education, abortion, marriage, anti-discrimination, gambling, sexualisation of society and health,” he said.
If elected in March, Mr Hodgman gave an undertaking to amend anti-discrimination legislation to allow for a general exemption so faith-based schools would have the freedom to select staff and students who shared their ethos.
“On the issue of abortion, Mr Hodgman has indicated his concern at the legislation passed late last year which infringed on a doctor’s right to freedom of conscience,” Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown said ACL was providing opportunities for Christians to make an informed vote this election with its
Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast
event tomorrow and
Meet Your Candidate Forums
being held around the state over the next two weeks.
“Tomorrow’s business breakfast will discuss the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to strong Tasmanian families and communities with economist Professor Ian Harper, local innovator and business strategist Professor Jonathan West, and Mission Australia’s Noel Mundy,” he said.
“The five Meet Your Candidate Forums provide an opportunity for people to meet their local candidates and understand the values and ideas that they’ll bring to the job if elected,” he said.
The website also has a conscience vote history table of current sitting MPs showing how they voted on issues including surrogacy, marriage, adoption, abortion and euthanasia legislation in the past three years.
Mr Brown said the majority of Tasmanians identify themselves as being of the Christian faith.
“Elections are a good time for Christians to positively influence society through electing people of good character who share their desire to see a more moral, just and compassionate society,” he said.
Mr Hodgman’s interview and other election resources are available at
Making your Tas election vote count with the Hare-Clark system
· February 20, 2014 11:00 AM
The Hare-Clark system is named after its inventor, British barrister Thomas Hare, and the Tasmanian Attorney-General Andrew Inglis Clark, who modified it and persuaded Tasmania to adopt the system in 1896. It has been used continuously since 1909.
The system is a version of the
Single Transferable Vote
and is a form of
, which means parties are elected according to the proportion of the vote they receive.
Hare-Clark is used in Tasmanian Lower House elections and is similar to Australian Senate elections, with some key distinguishing differences.
One important difference between Hare-Clark and other systems is that voters are only required to fill as many preferences as there are vacancies, currently five in each Tasmanian electorate. Voters can fill in all boxes if they so choose but are not required to.
The most significant difference, however, is that in Hare-Clark there is
no ticket voting
, in other words,
no above the line voting
. This means that rather than voting by party,
voters must vote for their preferred candidates in order
With a ticket vote, a vote for a particular party will be distributed according to the preferences of that party. In Hare-Clark, this is not possible, so
each voter must direct their own preferences
This allows all voters to vote not according to the party but according to each individual candidate.
For example, after careful consideration of each candidate, a voter might choose to vote as follows:
Ted Smith – Party A
Mary Smith – Party B
Gary Smith – Party C
Wendy Smith – Party C
Martin Smith – Party B
Estella Smith – Party A
Bruno Smith – Party D
Natalie Smith – Party D
Of course, some voters want a particular party to win, and so can choose to vote first for all Party A candidates one by one, and then Party B candidates, and so on.
In Hare-Clark, as in other preferential voting systems, votes are not “wasted”. Each candidate needs to reach a quota of votes in order to be elected – in this case, about 16.7 per cent. Some candidates will receive many more votes than the quota. Surplus votes are then distributed proportionately according to how voters numbered their preferences until all quotas are filled. Likewise, if all the quotas have not been filled, then the candidate with the lowest number of votes is excluded and their votes distributed in a similar manner. Thus, it is not a waste to vote for either a high profile candidate certain to win a seat, or for a low profile independent almost certain not to win a seat.
This may seem complicated, but it ensures that the candidates elected are representative of the voters true preferences. Thankfully, there are sophisticated computer systems in place to crunch the numbers!
As Christians, we should value our vote and make informed decisions at the ballot box. There are good people of faith and values in different parties and running as independents.
So when you vote in the Tasmanian election, make sure you get informed about each
, numbering each individually.
For more information about the Hare-Clark system, see these resources:
explaining the system before the 2006 Tasmanian election.
Antony Green article “
Visualising the Hare-Clark Electoral System
Tasmanian Electoral Commission
The Proportional Representation Society of Australia has an
exploring some of the more technical aspects of the system in detail.
Monthly newsletter - February 2014
· February 17, 2014 11:00 AM
The ACL's monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL's Managing Director Lyle Shelton, is out now. This month's newsletter includes stories on combating drug and alcohol-fuelled violence in New South Wales, the upcoming Tasmanian state election, ACL's inaugural Gap Week and much more. Click
to read the February newsletter.
Queensland Rally for Life, Saturday 22nd February
· February 12, 2014 11:00 AM
Join in this year's
Rally for Life
in Queensland and hear ACL's Wendy Francis speak on her personal experience of the blessings for all who choose life.
purpose of the rally is to send a strong message to the Queensland government that abortion should not be legalised in the state. Currently abortion is still illegal in the state for doctors and women unless a doctor believes a woman’s physical and/or mental health is in danger. Last year the Tasmanian government removed abortion from the criminal code into the health code which will make it easier to obtain an abortion in the state (see ACL’s media release
Sad Day for the Unborn in Tasmania
Also speaking at the Rally for Life event is Margaret Tighe and Tim Rushbrook. Margaret is president of Right to Life Australia and has played a prominent role in the campaign to uphold the right to life of all human beings. Tim is the father of a child with Downs Syndrome, the most targeted disability pre-birth.
Saturday 22nd February 2013
1.15pm Roby Curtis and Band;
2.00pm The main
Rally for Life
Queens Park, cnr William, Elizabeth & George Streets, Brisbane CBD
What to bring:
Your friends, relatives & children, hat, water, sunscreen, chair, rug, umbrella, donation towards rally costs
Expected finish time is 4pm. Only official placards allowed
Rally organisers are looking for people to help out on the day. All ages can volunteer and jobs will be allotted appropriately:
1. Helium balloon inflation (from 9am – 12 noon, any or all of this time appreciated)
2. Distribution of balloons to attendees (all ages can do this – gather balloons from tent and hand out)
3. Ticket counters – hand out a numbered ticket to attendees (all ages can do this)
4. Emu parade – walking around the park to collect any paper, water bottles etc. Gloves supplied. (there is usually next to nothing to collect luckily)
5. Water station – need 2 people for each of 2 stations to take the gold coin donations and hand out the bottles of water. Prefer if you can supply your own esky and ice. We will reimburse you for the ice upon receipt presentation. We will bring the bottles of water.
Donation bucket collectors.
Restricted to 15 yrs and up and subject to approval by CLQ. Marked buckets and identification headbands provided. Involves walking through the crowd with a collection bucket when asked from the stage. Buckets are to be signed in and signed out with photo ID presented both times. These donations ensure the longevity of the Rally.
– to ensure
follow instructions to remain on the grassed area etc.
If you're able to help out in any of these areas, please contact Cherish Life Queensland by phoning 3871 2445 or emailing
For more information, visit the
Rally for Life
New Archbishop challenges church to engage
· February 12, 2014 11:00 AM
Tasmania’s new Catholic archbishop Julian Porteous, who began his role September, has in a recent blog sent a strong message about the need for Christian engagement in the public square. He points out three foundations of society currently under great threat – the sacredness of life, the true nature of marriage and family, and religious freedom.
Archbishop Porteous strongly endorses the need for Christians to be active in ensuring orchestrated campaigns by a small motivated minority groups do not reshape society for the worse, pointing to the Jesus’ admonition for his followers to be salt and light in the world. This article is well worth sharing around.
Read the article by following
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· January 23, 2014 11:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as the NSW government's decision to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence, and the political environment in Tasmania. See below for links to mentions in the media.
On the NSW government's decision to tackle drug and alcohol fuelled violence in the state:
Christian Today Australia -
Greater focus needed on addressing the root causes of binge drinking, says ACL
On Tasmanian politics:
Christian Today Australia -
ACL looks to post-Greens future for Tasmania
MR: ACL looks to post-Greens future for Tasmania
· January 16, 2014 11:00 AM
Thursday, January 16th 2014
Labor’s broken election promise on governing with the Greens has been disastrous for Tasmania and voters now had the opportunity to create a post-Greens future for the state, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown has welcomed the announcement today that Labor would split from its power-sharing alliance with the Greens.
Mr Brown said it was an absolute breach of trust for Labor to enter into an alliance with the Greens after the 2010 election and people would rightly be wary of today’s announcement, given how easily the same promise was breached in 2010.
“The decision by former Labor Premier David Bartlett to enter into an alliance despite clearly declaring before the election that he would “never do a deal with the devil” damaged Labor’s credibility and its ability to deliver good government,” he said.
“The state government of the last four years has focused a disproportionate amount of time on repeated attempts at radical social policy reform, due in part to the Greens influence, while the economy continues to suffer.
“This has not gone unnoticed by the electorate which walked away from the Greens at the last federal election. The Greens’ primary vote in Tasmania fell by around nine per cent in both the House of Representatives and senate from the 2010 election results.
“Voters last year indicated the desire for a post-Green era where governments could get on with the business of driving key areas like the economy and jobs unhindered by the Greens anti-industry handbrake and its obsession with redefining marriage.
“The end of the alliance in Tasmania provides Labor with an opportunity to start rebuilding its tarnished credibility. There are a substantial number of swinging voters in the Tasmanian Christian community who are looking for genuine options when it comes to who they vote for in March,” he said.
Monthly newsletter - December 2013
· December 16, 2013 11:00 AM
The ACL’s monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton, is out now. This month’s newsletter includes stories on same-sex marriage in NSW, abortion in Tasmania, and chaplaincy in Queensland. Click
to read the December newsletter.
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· November 27, 2013 11:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on Governor-General Quentin Bryce's comments regarding same-sex marriage, and Tasmania's abortion laws. See below for links to mentions in the media.
On Tasmania's abortion laws:
ABC News -
Protests banned outside Tas abortion clinics
ABC Onlines -
Tasmania to decriminalise abortion
The Australian -
Tasmanian abortion protest ban faces challenge
The Examiner -
Abortion challenge concerns dismissed
Tasmanian Times -
Australian Christian Lobby: A sad day for the unborn in Tasmania
Life News -
Tasmania, Australia Decriminalizes Abortion Making it Just Another Medical Procedure
Life Site News -
Tasmania legalizes abortion, threatens protesters with hefty fines for violating 'bubble zones'
National Right to Life News -
Tasmania becomes third territory in Australia to open abortion floodgates
ACL's Queensland Director Wendy Francis appeared on Channel 10's Wake Up morning program speaking about the Governor-General's comments on same-sex marriage:
Channel 10 -
25 Nov GG For Gay Marriage
ACL's Tas Director talks about changes to abortion law on the Political Spot
· November 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Mark Brown is the Tasmanian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about changes to abortion law that were passed last week in the upper house.
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