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Genevieve Gilbert-Quach on the Political Spot talking about life as a prostitute
· June 11, 2013 10:00 AM
Genevieve Gilbert-Quach is a former prostitute. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman Mrs Gilbert-Quach talks about working as a prostitute for seven years in Melbourne before leaving. She's started the Pink Cross Foundation to help women transition out of the industry. There is also an
extended interview available
(20 minutes long).
MR: Victoria Police evidence shows link between sex trafficking and legalising prostitution
· May 09, 2013 10:00 AM
Thursday, 9th May 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) says evidence given by the Victoria Police at a parliamentary inquiry shows there’s a link between sex trafficking and legalised brothels.
Victoria Police yesterday told the Parliamentary Inquiry into Slavery and People Trafficking Melbourne hearing that there is a large-scale human trafficking problem occurring in many licensed brothels in the state.
ACL’s Victorian Director Dan Flynn says the state government’s laws surrounding prostitution don’t deter human trafficking and a new legislative approach was needed.
“Victoria Police have told the inquiry that although many brothels don’t use trafficked women, there are still plenty where trafficking is occurring,” he said.
“Prostitution has been licensed in Victoria since 1984 and as long as the states continue to allow legalised prostitution, we will never see this issue disappear.
“If the government wants to tackle the growing sex trafficking problem, it must seriously consider tackling the demand for prostituted women.
“ACL has continually advocated for the government to adopt the Nordic approach to prostitution which criminalises the purchase of sex
“The results are promising; Sweden, for example, is now seen as an unfavourable destination for traffickers of women,” he said.
In November 2012, ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton and Research Officer Daniel Simon argued that the existence of legal prostitution heightened demand for prostituted women and fostered an environment in which illegal prostitution and sex trafficking flourished.
to read ACL’s submission.
Vic Director Letter to Supporters - April 2013
· April 14, 2013 10:00 AM
The Victorian Director Dan Flynn’s letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
Two significant events have now kicked off in Victoria: the AFL football season and the federal election campaign.
September will bring us both a grand final and a federal election.
Over the last 12 months, it has been a privilege working with church leaders and Christians as we seek to positively influence government.
to continue reading.
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· April 04, 2013 11:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such outdoor advertising and same-sex marriage. See below for links to mentions in the media.
On outdoor advertising in Queensland:
Brisbane Times -
'G-rating' rule for Queensland's outdoor advertising?
ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn spoke to 3AW about Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle's support for same-sex marriage:
(Mr Flynn comes in at 1 hr 34mins)
Celebrate Easter! Check out what's happening in your state this weekend
· March 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Easter is a time to reflect on the greatest gift of all: Jesus. It is a time to celebrate God's love, grace and mercy through His death and resurrection.
We encourage you to take some time over this Easter long weekend to celebrate with family and friends by attending an Easter event in your state.
Check out the list below for some ideas.
Documentary 'Forgiven People' - Channel 7, Good Friday 3pm (excluding Victoria)
In the lead up to Easter, encourage non-Christian friends to use
to help answer their questions about faith, God and the Bible
Easter Street March and Stations of the Cross
- Picnic, children's activities and prayer vigils, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Procession of the Cross
- Pastors and Christian leaders carry the cross in unity from ACT Civic Square to Parliament House, Easter Sunday
Easter in the City: Hope and Harmony Festival
- Music, dance and drama, and interactive activities, Easter Sunday
New South Wales
Sydney Easter Parade
- Celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus, Sydney CBD, Saturday 6 April
Sydney Royal Easter Show
- Entertainment, competitions, rides and animal farms, 21 March - 3 April
Cronulla Easter Show
- Free entertainment, market stalls, face painting, rides and showbags, 29 March - 1 April
Sydney Family Show
- Rides, games, international food, markets, entertainment and showbags, 22 March - 1 April
Easter Saturday at the Waterfront
- Jumping castles, art and crafts, face painting and music, Saturday 30 March
- Free Easter Festival, Easter Monday
Redlands Easter Family Festival
- Easter Monday
- Australia's largest festival about Easter,
ACL staff to speak at event
, Toowoomba, 29-31 March
Mt Tamborine Easter Convention
- Teaching, worship, children and youth programs, 29 March - 1 April
Haigh's Chocolate Easter Bilby Egg Hunt
- Children's activities, egg hunt, games and prizes at Adelaide and Monarto Zoo, 20 March - 1 April
Meadows 4 Day Easter Fair
- Market stall of produce, collectables, native animals, food and beverages, 29 March - 1 April
Hobart Easter March
- Celebrating the message of Easter: love, grace and hope with free BBQ and children's activities, Easter Sunday
Easter Egg Hunt & Family Picnic
- Activities for children and families at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens to raise money for Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation, Good Friday
Forcett Easter Family Fair
- Sausage sizzle, pet parades, competitions and market stalls, Good Friday
Giant Easter Egg Hunt
- Slides, face painting, sausage sizzle, easter egg hunt run by Life Ministry Church, Saturday 30 March
The Melbourne Passion Play
- Free performance on the life and death of Jesus, Good Friday
Bendigo Easter Festival
- Family activities, rides, games, workshops and music, 29 March - 1 April
Ripponlea Easter Fun Day
- Picnic, family activities, easter egg hunt, games and prizes, Easter Sunday
- Activities and events staged by local service groups, schools and community organisations, 29 March - 1 April
- Celebrating "Jesus: The Centre of it All", Easter Sunday
Rockingham Easter Festival
- Carnival rides, entertainment, games, market and community stalls, 29 - 31 March
Make a Stand' against abortion in Tasmania
· March 15, 2013 11:00 AM
The Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne has released a draft bill to move abortion out of the Criminal Code, making it equivalent to any other surgical procedure.
The proposed Reproductive Health Bill seeks to follow Victoria's 2008 lead in decriminalising abortion for any reason up until 24 weeks.
The legislation would also effectively criminalise pro-life counselling by imposing significant penalties for doctors and counsellors who are unwilling to refer women to pro-abortion service providers, as well as penalising any kind of protest within 150 metres of an abortion clinic.
Decriminalising abortion could, as has been the case in Victoria, lead to more abortions and in particular more late term abortions.
A recent Galaxy poll of 300 respondents (aged 16-49), commissioned by
, found that Tasmanians are opposed (73%) to late-term abortions (after 20 weeks), when the child has mild disabilities (59%), for the purposes of sex selection (92%), when continuing a pregnancy would cause financial hardship (66%), affect the mother's career (79%), or when parents feel they have enough children (63%)
We encourage you to get on board with ACL's 'Make a Stand' campaign against abortion in Tasmania by
writing a submission
Submissions can be sent via email to email@example.com.
Alternatively, mail your submission to:
Population Health Equity
GPO Box 125, Hobart TAS 7001
Submissions are due by
5pm Friday 5 April 2013 (an extension on previous submission date of 22/3/13).
ACL's 'Make a Stand' campaign page
for more information on what you can say in your submission, and for more resources.
Tasmanians opposed to abortion
, March 15, 2013, Media Release,
Premier Napthine installed in Victoria
· March 07, 2013 11:00 AM
After a dramatic day in Victorian politics, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine was installed as Premier last night at Government House.
The new Premier now leads the Victorian Government with a majority of 44 to 43, relying on the vote of the now Independent MP Geoff Shaw to pass legislation, including supply.
The Australian Christian Lobby maintains strong bi-partisan relationships with politicians in Victoria and will continue to engage with Members of Parliament to advance issues for the Christian constituency in this new landscape.
The Victorian Director, Dan Flynn, has today written to former Premier Ted Baillieu acknowledging his substantial contribution to Victoria as Premier. ACL enjoyed a good relationship with
Ted Baillieu who addressed the Make
Forum ahead of the 2010 Election
Similarly, we look forward to working with Premier Napthine on issues important to the Christian constituency.
The issue of moderating the provisions of the
Abortion Law Reform Act 2008
to reduce the number of abortions in Victoria, and better reflect public consensus, continues to be a concern for Victorian Christians.
Relevant to this issue, Premier Napthine, in September 2008 ,voted for amendments to the
Abortion Law Reform Bill
including a ban on partial birth abortion, offering women independent counselling and notifying a parent of a child seeking an abortion.
In the course of debating the Bill, he said that it was “repugnant that a doctor who has a conscientious objection to abortion - and many doctors and health professionals do - will be forced by this legislation to refer a woman to a practitioner who they know will perform an abortion” (
Vic Hansard 9 September 2008, pg.3354
There are many issues the New Premier will need to address. In the midst of important economic and service provision issues, including education, health and transport the Premier should take a lead in moderating the provisions of Victoria’s
Abortion Law Act
, to protect Victoria’s women and unborn children.
Make a Stand' against euthanasia in Tasmania
· February 19, 2013 11:00 AM
For many years, parliaments across Australia have repeatedly rejected legalised voluntary euthanasia. South Australia in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Victoria in 2008, Western Australian 2010.
Despite this, Premier Lara Giddings and Greens MP Nick McKim are behind a new move to introduce euthanasia into the Tasmanian parliament. A discussion paper suggesting an assisted dying model of euthanasia was released on the 3rd February for public comment.
The last time euthanasia was debated in the Tasmanian parliament was in 2009 when Nick McKim's Dying with Dignity Bill was resoundingly rejected 15 votes to 7.
If you are a Tasmanian resident, we encourage you to make a submission to ACL's 'Make a Stand' campaign against the government introducing laws for euthanasia.
You can make a direct submission to Premier Lara Giddings.
Responses should be sent to: GPO Box 123, Hobart, Tasmania 7001 OR
Alternatively, you can send an email with your thoughts to your local parliamentary representative. To find out how and for more resources, visit
ACL's 'Make A Stand' campaign page.
A short euthanasia brief by the ACL is also available
or click on the picture above.
Vic Director Letter to Supporters - February 2013
· February 11, 2013 11:00 AM
The Victorian Director Dan Flynn’s letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
We have launched what will be a busy and energetic year for ACL in Victoria.
Orthodox priests in the Antioch and Syrian tradition have engaged me in discussions about the deteriorating situation for Christians in Syria. Meetings currently underway will shortly culminate in Jim Wallace, ACL’s Managing Director, leading a high level delegation to the relevant Federal Minister, seeking practical support for persecuted Christians.
to continue reading.
MR: ACL calls for implementation of Swedish prostitution laws in response to samurai sword slashing of a prostitute
· December 19, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Today’s County Court hearing in Melbourne into the circumstances of a man slashing an escort worker with a samurai sword at his Elwood home, highlights the need for the Victorian Government to urgently follow the lead of other overseas jurisdictions and implement the Swedish policy of criminalising the purchase of sex.
ACL’s Victorian director Dan Flynn said urgent prostitution law reform was needed to stop women being exposed to harm and injury like this again.
“ACL calls on the Victorian Government to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into the successful Swedish approach which has now been adopted in Iceland, Israel, Norway and South Korea,” he said.
“Unless law reform is undertaken, escort services will continue to result in women being placed in extremely vulnerable situations. It is hoped that the death of an escort worker is not required before legislative reform is commenced.
“The Swedish approach has been found to substantially reduce demand and offers pathways out of prostitution for women caught in the trade,” he said.
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