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Third National Conference on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees - Melbourne
· October 04, 2012 10:00 AM
The Third National Conference on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees is designed to shed light on the forces driving asylum seekers from their homes, their journey to Australia, and their reception once they arrive. The Conference is open to the general public and all people interested in issues pertaining to asylum seekers and Australia are encouraged to attend.
Details of the conference are below:
6-7 December 2012
St Patrick's Campus, ACU Melbourne
for information regarding costs
For more information about the conference, including list of speakers, please visit the
MR: Injecting illicit drugs is never safe
· October 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Victorian Government's rejection of calls for a drug injecting trial in Melbourne.
ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said injecting illicit drugs is never safe and that Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge was right to stick to the Government’s election promise to oppose such a trial.
Mr Flynn said that
by Drug Free Australia into the Sydney supervised injecting facility found that for every user injecting in the “safe” rooms they inject elsewhere a further 34 times.
“Given that every injection is dangerous the proposed facility would not offer any effective protection.”
“Reduction in drug trafficking and drug related crime will only be achieved by rehabilitating addicts towards drug free status, not maintaining them in their addiction,” Mr Flynn said.
“The Sydney facility is estimated to cost in excess of $2.5m a year to run. That money would be more appropriately spent on programs to get addicts off drugs, including funding drug rehabilitation beds.”
A report by Dr Andrew Byrne in 2006 (cited in the Drug Free Australia report, p. 2) into the Sydney facility reveals that drugs regularly injected included heroin, ‘ice’ and cocaine.
Mr Flynn said that there was little evidence from assessments of the Sydney facility that drug users had been effectively referred to programs that helped them end their addiction.
“The message that injecting rooms send is that injecting is ok and can be safe. This is not a message we should be sending out to Victoria’s young people,” he said.
Drug Free Australia’s
of the Final Report of the Evaluation of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) reveals that the “overdose rate in the injecting room was 36 times higher than on the streets of Kings Cross."
Australia is obliged by International treaties to reduce demand for illicit drugs.
The United Nations International Narcotic Control Board, in a 2001
“. . . the operation of such facilities, where addicts inject themselves with illicit substances, condones Illicit drug use and drug trafficking and runs counter to the provisions of the international drug treaties.” (Para. 559)
Apart from the one facility in Sydney, no other Australian State or Territory has supported injecting rooms.
“The AMA should not be supporting such initiatives but instead investigating ways to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts,” Mr Flynn said.
“The Victorian Government should investigate the successful Swedish approach to illicit drugs. Key elements of the Swedish model are mandatory drug rehabilitation for those found addicted to drugs and strong policing of street selling.”
Jim Wallace on The Political Spot
· October 02, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace recently spoke at
in Richmond, Victoria, delivering a message called Defining Marriage in which he spoke about the importance of biblical marriage for Christians. He spoke to Daniel Simon about that message, which can be downloaded in full through iTunes from the Bridge Church website
Don't forget 'March for the Babies', Saturday 13 October in Melbourne
· October 01, 2012 10:00 AM
On 10 October 2008, the Victorian Parliament passed the
Abortion Law Reform Act,
one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world. This law eliminated all legal protection for Victorian children until the moment of birth.
The March for the Babies Committee was established with the assistance of representatives from leading pro-life groups throughout Victoria and on 10 October 2009 organised the first march to commemorate the passing of the
Abortion Law Reform Act 2008
one year earlier. In remembrance of this shameful day, we gather to March for the Babies who never see the light of day in Victoria.
The march occurs each October on or around the 10th, calling for the repeal of the law which allows babies to be killed right up until the moment of birth and is the most extreme in the Western world.
Together we express our profound disapproval at our Government's failure to:
Protect the fundamental right of life of every person in our State.
Offer real help to women in crisis pregnancies and other who have suffered through abortion.
Allow freedom of conscience for our health care professionals.
Our goal is to overturn this terrible law and provide full legal protection to our most vulnerable Victorians.
Please join us as we march in this peaceful witness to life from Treasury Gardens to Parliament House and hear inspirational speakers and music with a message of courage and hope.
**Please note: above content written by March for the Babies Committee**
Details of this year's march:
Saturday 13th October 2012
Treasury Gardens (starting at the south-west corner — Spring Street and Wellington Parade), Melbourne
For more information, please visit the
March for the Babies website
You're invited to attend the March for the Babies' Inaugural Oration Dinner in Victoria
· September 26, 2012 10:00 AM
The 'March for the Babies' Committee invites you to attend its inaugural oration dinner being held next month, with keynote speaker Lord Nicholas Windsor, a relative of Queen Elizabeth II. 'March for the Babies' was established to affirm the right to life of every unborn child, assist women in crisis pregnancies and allow freedom of conscience for healthcare workers opposed to abortion.
We encourage you to attend the dinner if you are in Victoria. Tickets are still available by contacting March for the Babies.
Details are outlined below.
Friday 12th October 2012
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Grand Ballroom
25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC
For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the 'March for the Babies'
to download a PDF version of the dinner invitation.
Jim Wallace & Dan Flynn attend opening of new Coptic church in Victoria
· September 19, 2012 10:00 AM
On Saturday 15 September, ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace and ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn were among the guests of His Grace Bishop Suriel at the grand opening of the Saint Mina & Saint Marina's Coptic Church in Hallam, Victoria. Guests included numerous Federal and State MP's and Councillors from the City of Casey.
In March 1993, the late Coptic Pope visited the site in Hallam to lay the foundation stone and famously declared that "just as our Lord Jesus Christ was born in a manger, so too we will build the church in this cattle shed".
The unrelenting efforts of the congregation has resulted in the completion of a $6 million three story church which is a prominent landmark in the City of Casey. The new church is the home parish to approximately 600 families. Many of these families have recently arrived in Melbourne after fleeing persecution in Egypt.
Father Abanoub Attalla, the Parish Priest of St Mina & St Marina, was warmly acknowledged for his pastoral leadership of the families and youth of the Coptic community in Hallam and integration of Egyptian refugees. Presenting the inaugural "Key of the City of Casey" to Bishop Suriel, the Mayor of Casey, Cr Sam Aziz praised him for his strength of leadership and example saying he had showed courage in standing “ against those whose superficial quest for so called political correctness constantly outweighs their moral integrity".
In keeping with these convictions, Bishop Suriel has been a prominent supporter of traditional marriage and recently signed a statement delivered to the Federal Parliament, together with 19 of Australia's denominational leaders and 267 other church leaders, urging the Parliament to protect the Marriage Act. The statement says:
"Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children."
Vic Director Letter to Supporters - September 2012
· September 14, 2012 10:00 AM
The Victorian Director Dan Flynn’s letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
In recent weeks, Vic ACL has facilitated meetings involving four Victorian Federal Ministers and eighteen ministers to discuss Bills before Parliament attempting to redefine marriage.
to read the rest of Dan’s letter.
Debbie Garratt on The Political Spot
· September 04, 2012 10:00 AM
Debbie Garratt is the Executive Director of Real Choices Australia. She spoke with the ACL's Daniel Simon about late-term abortion figures in Victoria, and about the abortion drug RU486, explaining the serious impacts these procedures can have on women.
ACL's submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry on sexting
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
On 27 August 2012, Victorian Director Dan Flynn presented the submission of the Australian Christian Lobby to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into sexting. Click
to read the submission.
Sexting refers to the increasing practice among young people of taking indecent pictures of themselves and transmitting them to another on smartphones and computers. Significant harm may follow,including harrassment and bullying-particularly when images are forwarded to others.
ACL pointed out that once the image is taken and forwarded the creator has no control over the use that the image will be put to. The dangers of sexting include permanent damage to the subject's digital footprint. Incidents of harassment related suicides resulting from sexting were referred to and recommended that priority should be given to education programs in schools that alert students to the harmful effects.
ACL supports legislative amendment that would currently see young people naively sexting facing charges of creating child pornograhy with potential terms of imprisonment and registration on the Sex Offenders Register for 8+ years, charged with a more suitable offence, in appropriate cases.
However ACL does not support the decriminalising of sexting. Mr Flynn said that decriminalisation would send a message that it is now "ok " to sext and would result in an increase in this dangerous practice.
ACL also submitted that any new legislation must ensure that genuinely predatory adults are placed on a Sex Offender Register when guilty of producing or transmitting child pornography.
The submission called on the Victorian Government to request the Federal Government to implement its promised mandatory Internet filter of "Refused Classification" material-a practical measure to reduce the "sexualisation of culture" and protect children.
The Victorian Law Reform Committee will report to the Parliament later this year.
to read the transcript.
Victorian late term abortion figures
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Thursday, 30 August, 2012
The 2009 Annual Report of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity was released last month and details the growing numbers of late term abortions being undertaken in Victoria.
From a total of 410 post 20 week abortions, 210 were performed on physically healthy babies, with 10 of these undertaken after 28 weeks, a time when these babies could have been safely delivered alive and the psychosocial concerns of their mothers addressed.
Over a ten year period from 1999 – 2009 late term abortions in Victoria grew from 66 to 410, with more than half of these being undertaken for psychosocial reasons in every year since 2004 (2007 being an exception). The 2009 figures show an even more disturbing increase, that is the number of very late term abortions on healthy, viable babies for maternal psychosocial reasons.
Most of the general public continue to believe that late term abortions are only undertaken when women are seriously ill and their lives are threatened, or when their babies have no hope of survival and will die a more horrific death if allowed to come to term. Neither of these is true.
Most remain ignorant of the reality that women continue to be offered surgical solutions to their economic, social, relational, and mental health problems rather than positive solutions to address their circumstances, even when they are at a stage of pregnancy when their babies could be safely delivered alive.
The international research clearly demonstrates that up to 30% of women suffer serious and prolonged mental health problems after abortion with women having later term abortions being at higher risk than those having abortions at early gestations.
Research further indicates that the majority of women undergoing abortion do so feeling as if they have no other choice, forced to choose between their unborn and their jobs, or their education, or their partners or family support. This is not choice for women. This is coercion wrapped up in a tidy ‘safe and common surgical’ package that denies women the right to genuine and supported options.
Real Choices Australia rejects the idea that abortion is ever in a woman’s best interests or that surgical or medical solutions to women’s social, economic, or relational problems in the absence of genuine, supported alternatives can ever be considered a free choice.
MEDIA RELEASE, REAL CHOICES AUSTRALIA, WRITTEN BY DEBBIE GARRATT
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