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‘2010 Make it Count’ – Prime Minister and Opposition Leader respond to Christian concerns
· June 22, 2010 10:00 AM
June 22, 2010
A gathering of many of Australia’s most senior denominational and church leaders – rarely paralleled in the nation’s history – last night heard both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader speak of the valuable contribution the Christian faith has made to the nation and also respond to Christian concerns on issues ranging from indigenous welfare, refugees and climate change to marriage, chaplaincy and the sexualisation of children.
The ‘2010 Make it Count’ event, hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), was web-cast live last night to tens of thousands of Christians meeting in hundreds of churches across Australia.
It saw both Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott speak of their commitment to improving the lot of indigenous people and acknowledging Australia’s responsibility to provide protection for genuine refugees while defending their differing border protection policies.
Both leaders also reinforced their support for continuing the convention of Parliament being opened each day with the Lord’s Prayer, and to maintaining the status of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Mr Wallace welcomed the willingness of Australia’s two major political leaders to engage with the Christian constituency and the reassurances they had given on the issue of whether their commitments to Christians might be traded away in a new Parliament if neither major party holds the balance of power in the Senate.
“This is an important issue in helping Christians determine the degree of confidence they can put in party commitments as we look towards a new Parliament where many commentators are tipping that neither Labor nor the Liberals will hold the balance of power in the Senate,” Mr Wallace said. “While neither Mr Rudd nor Mr Abbott could be completely categorical on this issue, Mr Rudd said his party wouldn’t be compromising its fundamental values and Mr Abbott said that there was nothing which he spoke of last night which he believed could be traded away to do a deal in the Senate.”
Mr Wallace also welcomed as a breakthrough Mr Abbott’s acknowledgement that the current media classification system is “broken” in terms of its role in the premature sexualisation of children and the need for another review of the system “tasked with a way to ensure proper community standards apply to all media”. He also welcomed both Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott’s support for the role of school chaplains and Mr Abbott’s commitment to funding until 2013 at least.
Mr Wallace said the ACL appreciated the strong support shown for the Make it Count event by a wide range of denominations and churches located across the breadth of Australia. “This was a landmark event for the Christian constituency and its success is a testament to the commitment of Christians across Australia to work towards a more moral, compassionate and caring society.”
ACL joins legal action against film containing 'simulated paedophilia'
· June 20, 2010 10:00 AM
ACL has joined fellow pro-family group Family Voice Australia, and Liberal senators Julian McGauran and Guy Barnett, in a Federal Court appeal against the release of the disturbing 1975 film
. The film had previously been refused classification on six separate occasions, the most recent in 2008.
, which depicts the kidnap, torture and sexual abuse of minors by a group of four Fascists in Mussolini's Italy, was recently approved for DVD sale in Australia accompanied by two hours of additional material, which is meant to place the film within its broader historical and cinematic ‘context’.
In recent Senate Estimates hearings, chairman of the Classification Board Donald McDonald admitted that the Board had no evidence people would actually watch the contextual material, which formed the basis of the decision to approve the DVD’s release.
Mr McDonald also confessed that, “Simulated paedophilia could be acceptable in the context of a particular film”. He further admitted the film contained “depictions of paedophilia”, contradicting his classifiers, who had argued otherwise. Clearly the Classification Board have erred in allowing the sale of
– if paedophilia doesn’t overstep the boundaries, do any boundaries actually exist? ACL has called for an overhaul of classification laws to restore the public's trust in the system.
Senator McGauran and
issued separate media releases. For media coverage of the Federal Court appeal, please click
Greens’ philosophy questioned
· June 20, 2010 10:00 AM
Australian Greens' leader Bob Brown is philosophically a long way from Nick Clegg in British politics, according to an
opinion piece by Angela Shanahan
The party is underpinned by a “green ethic” which “directly contradicts the old Christian, biblically based ethic of man at the centre of creation” , Shanahan writes.
A longer article on the policies and intentions of the Greens, also by Shanahan, as well as an article on the same topic by Greens Leader Bob Brown, appears in the latest edition of ACL’s public policy magazine
– please go to
to find out more and subscribe.
While Shanahan’s opinion piece in
made some important observations about the Greens and the Christian vote, ACL was concerned about a statement made in the article which, perhaps inadvertently, challenged our non-partisan position.
from ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace responding. Below is the full text of his letter:
Angela Shanahan ("Christians must boost immunity to Greens virus", Inquirer, 12-13/6) is correct to point out the anti-Christian, even anti-faith agenda of the Greens.
Nowhere was this better illustrated than the Greens almost pathological attack on freedom of religion in Victoria, when they attempted through the government there to have the right of churches and faith organisations to employ people with beliefs compatible with theirs removed.
However, she is wrong to suggest that I'm an "unabashed Rudd supporter". I admire both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott for their willingness to reflect their faith in politics, but like the Australian Christian Lobby, I'm not partisan with regard to the two major parties. I'm just critical of them when necessary and of minor parties that try to present themselves as something they are not, which the Greens are doing in suggesting they are an alternative to Labor and Liberal, when in reality they represent the far Left of politics.
Countdown to ‘2010 Make it Count’
· June 20, 2010 10:00 AM
With just four days until ‘2010 Make it Count’ momentum is building – with churches continuing to register and the mainstream media starting to take notice.
Writing in today’s
, emeritus professor John Warhurst says denominations and churches getting together is a vital factor in the Christian constiuency's influence of government.
“This is just the first step in building a platform for later election campaigning at the national and electorate level for ACL and the churches,” Mr Warhurst writes. Please click
to read the full article.
Churches across the nation taking part are from a wide cross-section of denominations, with venues ranging from Mount Isa Baptist Church in Queensland, Nhulunbuy Uniting Church in the Northern Territory and Hillsong Church in Sydney.
If your church hasn’t yet registered to receive the webcast yet please encourage them to do so as soon as possible. Please go to
for full details.
We also encourage all churches taking part in the event to email their congregations and urge them to come along to your local event!
If you church isn’t able to participate in the webcast, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Go to
to find a list of broadcast locations - there's sure to be one near you.
Canadian journalist confronts Australia’s ‘happy hooker’ myth
· June 18, 2010 10:00 AM
Canadian television journalist Victor Malarek has asked the questions about Australia’s sex trade our own journalists and politicians have failed to ask.
Speaking at a forum in Parliament House in Canberra this week, Malarek ridiculed the idea of legalising brothels saying prostitution is the most dangerous ‘profession’ on the planet.
Politicians who had bought the ‘happy hooker’ lie that it could be safe and dignified were misguided, he said, in a message that he has also taken to forums and meetings with MPs in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia over the past week.
“We seem to think in our minds that men have the right to a young woman's body because they have money in their pocket.”
“What 18 year old dreams of giving up part of their income to their loving pimp?” he asks rhetorically.
Malarek admits to being swayed by the legalisation arguments when he first started investigating the global sex trade but the more he dug, the more he realised this was folly.
If prostitution was safe, why then do sex trade lobby groups like Australia’s Scarlet Alliance recommend a panic button for prostitutes, he asks.
The multi-award winning senior reporter for Canada’s influential CTV W-FIVE program has done what most Australian journalists and politicians have failed to do and that is question the claims of the legal brothel lobby.
His latest book, The Johns – Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy it, contains a chapter on the legalisation of brothels in which Australia’s failed experiments in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria feature heavily.
Entitled A Gift to the Johns, this chapter is scathing about the Scarlet Alliance which was influential in convincing Australian politicians to accept the legalisation of brothels.
Malarek says Sweden has the best prostitution laws where the law comes down hard on men who purchase sex, rather than on prostituted women.
Swedish police, he said, had eaves dropped on traffickers in young women and had heard them saying it was no longer any use trying to do business in Sweden.
Malarek was also scathing on the pornography industry describing porn as “an inducer sending men in to the night”.
On this Sunday night’s
Open House program
(from 8 pm on most major Christian radio stations), investigative journalist Malarek lifts the lid on the $20-billion-a-year sex trade, and proposes a radical way of bringing change (interview time around 9.20 pm Eastern Standard Time).
ACL's Glynis Quinlin interviews Victor Malarek
Questioning the Charter of Rights
· June 14, 2010 10:00 AM
Why Christians should question the 'Australian Bill of Rights'... with our ACL Director, Jim Wallace
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