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ACL commends MPs who supported orphans’ rights
· September 09, 2010 10:00 AM
For release: September 9, 2010
The Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby strongly commended the minority of NSW Parliamentarians who supported the rights of orphans and children given up for adoption to a mother and father.
“Throughout history it seems propaganda has intermittently triumphed over what is right or logical”, said Jim Wallace.
“Today is such a moment, all the sadder for the issue at stake – the best interests of the most vulnerable orphaned or relinquished children.”
“This debate has been waged by the gay and lesbian activists with smart marketing strategy, the usual deception and complete disregard for anyone else’s rights” said Mr Wallace.
“The real issue here has never been, as claimed, about children in same sex families, but the right of wards of the state to expect Government to uphold the until now timeless principle, that adoption is about children, not adults. About finding mothers and fathers for children tragically denied them – not children for adults, heterosexual or homosexual.”
“The media must also accept a large part of the responsibility for this outcome. It has been totally uncritical of the gay agenda, and by that failed to expose the real issue at stake – one that would definitely not have public support outside inner city cafes,” said Jim Wallace.
“Adoption is about children.”
Mr Wallace hoped the MPs who only narrowly missed defeating this in the Lower House because of two absences, would maintain their resolve to see that the next debate on the obvious need to regulate surrogacy, would not be used to camouflage this aggressive gay agenda yet again.
“In QLD we now have surrogacy available to even a single man,” said Mr Wallace. “Clearly this should not happen; children are not pets to be had at a whim.”
“I sincerely hope that those who have shown the moral fibre so otherwise increasingly missing in the NSW Parliament at large, will continue to uphold the real best interests of the child, without being duped by this aggressive and selfish gay rights agenda.”
“It was hard to imagine the NSW Parliament sinking even lower in the average person’s esteem, demonstrating even more lack of moral authority, but this has surely done it,” he said.
Conclusion of NSW same sex adoption debate imminent
· September 09, 2010 10:00 AM
The battle to secure the rights of adopted children in New South Wales to have the opportunity to be raised by both a mother and a father has taken another backwards step, with the NSW Upper House voting in favour of gay adoption.
Clover Moore’s same sex adoption bill breezed through the state’s upper house last night with a comfortable 22 to 15 vote margin. The bill will now go back before the lower house to secure support for minor amendments secured in the other chamber.
media report today
claims that, “Members of the [Legislative] council complained of receiving hundreds of emails opposing the legislation”. Perhaps such legislators would have less to complain about if their votes reflected the overwhelming public opposition to the bill.
One politician who was swayed by public opinion was lower house member for Tamworth Peter Draper, who voted against the bill despite expressing some sympathy towards same sex parenting during his speech in the parliament. He said:
“From my reading of the legislation the bill does not seem to contain the overtly sinister intentions that some believe it contains. Nevertheless, after taking into account the overwhelming views expressed to me from local constituents, I cannot support the legislation. I will oppose the bill.”
These comments show how important it is to speak out against harmful legislation. ACL thanks supporters for their tremendous support of our Kids’ Right Count campaign, which has
generated more than 40,000 emails
to NSW state politicians, and even caused our email website to crash.
Earlier in the week
ACL issued a media release
with attached letter calling on MLCs to reject the same sex adoption bill because it was not in the best interests of children. It would appear that the campaign, whilst hugely beneficial, has not caused this terrible legislation to be blocked.
NSW parliamentarians urged to reject gay adoption bill
· August 30, 2010 10:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today urged NSW parliamentarians to reject a same-sex adoption bill set to be debated as early as tomorrow, saying that it goes against the best interests of the children who as a consequence will miss out on the love and role models of both a mother and a father.
ACL NSW Director David Hutt said it is astounding that with only nine sitting weeks before the March 2011 election and a myriad of problems to deal with, the NSW Parliament is focussing its attention on fulfilling the gay lobby’s demands even though they go against the rights of children.
“NSW is facing crises in the areas of road, rail, infrastructure, energy security and much more. We are not facing a gay adoption crisis. This bill is an indulgence on the Parliament’s time,” Mr Hutt said.
“Heterosexual couples who can provide a more complete family environment are already spending years on NSW waiting lists in the hope of adopting a child, with many missing out. Now, it appears that politicians are to consider a bill which would see children who are being adopted out – and may already be in difficult emotional circumstances – losing the benefit of having both a mum and a dad.
“It defies belief that, behind the smokescreen of the federal election campaign, we are seeing this kind of social engineering legislation pushed to the fore despite the very real concerns about what it will mean for children in the future.”
Most worrying is the deceptive line being run that this is really about addressing some entrenched inequality for children already with homosexual parents.
Mr Hutt said that a raft of changes to Federal and State laws in recent years have dealt with discrimination affecting children in same-sex families and this issue should not be considered a reason to introduce gay adoption.
“The bill put forward by Independent Member Clover Moore – and which the NSW Government is allowing to be debated – clearly allows for ‘stranger’ adoption, which could see babies and young children adopted out to two mums or two dads with whom they have no previous connection,” Mr Hutt said.
“The NSW Adoption Act 2000 itself says that no adult has the ‘right’ to adopt a child and that the best interests of the child must be paramount. This is not a gay rights issue. It is, as adoption always is, about the rights of the child.”
“We strongly urge all NSW parliamentarians to consider what is at stake and reject the same-sex adoption bill.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979
ACL launches ""Kids' Rights Count"" campaign in NSW
· August 17, 2010 10:00 AM
ACL is calling on supporters in New South Wales to make a stand for kids’ rights, today launching the "Kids' Rights Count" campaign at
In just a few weeks, the NSW Parliament will hold a conscience vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to adopt a child. This would deny kids the right to both a mother and a father’s love.
Many children who have been adopted already feel different from other kids. Denying them the right to at least be placed in an adoptive home with both a mother and a father will not make things any easier for them.
Kids' Rights Count campaign site
you can find more information about the Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2010 and take action to protect children’s rights.
We have a responsibility to speak up for those who don’t have a voice. Please visit
to email your Member of Parliament. Please also consider calling your MP or asking to meet him or her to discuss your opposition to the proposed law.
Thank you for your support.
Gay activists must prove disadvantage before denying kids a mum and a dad
· June 25, 2010 10:00 AM
For release: June 25, 2010
The gay and lesbian rights lobby must prove that children already living in same-sex families are disadvantaged before
denying a child the human right to both a mother and father
is entrenched in NSW adoption law, the Australian Christian Lobby said today.
ACL’s NSW Director David Hutt said children born to a parent who was now in a same sex relationship should have any real or perceived disadvantage remedied without the need to change adoption laws.
“ACL does not wish to see any child disadvantaged. A raft of changes to Federal and State laws in recent years had dealt with discrimination affecting children in same sex families and if there were any remaining areas these should be looked at separately from adoption laws.
“However, it is important that where the State must intervene on behalf of babies and children that it ensures the human right to at least begin life with both a mother and a father is not expunged from our legal system and our culture,” Mr Hutt said.
“The rights of a child must always come before the lifestyle choices of adults,” Mr Hutt said.
“Despite all of the law reform of the past couple of years to assist same sex couples and their children from previous heterosexual relationships, it seems the selfish political agenda of the gay and lesbian rights lobby will not be satisfied until two men or two women are allowed to acquire babies or young children by adoption,” Mr Hutt said.
Mr Hutt said many people in NSW would be disappointed by Premier Kristina Keneally’s support for the bill.
“NSW politicians must show courage on behalf of our most vulnerable and ensure that every child in which the State has an interest has the human right to a mother and a father.”
Yesterday the independent member for Sydney, Clover Moore
introduced a bill
to legalise gay adoption. NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has granted Government MPs a conscience vote on the issue and has indicated her personal support for the bill. Opposition MPs have also been granted a conscience vote on the bill.
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979
ACL submission to SCAG investigation of surrogacy
· April 15, 2009 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, Australian Health Ministers’ Conference, and Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Conference Joint Working Group investigation: ‘A Proposal for a National Model to Harmonise Regulation of Surrogacy’.
ACL submission on surrogacy in NSW
· September 26, 2008 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the New South Wales Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law & Justice Inquiry into legislation on altruistic surrogacy in NSW.
ACL submission on WA surrogacy
· January 17, 2008 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the West Australian Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Surrogacy Bill 2007.
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