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Will we apologise to children removed from surrogate mothers?
· March 27, 2013 11:00 AM
Columnist for The Australian newspaper Angela Shanahan, has written about the Prime Minister's apology last week to victims of forced adoption.
explores the hypocrisy between the formal apology and same-sex and single surrogacy.
Below is an excerpt of the piece:
Many of us were appalled by the sheer hypocrisy generated by that irksome modern phenomenon, the institutional apology. Generally, I don't believe in mass apologies; they have taken the place of personal moral culpability and cheapened contrition, even when an institutional policy needs to be abrogated.
Instead today's mass apologies use the sheer intimidatory power of political correctness as a way of forcing a single view. And that politically correct view allows no nuance. Witness what happened to Tony Abbott because the nuances of his speech were not "right".
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
ACL staff to speak at Easterfest
· March 12, 2013 11:00 AM
ACL's Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton and Communications Director Katherine Spackman will be speaking at this year's Easterfest.
Easterfest is Australia's largest festival about Easter…not just
Easter. Celebrating its message draws thousands of people from across the country to make the pilgrimage up the mountain to Toowoomba.
The ACL staff will participate in 'The Forum' presented by Bible Society, facilitating group discussions on challenging issues of life and faith.
On the Friday, Lyle will be facilitating two group discussions:
Are We There Yet?…response to world poverty
Addicted to Technology? The pleasures and pitfalls of living in the digital age.
In the evening, Katherine will be a panel guest in a discussion on
The Sexual Individualism of the iWorld.
Lyle will also be a key panel guest on Saturday on
Being a Voice in the Political Arena
Christians in Politics - A history of advocacy of those in need.
He will also be a key panel guest on Sunday on
Responding to the crisis in child well being in Australia,
and will facilitate a discussion on
One Heart…Church Unity.
On Sunday evening, Katherine will be the primary speaker on
, facilitated by David Wilson and including guests Destiny Rescue.
If you're able, we encourage you to come along and participate in this event as we celebrate the true meaning of Easter.
Details are as follows:
Queen's Park, Toowoomba
for a detailed breakdown of prices
to register your attendance.
MR: WA Opposition Leader commits to make outdoor advertising G Rated
· February 26, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, 27th February 2013
WA Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has told an 800 strong forum of Christian voters that if elected premier he will make outdoor advertising G Rated as a child protection measure.
ACL State Director Rhys Vallance, who organised last night’s Make it Count leaders’ forum with Premier Colin Barnett and Mr McGowan, welcomed the policy commitment.
“It was great to see both leaders acknowledge the problem of inappropriate outdoor advertising and to hear Mr McGowan’s specific commitment,” Mr Vallance said.
Christian leaders from a range of denominations put questions to the leaders.
Mr Barnett reiterated his opposition to euthanasia saying he did not support “a legal structure for ending a life”.
Both leaders expressed their support for the continuation of school chaplaincy.
Both pledged to do more on indigenous disadvantage with the Premier saying this was “Australia’s greatest social problem”.
On the tragic issue of 14 babies between 1999 and 2010 reportedly being born alive and then left to die, both leaders said they were not aware of this.
Mr Vallance said this was the second time ACL had conducted a Make it Count leaders forum, following a similarly successful event at the 2008 election also attended by more than 800 people.
“By turning out again in such numbers the Christian constituency is demonstrating that it is active and engaged, keen to ensure they are well informed when it comes time to vote.”
Trade of Innocents: New film to be released on human trafficking
· February 14, 2013 11:00 AM
Australian cinemas will soon be releasing a new film,
Trade of Innocents
starring Dermot Mulroney and Mira Sorvino
which focuses on the worldwide problem of human trafficking.
Trade of Innocents
tells the compelling story of a couple who set out to rescue young girls sold into South East Asia's sex slave trade, where women and children are purchased for exploitation.
This film will serve as a powerful tool for churches, ministries and organisation around our country to raise awareness of the atrocities happening in the sex industry, human trafficking and slavery of women and young children.
We encourage you to use the film as a call to action and prevention against the injustices happening around the world, and to spread the film's message of abolishing modern-day slavery.
Trade of Innocents
screening and anti-trafficking campaign will commence on 7th April 2013 in cinemas across Australia.
To find out where the film will be screening in your state and to purchase tickets online, please visit the
. Check out the Facebook page
You can also visit the film's
to watch the trailer and for more information.
ACL has a history of advocating for reform in human trafficking and prostitution laws throughout Australia. ACL believes that prostitution should be seen as a form of exploitation and abuse of women, and that there is an undeniable link between legalised prostitution and human trafficking.
In the last eighteen months, ACL has made submissions to the ACT, WA and Tasmanian Governments supporting the Nordic approach to prostitution legislation, which criminalises the purchase of sex. Most recently, ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
to read ACL's submission.
Qld Director Letter to Supporters - February 2013
· February 11, 2013 11:00 AM
The Queensland Director Wendy Francis’ letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
2013 is going to be a big year politically in Queensland. I look ahead with competing emotions. In my immediate family I have some who are suffering physically which brings with it much sadness and a sense of dread. At the same time, I am looking forward to a very productive and blessed year for Queensland. I can only do this because I trust the One who holds the future. I will very much appreciate your prayerful support and, when possible, your practical support.
My aim is to connect with as many of you as possible throughout the year;
as always, I am available to come and share with small groups and churches about the work of the ACL.
to continue reading.
MR: Belgian euthanasia deaths a warning to Tasmanian legislators
· January 15, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
The sad case of the death of the Belgian Verbassem twins should sound warning bells to Tasmanian legislators likely to be debating euthanasia again this year, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
The deaf twins chose to be killed by legal euthanasia after learning that they were going blind, saying they’d have “nothing to live for” should they be kept alive.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said their unfortunate deaths highlight the “slippery slope” experienced by the handful of countries that have legislated state-sanctioned killing.
“Where do you draw the line when what is termed “unbearable pain” is so arbitrary? Taking two years for the twins to find a doctor willing to perform euthanasia points to the fact that there were plenty of medical practitioners uncomfortable with the idea,” Mr Brown said.
Current Belgian law allows euthanasia if a patient is able to make their wishes clear and a doctor deems their condition unbearable. The Belgian government is now looking at amending legislation to also allow euthanasia of children and Alzheimer’s suffers.
“We see the same problem in the Netherlands where in a survey of 800 doctors, 20% agreed they would be willing to euthanize a patient who was “tired of living”.
“We urge the Tasmanian Government to focus its efforts toward improving palliative care not legalising euthanasia, which has been rejected time and again by fully constituted parliaments and parliamentary inquires around Australia,” Mr Brown said.
MR: ACL says reports of support for the R18+ classification for games validates its concerns
· January 02, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today said the comments by Mr Ron Curry, chief executive officer of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA), illustrates just how poor the decision was by the Government to make a change to allow an R18+ classification for computer games in late 2012.
Managing Director of the ACL, Mr Jim Wallace, said that Mr Curry’s statement that the new category “was an acknowledgment that there should be content for the adults who play games” highlights the profit-making motive clouding the issue.
“Mr Curry is the chief executive officer of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association that represents the interests of its member companies in the computer and video games industry. Members include Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, and Warner Brothers who clearly will make significant profits from this new classification category, and it is these profit-making interests that Mr Curry represents,” Mr Wallace said.
“What we now have is the same level of ‘high impact’ violence and sexually explicit material in films transferred to games. The highly repetitive and interactive nature of games means that the effect of this material will be even greater on those who play these games.” Mr Wallace continued, “the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Paediatrics have both warned that violent video games are causally related to later aggressive behavior in children and adolescents.”
“Notwithstanding the R18+ classification, like the MA15+ games it will only be a matter of time before these games also make their way into the hands of children,” Mr Wallace said.
Celebrate marriage: Marriage Week, 8-14 September 2013
· December 12, 2012 11:00 AM
Celebrate marriage by participating in
, running from
8 - 14 September 2013.
Marriage Week is an annual celebration reinforcing and promoting the benefits and importance of marriage. It also aims to increase awareness of the value of pre-marriage and in-marriage education.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently released figures pertaining to marriage and divorce in Australia in 2011, which reinforce the need to strengthen the institution of marriage through pre-marriage and in-marriage education and support.
On MARRIAGE, it was found that:
There were 121,752 marriages registered in Australia, an increase of 0.5% on 2010
The crude marriage rate is unchanged from 2010, remaining at 5.4 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population
For 78.2% of all marriages registered in 2011, couples had lived together prior to marriage
In 71.3% of all marriages bother partners married for the first time
The percentage of marriages undertaken by civil celebrants rose, nearly a full percentage point to 79.1%
Approximately 79% of those getting married were in the age group of 25 to 34
On DIVORCE, it was found that:
Divorce was down 2.6% at 48,935 divorces
23,619 divorces involved children under 18 years of age (43,867 children)
The median duration of marriage to divorce is 12.2 years
To find out more about Marriage Week, and what you can do, visit the
MR: ACL welcomes increased spending on the needy in Tas
· December 11, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has today welcomed an announcement by the Tasmanian government that it will invest more money into child protection, corrections and the National Disability Scheme (NDS).
The news came on the back of the unveiling of a stimulus package designed to create more jobs and boost the economy.
It included plans to increase spending on child protective services by nearly $36 million and $10 million for corrective services over the next four years. It also promised $6 million towards the NDS.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown has commended the government for its commitment to support the vulnerable and needy.
“We applaud the state government in channeling money to some of the community’s most needy - especially children.
“We have been particularly concerned with the past cuts to child protection on top of significant increases in the number of children in out of home care,” he said.
Mr Brown said that although it is a tough financial environment we must continue to ensure the most vulnerable in our community are prioritised.
“There are many sectors working with the most vulnerable who could do with extra help but this is a step in the right direction,” he said.
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