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MR: ACL applauds UK action on internet filters
· November 18, 2013 11:00 AM
18th November 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has applauded British Internet Service Providers' action on filtering pornography – with 20 million families having to make a decision by the end of 2014 whether they will have a filter or not.
ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said
The Daily Mail
is reporting TalkTalk and Sky are now telling all customers they have an unavoidable choice on whether they want access to online pornography.
It’s understood ISPs BT and Virgin are set to introduce a similar family-friendly filter within the next two months.
“It’s heartening to see such positive action to protect children from harmful images on the internet so soon after British Prime Minister David Cameron rightly elevated the issue in July,” he said.
“ACL urges the Abbott Government to take a closer look at the initiative in the UK to safeguard children from inappropriate material on the internet,” he said.
Mr Shelton urged the Coalition to re-evaluate its position against internet filtering.
“In the Coalition’s response to ACL’s election questionnaire it said it would focus on supporting teachers and parents in their work to protect children online. While this is welcome, unfortunately the issue is too big a problem for just parents and teachers to deal with and requires government intervention,” he said.
Mr Shelton also welcomed news that google, bing and yahoo have agreed to introduce changes to prevent depraved images and videos from appearing in search results.
MR: Lack of consultation with churches means ACT same-sex marriage bill should be delayed
· September 17, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Tuesday 17th September 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the ACT Government to delay its same-sex marriage bill until consultation with churches occurs.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said church leaders he had spoken to had not been consulted by the Government.
“Redefining marriage and enforcing this new definition of marriage by law has significant consequences for freedom of speech and freedom of belief,” Mr Shelton said.
“Many people, not just Christians, watched with great concern Kevin Rudd’s treatment of Brisbane pastor Matt Prater on ABC1’s Q&A.
“There will always be people in our society who for reasons of conscience will always believe that the truth about marriage is that it is between a man and a woman.
“They will want to be free to speak about this and teach it to their children,” Mr Shelton said.
“This bill needs to be delayed until there can be a proper discussion about how this change to the definition of marriage will affect the civil liberties of those who cannot agree with the redefinition of marriage.”
Mr Shelton noted that local same-sex marriage advocates did not agree with churches being exempt from performing same-sex weddings.
Ivette Madrid of Equal Love Canberra told ABC radio on July 29 that her organisation disagreed with protections for religious freedom.
“The churches will be discriminating on the basis of gender and so I don’t think that should be allowed at all. We have human rights legislation and so they are willing to bypass that,” she said.
In the UK, a wealthy same-sex couple is planning to sue the Church of England for not providing them a church wedding. This was despite UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s guarantee of protection for churches.
“It is naïve to think that any exemption the ACT Government might provide churches will not be challenged in the future,” Mr Shelton said.
“No government should create a vulnerability to religious freedom, one of the most basic human rights.
“A redefinition of marriage in the ACT is likely to end up in the High Court. It would be disappointing if Australia went down the American path of having judges determining important social policy.”
MR: ACL urges Coalition to rethink ISP filtering
· September 06, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Friday 6th September 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the Coalition to rethink its opposition to internet filtering, Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.
“Initially we were heartened to hear that the Coalition had come to the position that only two months ago that British Prime Minister David Cameron had come to - that internet filtering was a necessary government intervention to protect children from exposure to pornography,” he said.
“For a fleeting moment last night it looked like the Coalition was in agreement with its colleagues in the UK.”
Mr Shelton said it ISP filtering is far too important an initiative to be turned into a political football.
“In criticising the Coalition’s back flip on ISP filtering, Labor has ignored its own culpability on the issue – only last year did the Labor government renege on its 2007 and 2010 election commitment to introduce mandatory filtering of illegal content such as rape porn and bestiality porn from overseas,” he said.
In July, the ACL welcomed news that British Prime Minister David Cameron would introduce mandatory internet filtering if ISP’s did not act to protect children.
“Extreme libertarian views within politics leave children exposed to harmful content. Filtering technology has been proven not to slow the internet and effective at providing better protection. A civil society should deploy it,” he said.
MR: ACL welcomes British PM’s action on internet porn
· July 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Tuesday 23rd July 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed moves by British Prime Minister David Cameron to crack down on the proliferation of child abuse images and pornography on the internet.
ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said Mr Cameron’s
yesterday acknowledge that parents feel powerless when it comes to preventing their children from seeing porn and that government intervention is needed.
“Mr Cameron spoke of how government has ‘neglected our responsibility to children’ and called for internet service providers in Britain to automatically block access to pornography sites unless customers opt in,” he said.
Mr Shelton said the ACL will be asking political parties how they intend to deal with the proliferation of pornography on the internet as part of an election questionnaire.
“ACL will be asking this question along with many other topics including asylum seekers, gambling, poverty and family in the questionnaire which will be available in coming weeks on
,” he said.
“Last year ACL was disappointed to see then Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy renege on the government’s election promise of a mandatory ISP clean feed to block illegal material, despite Government trials showing it worked without slowing the internet
“Parents are looking for clear and trustworthy commitments from the government and genuine action to protect children on-line,” he said.
MR: Uncertainty over marriage policy could drive voters to minor parties
· May 07, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, 7th May 2013
Coalition uncertainty over voting policy on marriage may force many Australians to consider minor parties who are clear on the issue at the September 14 election, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
“Upper House elections in Tasmania at the weekend which returned pro-marriage candidates showed there is little appetite for radical social policy such as redefining marriage,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.
“Those supporting marriage were rewarded at the ballot box after an expensive and high profile campaign failed to unseat them,” Mr Shelton said.
While ACL had welcomed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s clarity on the issue, it was concerned proponents of redefining marriage were pressuring Coalition candidates to support watering down Coalition marriage policy.
ACL was preparing to target key marginal seats in the lead-up to the September 14 election with leaflets to highlight the social benefits of keeping marriage between a man and a woman.
“We want to highlight to the constituency those candidates and parties who support marriage and let voters know where a candidate is in favour of redefining marriage.”
Mr Shelton said it was regrettable that redefining marriage was becoming an election issue so soon after it was resoundingly defeated in the Australian Parliament last September.
“The Parliament has already spoken but if advocates for redefining marriage are so sure of public support, why don’t they back a referendum?”
protests in France against the Hollande Government yesterday
have been motivated in part by his legislating a new definition of marriage and UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party has
suffered an embarrassing setback in local council elections
after he supported redefining marriage.
“I have great confidence in the ability of Australians, particularly under 35s, to think critically about this issue as long as an alternative view is allowed to be put in the public debate,” Mr Shelton said.
“There are consequences in redefining marriage for children, free speech and freedom of religion and this needs further public discussion.
“A referendum would be the ideal forum in which to have a balanced debate.”
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