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SA: Family First MLC gives mother certificate of commemoration for stillborn son
· September 12, 2013 10:00 AM
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Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire has presented a certificate of commemoration to the mother of a stillborn baby after negotiating with the South Australian government to symbolically recognise the loss.
Tarlia Bartch fought for a birth certificate for her 19-week stillborn son Jayden; just before his birth and death could be legally registered at 20 weeks.
Mr Brokenshire put legislation before the state parliament that would allow parents to register the birth and death of a stillborn prior to 20 weeks' gestation.
After 20 months of campaigning and negotiations with Attorney-General John Rau, parents of stillborn children between 12 and 19 weeks can now apply for a "commemorative" certificate from the Births, Deaths and Marriages office to recognise their child.
The certificate however states that it "should not be used for official purposes" as it is not issued under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996. For this reason, Mr Brokenshire will keep his legislation on the parliament's agenda for debate.
The Jayden's Law campaign run by Mr Brokenshire - named after Ms Bartch's stillborn child - attracted support from thousands of people on Facebook.
The move follows the introduction of a bill in the New South Wales Parliament that would amend the
and recognise the separate existence of the foetus of a pregnant woman. The bill has been named in memory of Zoe Donegan who died after her pregnant mother was hit by a van on the NSW Central Coast on Christmas Day 2009.
would not apply to anything done in the course of a medical procedure. It also would not apply if the child’s mother has given consent for an abortion.
this news story
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MR: Same-sex marriage not a vote winner
· September 07, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Sunday 8th September 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby congratulates the Coalition on its election win and says it demonstrates that despite the incredibly high profile during the campaign of same-sex marriage, it was not a vote winner for Labor.
“It is clear that changing the definition of marriage is not something that defined the way Australians voted despite Labor’s high-profile campaigning on it and strong support for it in the media,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.
“Australia has an opportunity now to move on from this debate but if same-sex marriage activists persist in the new Parliament, it should go back to the people again for the ultimate conscience vote in a referendum,” Mr Shelton said.
“Mr Rudd’s bullying of a Christian pastor on Q&A in the final week of the campaign made Australians feel uncomfortable with the consequences for freedom of speech and freedom of belief should the law on marriage be changed,” Mr Shelton said.
“It should not be up to politicians to decide to normalise this sort of treatment of fellow Australians who will always believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Mr Shelton said reforms in 2008 meant there was no discrimination against same-sex couples under Australian law and it was unnecessary to divide people in the way Mr Rudd did by changing the definition of marriage.
Despite the Greens championing of same-sex marriage, they had suffered a swing against them while a pro traditional marriage political party, Family First, looks to have picked up a Senate seat in South Australia.
Mr Shelton hoped Labor would realise the error of following Greens’ social policy and of having changed its party platform on marriage at its 2011 National Conference.
“There is an opportunity now for Labor to further distance itself from the Greens and move back to the sensible centre on social policy as part of its rebuilding process.”
NZ Family First's Bob McCoskrie on the Political Spot about redefining marriage
· April 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Bob McCoskrie is the National Director of New Zealand's
group (not to be confused with the Australian political party of the same name). In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman, Bob talks about the government passing laws to redefine marriage to include same-sex marriage. He says there are impacts for religious freedom in the country.
Win for women as SA brothel law defeated
· November 29, 2012 11:00 AM
Legislation to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia was withdrawn from parliament this week. This follows the narrow defeat of a similar bill last week which would have decriminalised brothels and escort services, giving State sanction to the exploitation of women.
Family First’s two Upper House MPs, Dennis Hood and Robert Brokenshire worked hard to convince MPs to oppose this legislation. Click
to read the Herald Sun article on the issue.
This month, ACL presented a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry into slavery, including sex trafficking, arguing for the Australian governments consider the Nordic model of prostitution policy which criminalises the purchasing of sex rather than having the law target prostituted women.
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Family First sounds warning on preferences for MPs who support homosexual marriage
· September 13, 2012 10:00 AM
The Family First political party has indicated that MPs and Senators who vote in favour of same-sex ‘marriage’ will be highly unlikely to receive its preferences at next year’s federal election.
Speaking with ACL this afternoon, Family First’s National President, Bob Day AO, says any member from either side of politics who voted for this “would make it hard for Family First to preference them”.
Votes on two bills brought by Labor Senators and a Labor MP are expected next week.
During debate in Parliament this week, MPs from both sides of politics said they expected same-sex marriage to be voted down.
This would bring to an end the long-running and divisive debate which has been engineered largely by the Greens political party and in the process damaged Labor’s brand.
ACL is not a political party and maintains a non-party partisan stance. However, it encourages the Christian constituency to look closely at party platforms and individual candidates before they vote.
Sex party resorts to dirty tactics in Family First attack
· July 29, 2010 10:00 AM
In a sign of growing dirty tactics in the Federal election campaign the Australian Sex Party yesterday made an under-handed attempt to discredit the Family First political party by
that Family First tried to make a preference deal with them.
Family First’s Federal Chairman Bob Day yesterday strongly denied reports of the party entering a preference arrangement with the Australian Sex Party, saying “I want to reassure you that this is completely false. I am the Federal Chairman and no preference arrangement can occur without my approval.”
“This is a blatant attempt by the Australian Sex Party to discredit Family First. You might recall some months ago this Party took out large advertisements in
expressing one of their key aims was to ‘stop Family First’.” Click
for more details.
According to a report in today’s
, a Family First staffer did make contact with the Australian Sex Party to discuss preferences, but Mr Day is reported as saying that the staffer was acting outside of his authority. Family First’s Dennis Hood clarified the situation further in an interview with the ABC’s
Mr Day also told the Advertiser that a preference deal would never have been done with the Sex Party, whose views were "diametrically opposed" to Family First.
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