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Hansard of marriage debate in South Australia now available online
· July 31, 2013 10:00 AM
The Hansard of last week's debate on a same-sex marriage bill in the South Australian parliament is now available to read online.
The private members' bill for state-based same-sex marriage, introduced by Member for Port Adelaide Dr Susan Close, was defeated in the House of Assembly on Thursday “on the voices”, no division having been called. Thirteen members spoke against the bill, whilst only five members spoke supporting it.
Member for Finniss, Mr Michael Pengilly, commented on the nature of the marriage debate, saying "I do not believe that there is a fair and equitable debate going on regarding this matter. We seem to be inundated with those who wish for same-sex marriage to be put into legislation and there seems to be an overwhelming campaign by the media to try to orchestrate that. At the end of the day, the media do not get a vote in this chamber, nor do they get a vote in the federal chamber, or any other state for that matter".
Mr Pengilly went on to say "I personally would never support two people of the same sex having a union that is called a marriage. I have no problem with the union, but I would not support it being called a marriage. I have very strong views on this. Of the three issues before this parliament today—that is, euthanasia, prostitution and this—this is the one I am most opposed to, absolutely, because I think the family is the base of our community. It has been the base of our lives, and I think this is a real challenge to that".
Mr Martin Hamilton Smith, Member for Waite, urged Christians to be more vocal on the issue: "I would appeal to churches of any faith or denomination to be more vocal on this issue. Silence is the enemy. Get out there and express your view as the advocates for the case are expressing their view. There are many people who may not have a religious conviction who would oppose this measure anyway, based on their fundamental core values and their sense of what is right and what is wrong, and what is good for the community going forward".
The importance of the church's participation in the democratic process was highlighted also in Liberal Member for Schubert Ivan Venning's speech. He told the parliament "the Lutheran Church has been my rock, my wisdom and my strength, and I am not going to budge. I have had much good advice and many good arguments put to me by the Lutheran pastors in my electorate and I would not go past that. I thank them all very much for their support and confidence in me to stand here and say, no, we would not support this".
The importance for children to be raised by both a mother and a father was an argument also put forth by opponents of the bill. The Hon Tom Kenyan, Member for Newland, said "We recognise that having children, raising children within this traditional relationship of men and women, has been good for society. It has helped build society. So often, the only thing people have to fall back on is their family. It is what has provided a nourishing environment for so many people to be raised in, so that they go out and do good for those around them".
This is the third time in recent months where legislation to change the definition of marriage has been rejected; a bill in the Senate failed to pass in June, and the Tasmanian parliament rejected a bill in September last year.
to read the full Hansard of the South Australian debate.
AWW magazine shows same-sex and single Australians looking overseas to have children
· July 29, 2013 10:00 AM
An article in the latest edition of the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine has highlighted the advancements in fertility science allowing single and same-sex couples to have children, and their willingness to venture overseas to do so.
The article –
One father, two eggs, two wombs
– tells the story of a gay man in Perth who travelled to India in search of donors and surrogates to carry two babies to full-term pregnancy. After paying for two eggs from an Indian donor, and paying another two Indian women to be their surrogates, he had two baby girls, “twiblings” as they were labelled in the article.
The egg donor was paid $500. Each of the surrogates was paid $6000, and was required to stay at the clinic throughout the process, even though both women were married and had other children of their own. Both women also received an extra $1000 for "enduring a caesarean".
When the staff at the clinic overseeing this process knew the father hoped his children would be born on the same day, they induced the second woman after the first went into labour.
This story is one of many which should cause society to question a practice which denies children the right to be raised by their mother and father . Aside from taking advantage of vulnerable women in a poor country like India, this practice also removes from these children the right to know their biological heritage.
In this case, the donor mother already has a child, which means the girls would be denied the knowledge of their half sibling and possibly others in the future. Despite giving them Indian middle names, the article states “the prospect of the twiblings meeting the three women who brought them into this world is unlikely”.
The best interests of children are being lost and ignored under such circumstances. Children have a fundamental right to be born from natural origins which is acknowledged by the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that a child shall have, ‘as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents’.
Will we need to nationally apologise to this generation of children in 20 years’ time for doing nothing to protect their rights, but instead pursuing the desires of their ‘parent/s’?
The media has the ability to bring to light the situations that place children in a vulnerable state.
Earlier this year, columnist for The Australian newspaper Angela Shanahan wrote about the former Prime Minister’s apology to victims of forced adoption. The article explores the hypocrisy between the formal apology and same-sex and single surrogacy. Read this article
The Australian Family Association: National Marriage Day events in NSW and WA
· July 23, 2013 10:00 AM
The Australian Family Association (AFA) will be holding events in New South Wales and Western Australia to celebrate National Marriage Day, and you are invited to attend.
National Marriage Day is a chance to celebrate the special union of marriage, and to recognise the need of children to both a mother and a father.
AFA is a not-for-profit, voluntary, and non-party political organisation formed to be provide a forum and a vehicle for those individuals and organisations in the community concerned with the strengthening and support of the family unit. AFA was also one of the major sponsors of this year's World Congress of Families (WCF) event in Sydney. Read the declaration made by the WCF 2013
We encourage you to get behind National Marriage Day by attending an AFA event or by helping to organise an event in your own state. Find out more about how you can do this by visiting the
New South Wales - Penrith
Tuesday 11th August 2013
A picnic at Tench Reserve, Penrith
Bring a plate to share
Western Australia - Perth (event sponsored by the AFA and Knights of the Southern Cross)
Tuesday 13th August 2013
Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Perth
More details are on the
French politicians want to replace mum and dad with parent '1' and '2'
· November 14, 2012 11:00 AM
France's new government wants to remove the terms 'mother' and 'father' and replace them with 'parent 1' and 'parent 2' to foster a more gender equal environment for families, and to pave the way for legalising same-sex marriage. A
Herald Sun article
last month explained that such ideas have moved to other places like Sweden as well, which is looking to create a separate term 'hen' to replace the words 'his' and 'hers.'
These ideas are nonsensical as they completely obliterate the importance of motherhood and fatherhood in the upbringing of children. Fathers and mothers parent differently from one another, and providing that diversity in a child's upbringing is contributing to the development of a well-rounded and balanced person.
Take, for example, the building of confidence in a child. When families go to any playground, dads encourage kids to swing a little higher, to ride their bikes a little faster, while mums tend to want to protect them. Having both characteristics in each parent keeps each other in balance, and helps their children remain safe while expanding their experiences and confidence.
To cut out 'mum' and 'dad' is to remove from society the fundamental nature of human beings and their interaction with one another. It would deny children the right to fully benefit from the love of their mother and father, and erode the very nature of family as the foundation of social life.
Andrew Mullins on the Political Spot
· August 30, 2011 10:00 AM
Andrew Mullins is the headmaster at Wollemi College in Sydney's west. In the lead up to Father's Day this weekend, the ACL's Katherine Spackman spoke to Andrew about the important role father's play in a child's development. Click
to listen. Transcript
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