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MR: Tas Labor puts Greens’ priorities ahead of election promises
· August 07, 2011 10:00 AM
Labor is increasingly being led by the Greens with the Tasmanian ALP conference voting against key election promises made by the Federal Party, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
Votes to scrap chaplains and introduce gay marriage at the Tasmanian ALP conference this weekend show that Labor is prepared to put the Greens’ policy agenda ahead of its own election promises http://vimeo.com/13959730.
“Both the Prime Minister and the Federal Labor Party gave unequivocal election promises to continue the popular chaplaincy program and to ensure that the Marriage Act was protected,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
“It is a measure of the Greens power over Labor, particularly in a State like Tasmania where the Greens are in a coalition government with Labor, that a Labor State conference is prepared to defy Federal Labor policy so brazenly.
“We continue to see the tyranny of the minority influencing the national agenda.”
Mr Wallace said the Mayor of Burwood, Councillor John Faker, in inner Sydney was right when he talked last week of a noisy minority “stamping its feet” on issues like gay marriage in the face of majority opinion.
Mr Wallace said the conference’s vote to allow stranger adoption to same-sex couples was another Greens’ policy championed by a small group of activists.
“How on earth can a government, which is bound to always act in the best interest of children, give a ward of the State over to two men or two women when that child has no choice?”
A vote to decriminalise abortion to birth, even when there was a healthy mother and a healthy baby, was another extreme Greens policy now adopted by Tasmanian Labor.
Mr Wallace said Labor was in danger of moving away from the concerns of mainstream Australia which were more in line with the results of last week’s Australia SCAN survey which showed middle Australia wants a return to “basic moral values like honesty and hard work and putting families first”.
MR: Gillard right to stand up to Greens
· April 01, 2011 11:00 AM
For release: Friday, 1
The Gillard Government must not bow to Greens’ threats of ‘consequences’ coming back to ‘bite’ it for warning Australians of the dangers of Green ideology, the Australian Christian Lobby said today.
“The Prime Minister has done the nation a service by highlighting the extreme nature of the Greens’ agenda which is anti-family, anti-religious freedom and anti-economic growth,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
“Bob Brown’s threats to Ms Gillard and his sudden defence of Israel today is further evidence of the disingenuous nature of the Greens.
“Why didn’t Bob Brown speak out in support of Israel before the NSW election when the anti-Israel comments were made?
“Why is he only now disciplining the ultra-extreme Green Senator-elect Lee Rhiannon?”
Mr Wallace said the ALP must oppose the Greens’ attempts to by-pass its election commitments on same-sex marriage and euthanasia through back door attempts such as the Greens’ so-called Territories rights bill which is before a Senate Inquiry.
The poor showing of the Greens in the NSW election was proof that their influence in inner city electorates is exaggerated.
“Labor power-brokers should heed this warning from the electorate and ensure that their national conference in December does not dance to the tune of the Greens by overturning Labor’s policy on marriage which has broad mainstream appeal,” Mr Wallace said.
Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979
PM’s stand on marriage, the Bible and against euthanasia are a positive step to move away from Greens’ Agenda
· March 21, 2011 11:00 AM
Yesterday’s comments by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Sky News’s Australian Agenda program supporting the current definition of marriage and the importance of the Bible, and her opposition to euthanasia is welcome and timely.
Ms Gillard told The Australian’s Paul Kelly and Peter Van Onselen that she was “on the conservative side” of the same-sex marriage debate “because of the way our society is and how we got here.”
“If I was in a different walk of life, if I'd continued in the law and was partner of a law firm now, I would express the same view, that I think for our culture, for our heritage, the Marriage Act and marriage being between a man and a woman has a special status,” she said.
Although an atheist, Ms Gillard gave her support to the Bible as integral to our culture.
"I'm on the record as saying things like I think it's important for people to understand their Bible stories, not because I'm an advocate of religion - clearly, I'm not - but once again, what comes from the Bible has formed such an important part of our culture," she said.
On euthanasia, Ms Gillard expressed her sympathy that she could understand people wanting the choice in the end stage of life but has never been satisfied there were sufficient safeguards in pro-euthanasia advocates’ policy proposals. The lack of appropriate safeguards to protect the vulnerable is one of the primary concerns the ACL has in relation to legalising euthanasaia.
“I have always been concerned that this would open the door that would lead ultimately not to people having choices but to open the door to exploitation and perhaps callousness to people towards the end stage of life, that’s my concern,” she said.
Ms Gillard’s comments are important in distancing herself from the Greens’ agenda, however it is imperative that people continue to let their MPs know they support marriage between a man and a woman. Sign up to our petition to keep marriage between a man and a woman at
The territories’ rights bill, which would remove the veto power of the federal executive over territory laws, has been championed by the Greens due to grievances over Commonwealth intervention in ACT civil union law. The Senate committee’s rejection of that bill would further distance the Government from the Greens’ social agenda.
ACL welcomes Gillard’s commitment to mainstream values on marriage, euthanasia and the Bible
· March 20, 2011 11:00 AM
For release: March 20, 2011
Julia Gillard’s re-statement of her mainstream values on marriage today and her recognition that the Bible is worth studying because it underpins much of western literature is welcome in the face of Greens’ pressure to redefine marriage.
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Jim Wallace said that: “Those within Labor pushing it to follow the Greens’ line on same-sex marriage at December’s party conference risked causing the Party being defined in the minds of many ordinary Australians with the extremes of politics, which the PM rightly rejects.
“Australians expect both sides of politics to honour their election commitments on marriage and not have them stolen by the Greens, especially through their latest push to advance their agenda through the back door under the ruse of ‘territory rights’.
“Ms Gillard was right to
re-state her view that Greens Leader Bob Brown is a ‘calculating politician’
“While the Prime Minister acknowledges she is not a believer, her comments supporting traditional values and the place of the Bible in shaping so much that is good about modern Australian society is also welcome in the face of pressure to downplay and redefine our cultural heritage,” Mr Wallace said.
Her comments on euthanasia, another priority of the Greens, were also welcome.
“The Prime Minister rightly acknowledges the compassion all of us feel for sufferers of terminal illness but as every state inquiry into euthanasia in the last four years has shown, she acknowledges it is simply impossible to design safeguards that can be guaranteed to protect the vulnerable ,” Mr Wallace said.
Media Contact: Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979.
Media Release: Gillard must knock Greens’ bill on the head
· March 04, 2011 11:00 AM
For release: Friday 4th March 2011
The Australian Christian Lobby today welcomed Prime Minster Julia Gillard’s commitment to marriage between a man and woman but is calling for her to dump the Greens’ ‘territories’ rights’ bill.
“She must withdraw the Government’s support for Senator Bob Brown’s bill because the Government mustn’t give him a mechanism like this to subvert the election promises of Labor and Coalition on marriage,” said Managing Director Jim Wallace.
“The Greens’ want a foothold for same-sex marriage in one of the Territories and unless this bill is killed off, they will seek by legislative fatigue to wear the Parliament down until it caves in.
“Whilst sending the bill to a Senate Committee buys time, the real test of Labor’s commitment not to be dictated to by the Greens, particularly on social policy, is to deny support for this bill,” he said.
Media Contact: Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979.
Gillard Government urged to pressure Egypt over persecution of Christians
· January 27, 2011 11:00 AM
In early January, Managing Director Jim Wallace spoke as a part of a panel with His Grace Bishop Suriel, Bishop of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions at a rally about the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt. The rally followed a church service to both celebrate the orthodox Christmas and remember the 21 Copts killed in a New Year’s Eve attack at a Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Egypt. Many of those present had relatives who had been victims in the bombing. The Australian Christian Lobby wants to see the Australian Government call the Egyptian Government to provide Copts with better protection. Click
for more information.
ACL welcomes major parties’ commitment to marriage
· November 18, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today welcomed Prime Minister
Julia Gillard’s refusal to guarantee
she would legalise gay marriage even if the ALP National Conference changes its policy on this issue.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said this position is consistent with the
clear pre-election commitment
Ms Gillard gave to the Christian constituency that the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman would not be changed during the term of a re-elected Gillard Government.
“This clear commitment was given for the full term of Government – not just up until the ALP national conference. And the importance of not allowing this to change at the next Conference was acknowledged by Ms Gillard. It is a pledge of great importance to the Christian constituency and will be closely monitored to see whether Labor, under Julia Gillard, fulfils its commitment,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace also congratulated the Opposition for today voting against Greens’ MP Adam Bandt’s motion for MPs to seek constituents’ views on same-sex marriage.
“Since the PM pointed out to the Christian constituency that people could draw a lot of confidence in the security of marriage because both parties agreed on it, the unequivocal position of the Coalition is very welcome,” Mr Wallace said.
“This motion was obviously a meaningless stunt and it was good to see the Opposition not bowing to the Greens’ push to keep this issue in the limelight.”
Mr Wallace said that the Greens are following a deceptive agenda in pushing gay marriage as a discrimination issue.
“ACL has in the past supported out of a concern for justice, Government moves to amend more than 100 pieces of legislation to remove practical discrimination from same-sex couples. This issue of discrimination has effectively been dealt with,” Mr Wallace said. “To try and link gay marriage with discrimination is just another example of the deceptive way in which Greens’ agendas are progressed.
“This issue is not about discrimination, it is about protecting the model of marriage between a man and a woman - a model which remains a universal cultural mainstay proven over millennia. And for all the nonsense coming out of the Greens, it is too important to be treated as just another trophy for this two percent of the population and its selfishly intolerant activists.”
PM restates commitment to marriage
· October 28, 2010 11:00 AM
ACL has welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s restatement of her party’s commitment to marriage being between a man and a woman following a
from Labor’s left faction for a policy shift in support of gay marriage.
Earlier this week, Ms Gillard rejected calls to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage, saying that the party had considered the issue at its last national conference.
''We came up with the answer … The party's policies and platform are that the Marriage Act should stay in its current form with marriage being between a man and a woman,'' she told the
It is pleasing to see the Prime Minister sticking with her pre-election commitments to the Christian constituency on this issue rather than giving into the well-publicised Greens’ agenda to permit same-sex marriage.
On the issue of the push for gay marriage, an article posted on the Australian Conservative website this week takes an interesting look at the reasons behind the gay establishment’s push for gay marriage and the consequences of promoting “genderlessness”. Click
to read the article, which features an interview with author, columnist and President of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, Maggie Gallagher.
ACL commends Gillard commitment to internet filter
· October 13, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby today commended
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
for reconfirming her Government’s commitment to filtering Refused Classification material from the internet.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that while he would like to see it happen sooner, it was nonetheless a vital child protection measure.
“There was recognition from both sides of politics during the election campaign that our classification system was not serving the interests of children,” Mr Wallace said.
“The Government’s move to give effect to our classification laws by using the internet filter to close the loophole which allows illegal overseas-hosted material into Australia is an important step in repairing our broken classification system,” Mr Wallace said.
Media Contact: Lyle Shelton 0448 602 878.
PM rules out conscience vote on same-sex marriage
· September 29, 2010 10:00 AM
In keeping with her commitment to the Christian constituency, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has ruled out a conscience vote for the ALP on a bid by the Australian Greens to legalise same-sex marriage.
Greens’ Senator Sarah Hanson-Young plans to introduce a same-sex marriage bill into the Upper House today and has
that she will leave the bill to “sit there” while she pushes to get a conscience vote on the issue.
However, her push has been stymied by Ms Gillard’s unequivocal reinforcement of her party’s opposition to same-sex marriage and her rejection of a conscience vote on the issue.
"The Labor Party's got a clear position about the Marriage Act. So you should expect to see the Labor Party voting as a political party, voting in unison, if that position comes to Parliament," she
told ABC radio
ACL welcomes the Prime Minister’s stance on this issue, which is in line with her clear pre-election commitment to the Christian constituency to maintain the current party policy on marriage for as long as she is the leader. The commitment was given during a filmed interview with Jim Wallace around two weeks before the election. Please click
to view it.
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