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Professor Greg Craven’s speech at the ACL National Conference 2012
· October 17, 2012 11:00 AM
Professor Greg Craven is a constitutional law expert and the vice-chancellor of the Australian Catholic University. He addressed the ACL National Conference 2012, speaking about religious freedom in a secular democracy. Click
Third National Conference on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees - Melbourne
· October 04, 2012 10:00 AM
The Third National Conference on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees is designed to shed light on the forces driving asylum seekers from their homes, their journey to Australia, and their reception once they arrive. The Conference is open to the general public and all people interested in issues pertaining to asylum seekers and Australia are encouraged to attend.
Details of the conference are below:
6-7 December 2012
St Patrick's Campus, ACU Melbourne
for information regarding costs
For more information about the conference, including list of speakers, please visit the
Don't forget 'March for the Babies', Saturday 13 October in Melbourne
· October 01, 2012 10:00 AM
On 10 October 2008, the Victorian Parliament passed the
Abortion Law Reform Act,
one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world. This law eliminated all legal protection for Victorian children until the moment of birth.
The March for the Babies Committee was established with the assistance of representatives from leading pro-life groups throughout Victoria and on 10 October 2009 organised the first march to commemorate the passing of the
Abortion Law Reform Act 2008
one year earlier. In remembrance of this shameful day, we gather to March for the Babies who never see the light of day in Victoria.
The march occurs each October on or around the 10th, calling for the repeal of the law which allows babies to be killed right up until the moment of birth and is the most extreme in the Western world.
Together we express our profound disapproval at our Government's failure to:
Protect the fundamental right of life of every person in our State.
Offer real help to women in crisis pregnancies and other who have suffered through abortion.
Allow freedom of conscience for our health care professionals.
Our goal is to overturn this terrible law and provide full legal protection to our most vulnerable Victorians.
Please join us as we march in this peaceful witness to life from Treasury Gardens to Parliament House and hear inspirational speakers and music with a message of courage and hope.
**Please note: above content written by March for the Babies Committee**
Details of this year's march:
Saturday 13th October 2012
Treasury Gardens (starting at the south-west corner — Spring Street and Wellington Parade), Melbourne
For more information, please visit the
March for the Babies website
After birth abortion' a dangerous idea
· September 27, 2012 10:00 AM
The Spectator magazine this week published an article titled "
A dangerous idea: The argument that 'after-birth abortions' are justifiable should concern us all."
Author Dean Bertram argues that Australia must rethink its stance on abortion after bio-ethicists have claimed that parents should be allowed to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argue that newborn babies are not "actual person" and thus do not have a "moral right to life."
Giubilini and Minerva will be speaking this weekend at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney on 'A Foetus is Not a Person.' Bertram explores the danger in the ethicists' belief that after-birth abortion is just an extension of the already widely accepted practice of abortion, and makes a case for Australia to stand up for the right to life of
people; foetuses, newborns, the mentally and physically disabled. He asks us to examine the possible consequences for our society when life is no longer held sacred.
For more information and to read Bertram's article, click
French push for gay marriage includes ban on 'mother' and 'father'
· September 27, 2012 10:00 AM
France is planning to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from all its official documents and replace them with the word 'parents' under new moves to legalise same-sex marriage.
An article published by The Telegraph newspaper tells of these controversial plans and the concern by the French Catholic church which has spoken out against the changes. A French Catholic Cardinal warned of the consequences of gay marriage, saying that it could lead to polygamy and the taboo on incest falling.
This issue brings to light the possible consequences should gay marriage be legalised. 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.
For more information, please read
The Telegraph article
John Beckett on The Political Spot
· September 25, 2012 10:00 AM
John Beckett is the national coordinator of Micah Challenge, which held its annual Voices for Justice conference in Canberra last week. John spoke to ACL's Daniel Simon about the conference.
MR: Leading UK QC warns teachers who refuse to teach gay marriage will be sacked
· September 11, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its concern about the consequences of same-sex marriage after a
senior UK QC advised
that teachers could possibly be sacked for refusing to endorse it in the classroom.
An expert on religious freedom and human rights, Aidan O’Neill also advised that parents would not be able to pull their children out of lessons if they object to them being taught about gay marriage.
“It is naïve for our government to think that religious freedom would not be challenged in Australia if the definition of marriage is changed,” ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
Not only does Mr O’Neill mention the influence it would have on education systems, he also refers to the most serious consequence being felt within the church where vicars and priests could be taken to court if they refuse to conduct a gay marriage ceremony.
“The Government must bring this issue to a head through a vote in the Parliament next week,” Mr Wallace said.
“It is totally irresponsible for a government to create a legal vulnerability to people in the exercise of their fundamental human right of religious freedom and conscience.”
MR: Adverse effects to women of RU 486 down-played as abortion provider granted import license
· August 30, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Thursday, August 30, 2012
The granting of a licence to import the chemical abortion drug RU 486 to a subsidiary of the world’s biggest abortion provider is not in the best interest of women, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis said the Therapeutic Goods Administration had seriously erred in granting a licence to Marie Stopes International to import RU 486.
Ms Francis said the
TGA had recently told Senate Estimates
, in response to a question from Queensland Senator Ron Boswell, that it did not collect information about RU 486 related deaths overseas.
TGA also told the Senate
, in response to a further question from Senator Boswell, that since the drug was approved under the Authorised Provider Scheme in April 2006, there had been 832 reports of “adverse events” to women prescribed the drug.
Of these, 599 required surgery to remove the poisoned embryo after the failure of the drug to induce a miscarriage.
“It is quite offensive that RU 486 is referred to as a medicine in some quarters. Pregnancy is not a disease and should not be stigmatised as such,” Ms Francis said.
This year it was revealed that a Melbourne woman had died in 2010 after RU 486.
“There should be a coronial investigation into this tragedy before any further licences are granted.
“Women facing un-supported pregnancy should be offered real choices by our society, not a dangerous chemical to poison their un-born child.
“As a society we do very poorly in promoting alternatives to women beyond chemical or surgical abortion and this is a tragedy for women and unborn babies,” Ms Francis said.
MR: Tas surrogacy laws set up another stolen generation
· August 30, 2012 10:00 AM
Thursday, 30 August, 2012
Last night the upper house of the Tasmanian parliament passed surrogacy laws allowing singles, heterosexual and same-sex couples to have access to altruistic surrogacy.
ACL is disappointed to see the rights to children once again put second place to the desires of adults.
“The ACL holds the view that the law should dissuade adults from entering into surrogacy arrangements because it is a practice fraught with legal and emotional complexities for all parties,” said ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown.
“The Bill passed last night denies a child’s fundamental right to at least begin life with a mother and father by allowing singles and same-sex couples to access surrogacy.”
“Are we in 20 years going to see another apology made, as in the case of forced adoptions, to children who may be deprived of, or in some cases even knowing, a mother or father?”
“Having learned nothing from the past, we are setting up another stolen generation of kids denied their biological mother or father,” Mr Brown said.
The UN Declaration on the Rights of a Child states that the child:
...shall, wherever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his parents, a child of tender years shall not, save in exceptional circumstances, be separated from his mother
“Wherever possible, our government should be affirming this, and in the best interests of children, give them the right to at least begin life with their natural mother and father.”
“It is disappointing to see the Parliament ignore the vast body of evidence of harm caused to children brought about through donor conception who are denied their biological heritage.”
MR: ACL welcomes Labor support for repealing prostitution laws
· August 28, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 28 August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby today applauded the comments of the WA shadow attorney-general John Quigley as he promised opposition support in repealing Labor’s micro-brothel legislation of 2008.
“We would not permit micro-brothels to run next to residences, full stop,” the shadow attorney-general has reportedly said.
ACL’s Western Australian Director Rhys Vallance said prostitution was inherently damaging and exploitative whether in a micro or macro brothel.
“We are pleased the opposition has vowed never to return to its very unpopular legislation,” Mr Vallance said.
“What disappoints me though is the Liberal government’s continued push to legalise brothels in so called tolerance zones.
“Evidence from around the world shows the increase in the demand for prostituted women resulting from legalised prostitution creates the perfect conditions for human trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable women,” he said.
“Governments around the world have tried many different models and still struggle to control prostitution.
“The best model is that of Sweden and now other Nordic countries where the purchase of sex is made illegal and the purchaser is penalised.
“The Premier promised the Christian constituency he would investigate the Swedish model at the last state election,” said Mr Vallance.
“We are yet to see this promise fulfilled and the longer we wait, the more likely the current bill before parliament will become as unpopular as the previous legislation now to be repealed.”
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