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MR: Government must act to stop the fabrication of kids' birth certificates
· May 29, 2014 10:00 AM
For release: Friday May 30, 2014
A Queensland judge's ruling that children's birth certificates be fabricated
underscores the urgent need for legislative reform to protect the rights of kids, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL's Queensland director Wendy Francis said Justice Ann Lyons' ruling to eliminate two children's biological fathers from their birth certificates was lying to the children about their origins and denying them their human rights under international law.
"Governments have a duty to always act in the best interest of the child. Justice Lyons' ruling means urgent legislative changes are needed to put the rights of children ahead of the desires of adults," Ms Francis said.
Article 7 of the United Nations Rights of the Child
says that "children have the right to know their parents and as far as possible be cared for by them".
Ms Francis said the LNP promised to amend the Surrogacy Act to protect the rights of children and urged the Government to meet its election commitment.
Recent parliamentary inquiries in New South Wales and Victoria and a Senate inquiry had all found that donor conceived children had been severely traumatised by not knowing their biological origins.
MR: ACL calls on Gillard Government to uphold religious freedom
· February 21, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Friday, 22nd February 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby is today urging the Gillard Government to reject Senate Committee recommendations which threaten to dramatically undermine freedom of religion.
The parliamentary report into Labor’s new anti-discrimination laws includes a recommendation to remove exemptions and exceptions enjoyed by faith-based organisations in service delivery.
“Faith-based schools and hospitals do not discriminate, they provide a particular range of services consistent with their faith, and government must protect their ability to do that to honour its responsibility to protect human rights,” said ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace.
“The exemptions and exceptions in anti-discrimination legislation are protections for religious freedom, which under international law is a basic or fundamental human right.
“Former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s legacy is a complete confusion.
“You cannot sacrifice fundamental human rights like freedom of religion because of a desire not to discriminate. This has created an ideological soup which will threaten basic human rights,” he said.
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