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MR: ACL concurs with discrimination concerns raised by media submission
· January 10, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today concurred with concerns raised by the media companies over the draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill put forward by Attorney General Nicola Roxon, concerns also reflected in its submission.
Managing Director of the ACL, Mr Jim Wallace, said that “while the move to consolidate, clarify, and simplify five different commonwealth laws is welcome, the draft Bill goes well beyond consolidation and would increase the reach of current laws, further impinging on freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”
“The joint submission by the media companies has rightly pointed out the increasing reach of this Bill to include conduct that offends or insults,” said Mr Wallace. “In addition to this, unlawful discrimination is defined subjectively as ‘unfavourable treatment’, with the onus of proof on the one who has supposedly offended or insulted while there is no definition of what constitutes “ harassment”, something the draft looks to target.”
“The exposure draft creates too many vulnerabilities for people of faith and faith-based institutions and will need radical redrafting,” said Mr Wallace.
MR: ACL says reports of support for the R18+ classification for games validates its concerns
· January 02, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today said the comments by Mr Ron Curry, chief executive officer of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA), illustrates just how poor the decision was by the Government to make a change to allow an R18+ classification for computer games in late 2012.
Managing Director of the ACL, Mr Jim Wallace, said that Mr Curry’s statement that the new category “was an acknowledgment that there should be content for the adults who play games” highlights the profit-making motive clouding the issue.
“Mr Curry is the chief executive officer of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association that represents the interests of its member companies in the computer and video games industry. Members include Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, and Warner Brothers who clearly will make significant profits from this new classification category, and it is these profit-making interests that Mr Curry represents,” Mr Wallace said.
“What we now have is the same level of ‘high impact’ violence and sexually explicit material in films transferred to games. The highly repetitive and interactive nature of games means that the effect of this material will be even greater on those who play these games.” Mr Wallace continued, “the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Paediatrics have both warned that violent video games are causally related to later aggressive behavior in children and adolescents.”
“Notwithstanding the R18+ classification, like the MA15+ games it will only be a matter of time before these games also make their way into the hands of children,” Mr Wallace said.
Videos of speeches at ACL National Conference now available online
· December 19, 2012 11:00 AM
ACL's 2012 National Conference took place in Canberra from 5 - 6 October, and explored the issue of
Religious Freedom in a Secular Democracy.
Speakers included Shadow Families Minister Kevin Andrews, former attorney-general Robert McClelland, political editor of
newspaper Dennis Shanahan and Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University Professor Greg Craven.
Speeches from a few of the conference speakers are now available to watch online. You can visit the
ACL Vimeo site
to access these. Alternatively, click on the videos below.
Shadow Families Minister Kevin Andrews spoke about his new book,
Maybe I Do,
and declared that the marriage debate was settled in Parliament well into the future.
Hon Kevin Andrews MP - ACL National Conference 2012
Australian Christian Lobby
Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, gave an historical and cultural understanding of the challenge of freedom of religion in a secular democracy.
Professor Greg Craven - ACL National Conference 2012
Australian Christian Lobby
The Hon Robert McClelland, Federal Member for Barton (NSW) and the former Attorney-General of Australia, spoke about the federal government's review of anti-discrimination law.
Hon Robert McClelland MP
Australian Christian Lobby
ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace spoke about the persecution of Christians around the world and the important need for the Church to become active voices for religious freedom in our society.
Jim Wallace AM - ACL National Conference 2012
Australian Christian Lobby
Jim Wallace on the Political Spot
· December 17, 2012 11:00 AM
Jim Wallace is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the year in politics and looks ahead to the federal election and upcoming WA election.
MR: Pokie reform bill should be just the beginning
· November 29, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed tonight’s passing of legislation putting modest curbs on harmful poker machines.
Managing Director Jim Wallace said ACL hoped today’s reforms would be just the beginning of meaningful reform to stop the harm of poker machines to people suffering from addiction to them.
“While the reforms are modest, it is significant that the Parliament has recognised the damage poker machines do to our community.
“It is disappointing that the Government reneged on its promise to Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilke for more meaningful reform, as integrity in public life is paramount.
“It is also disappointing that the Opposition opposed this legislation.”
Mr Wallace said it was important that the major parties were able to stand up to the vested interests of the industry which profited from problem gamblers and State Governments which were addicted to taxation revenue from poker machines.
$12 billion goes into 200,000 poker machines each year, half of which are in New South Wales. $5 billion of this comes out of the pockets of problem gamblers.
The reforms force owners to make machines ready for mandatory pre-commitment in the future, limit withdrawals from ATMs in gaming venues (excluding casinos) to $250 and mandate warnings on machines to gamblers.
The Lachlan Macquarie Internship graduation
· November 28, 2012 11:00 AM
[caption id="attachment_23178" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace with one of the graduates, Rebekah Faith from Sydney."]
Last Saturday, November the twenty-sixth, the Lachlan Macquarie Internship graduated its third group of alumni. This program is designed by the ACL to help develop leaders looking to impact public policy, and this event was the finale of an intensive fourteen weeks of study, networking, workshops and experience in political offices.
Family and friends flew from all over the country to encourage and support these future leaders in what God was calling them to. The highlights included speeches from Jim Wallace, the managing director of ACL, and Tony McLellan, the chairman of the ACL board. Grant Dusting gave the final speech based on his concluding essay, articulating the need for a shared restoration of the common good in discussing policy. All in all it was a beautiful day, very worthy of the sacrifice these interns have given for principled public leadership in our nation.
The next internship begins in February 2013, and applications are still being accepted while there are scholarships available.
to learn more.
Hear Rebekah Faith’s thoughts on the LMI in a
five minute radio interview
Reviving the Common Good: Embracing Diversity to Achieve a Better Society for All
A paper by Grant Dusting, who graduated from LMI last week
, Plato’s most well-known piece of literature and perhaps one of the most influential books of political philosophy ever written, Plato records his mentor Socrates’ challenge to Thrasymachus, a colleague who advocated the popular belief at that time: that justice is merely what is advantageous to the stronger.
to continue reading.
MR: ACL urges Coalition not to scrap Labor’s increased refugee intake
· November 23, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Friday, November 23, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has urged a future Coalition Government not to scrap the Houston panel’s recommended increase to the humanitarian intake of refugees to 20,000.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said he understood the need to find savings in the budget but believed it was in our national interest to be generous to refugees.
“ACL commends the Coalition for seeking to preference refugees languishing in camps above those who can afford to pay people smugglers but opposed moves to cut back the refugee intake.
“It is important that Australia sends a message to people seeking passage on a boat with smugglers that Australia will act justly and generously towards those in camps who have already been designated as refugees by the UNHCR.
“Apart from being the right thing to do, increasing the humanitarian intake also sends a clear message to people smugglers and UNHCR-designated refugees in camps that Australia is serious about fairness,” Mr Wallace said.
“The cost of settling an increased humanitarian intake of people should not be the only calculation as refugees do tend to become hard-working and productive members of our community.
“Quite apart from our national interest considerations, a comparatively wealthy nation like Australia can and should do more to alleviate the global humanitarian crisis of displaced people.”
MR: ACL welcomes PM’s $50m pledge to fight slave trade but says more needs to be done at home
· November 21, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that Australia will fund $50 million in an effort to reduce the trafficking of people in Asia, but remains concerned that it is not doing enough to combat the sex trafficking problem in Australia.
Yesterday, ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
ACL’s chief of Staff Lyle Shelton and Research Officer Daniel Simon argued that the existence of legal prostitution heightened demand for prostituted women and fostered an environment in which illegal prostitution and sex trafficking flourished.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace welcomed Ms Gillard’s decision, but says more needs to be done, given the link between legalised prostitution in Australia and sex trafficking in Asia.
“The government has done a good thing in acknowledging the need to fight the slave trade in Asia, but I encourage Ms Gillard to look at the problem we have in our own backyard.
“Australia continues to be an identified destination for sex trafficking,
especially of young girls from Southeast Asia. As long as we continue to allow legalised prostitution, we will never see this issue disappear.
“As part of Australia’s efforts to reduce this problem, ACL has continually recommended that State Governments consider the Nordic approach to prostitution, which criminalises the purchase of sex. This method has made Sweden an unfavourable destination for traffickers of women,”
Mr Wallace said.
“The Federal Government must raise this at COAG if it is serious about reducing sex trafficking in Asia.”
US Department of State (June 2012), Trafficking in Persons Report,
, p 73.
European Parliament (2005),
Study on National Legislation on Prostitution and the Trafficking in Women and Children,
, p 133.
MR: ACL welcomes retention of protections for religious freedom anti-discrimination law shake-up
· November 20, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has broadly welcomed the release of the exposure draft legislation to consolidate Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws.
Managing Director Jim Wallace said ACL was still to examine it in detail but was grateful the Government had honoured its commitment to retain protections for religious freedom.
Mr Wallace said ACL had some concern about the reversal of the onus of proof that it could create a vulnerability in terms of giving rise to vexatious complaints.
“This is something we will want to see properly investigated by the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee,” Mr Wallace said.
MR: Greens’ latest attempt to legislate for euthanasia should be rejected
· November 18, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Monday, November 19, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has called on Parliamentarians to reject the Greens’ latest attempt to legislate for euthanasia.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said the Greens strategy is legislation by fatigue, ignoring that State and Federal Governments have refused at least four attempts to legalise euthanasia in recent years, in each case after detailed examination of the issue.
“Parliamentary inquiry after Parliamentary inquiry has found that euthanasia cannot be made safe for vulnerable people who might be pressured into prematurely ending their lives. Nothing has changed to refute this evidence yet the Greens keep coming back.
Mr Wallace said that legalised euthanasia is an unjust and callous way of putting the onus on vulnerable people to end their lives.
“Feelings of social isolation and depression and of feeling a burden to others are common in those suffering with terminal illness, and euthanasia puts unacceptable pressure on them when they’re in this vulnerable state.
“No amount of checks and balances by lawmakers could ensure people are not pressured because of their state of mind, or even because they are elderly and feel a burden to society,” Mr Wallace said.
Managing pain relief which might also hasten death is not euthanasia, as proponents suggest, and this is used to cause confusion in the minds of the public, Mr Wallace said.
“The active intervention of a doctor with a lethal substance in euthanasia is vastly different from prescribing the type of pain relief that may incidentally hasten a person’s death.
“Instead of revisiting a flawed and dangerous experiment with euthanasia, we encourage governments to continue investing in modern palliative care services,” Mr Wallace said.
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