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ACL National Conference 2012
· August 13, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL’s 2012 National Conferencewas held on Friday evening 5 October and all day Saturday 6 October in Canberra.
The conference theme was -
Building a Nation of Character: Religious Freedom in a Secular Democracy
The featured speakers included:
political editor for
(Friday dinner speaker)
Jim Wallace AM
, Managing Director, Australian Christian Lobby,
Professor Greg Craven
, Vice-Chancellor, Australian Catholic University,
The Hon Kevin Andrews MP
, Liberal Member for Menzies (Vic),
The Hon Robert McClelland MP
, Labor Member for Barton (NSW),
, charities lawyer, Moores Legal, and
, expert in worldview, author and education consultant.
MR: ACL welcomes expert panel’s recommendations on asylum-seekers
· August 13, 2012 10:00 AM
Monday, 13th August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Independent expert panel’s recommendations on asylum seekers, as reported in Angus Houston’s briefing to the press.
The ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said the recommendations strikes the right balance between compassion and the need to end the people smuggler’s trade.
“The ACL welcome’s the panel’s advice to process refugees on Nauru and PNG’s Manus Island and to continue to develop the Malaysian solution as a pilot model for a regional solution, provided, necessary protections can be ensured,” he said.
Mr Wallace said the committee’s recommendations on increasing the refugee intake to 20,000 immediately is a sensible idea, which is Labor policy and has been considered by the Coalition.
“The ACL has long advocated that Australia raise its humanitarian intake and that that be sourced from refugee camps, which would send a clear message that those in most need, the UNHCR-designated refugees, will be treated with real priority and generosity,” he said.
Mr Wallace said it was imperative for the Parliament to act on these recommendations and condemned the Greens for continuing to demand onshore processing when it clearly provides the magnet that sustains the dangerous people smuggling industry.
“It’s time for all parties to use this opportunity for genuine reform by government - too many people have died between Indonesia and Christmas Island for the political impasse over asylum seeker policy to be allowed to continue any longer,” he said.
MR: Labor has chance to equal Coalition by protecting marriage
· August 11, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Sunday, 12th August, 2012
The Federal Government must intervene to stop Australia’s marriage laws from becoming a ‘hodge podge’ according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
The call follows announcements by the South Australian and ACT Governments to introduce homosexual marriage or marriage-mimicking laws.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said Prime Minister Julia Gillard went to the 2010 election
promising to up-hold marriage
between a man and a woman.
“Gay activists and Green politicians are now leading Labor States like Tasmania and South Australia by the nose towards homosexual ‘marriage’,” Mr Wallace said.
“Integrity does matter in politics and Federal Labor could choose to equal the Coalition’s integrity on marriage by intervening to stop South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT from legislating a new definition of marriage.
“The Coalition’s resolve to keep its election promise is to be applauded, despite the Greens and activists wanting it broken.
“The Government needs to act swiftly before Australia ends up with different marriage laws between States and the Commonwealth.
“The Attorney General must defend marriage against attempts by States and Territories to redefine it, even if it means going to the High Court,” Mr Wallace said.
“The Government also must signal that it will use the powers of the Parliament to overturn any marriage-mimicking law passed in the coming week by the Greens and Labor in the ACT.”
ACL's MD Jim Wallace writes on ABC's The Drum - Extreme intolerance of gay activists
· May 22, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL's Jim Wallace had an opinion piece published in The ABC's Drum today titled "
Extreme intolerance of gay activists
Below is a copy of the opinion piece.
The purging of Professor Kuruvilla George this week from the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission is further proof of the extreme intolerance of homosexual activists.
Apparently anyone holding the view that marriage is between a man and a woman is not fit for public service and must be expunged.
Even former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, who was last year pilloried by activists when he supported the idea of a child having a mother and father wherever possible, has now rolled over and publicly supported redefining marriage. At the time, the activists called for Kennett’s scalp as head of Beyond Blue and targeted its funding, always a good stick to use on not for profits and one previously used to neutralise the Online Opinion website.
Of course there were also calls for tennis icon Margaret Court to have her name removed from the arena named in her honour at Melbourne Park Tennis Centre because of her views in support of man-woman marriage. Happily she is a champion and made of the stuff of champions.
So when Professor George, Victoria’s deputy chief psychiatrist and a member of the EOC, was found to have supported a view out of step with the gay orthodoxy, the activists went into overdrive until he was forced to resign.
His crime was to join 150 other medical practitioners in a submission to a Greens-inspired Senate Inquiry that stated among other things, that children do best with their biological mother and father.
This statement of commonsense of course does not deny that same-sex couples can love a child and parent competently.
But it did affirm that where Governments have a responsibility to children, they should act in a child’s best interests which is to ensure that wherever possible a child is not denied in a premeditated way either or both of its biological parents.
Unfortunately same-sex marriage and the right to same-sex family formation that flows from this allows two men to exclude a child’s birth mother from the life of the child. Conversely, lesbian parenting deliberately cuts off the father from the child, and in some states the father is not even allowed to be listed on the birth certificate.
Clearly there is a clash of rights between adults and children who have no say in their being deliberately cut off from their genetic heritage, something law-makers need to ponder as they consider the three bills before the federal parliament which aim to create non-biological marriage.
What is disturbing though is the activists’ use of research to support the proposition that there is no difference between same-sex parenting and biological parenting.
The head of a cluster of predominantly gay activist academics, Dr Damien Riggs of Flinders University, was quick out of the blocks to condemn Professor George and the 150 doctors for their ‘unscientific’ view that kids do better with their natural parents.
In 2007, Riggs and his team of five authors which included four gay activists, produced a literature review for the Australian Psychological Society, which surprise, surprise, said kids are just as well off without their biological parents.
But when interviewed on SBS radio this week, Dr Riggs admitted that the studies he reviewed only examined lesbian parenting. Surely this so called research has excluded half the demographic to be compared with heterosexual parenting, important when in some states even a single man can get a child through surrogacy.
But Dr Riggs didn’t disclose that the phenomenon of visible homosexual families is a recent construct for which there has simply not been the time to gather reliable data.
In condemning Professor George, Dr Riggs did not engage the substance of the medical practitioners’ submission to the Senate which raised concerns that same-sex relationships are well proven to be inherently and markedly less stable than heterosexual ones.
At least three academic reviews have questioned the validity of many of the studies which Dr Riggs relies upon.
Quantitative analysis experts Robert Lerner and Althea Nagai reviewed 49 studies supporting same-sex parenting, many of which were used byDr Riggs, and found that all 49 contained serious methodological flaws
There is enough doubt about the rigour of Dr Rigg’s work to call into question his dogmatic statements that same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting will have no adverse impacts on children. It is clearly no basis for federal politicians to change the Marriage Act – a decision which will have big consequences for children deliberately excluded from one of their biological parents for life.
Professor George should be invited back to the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and claims by homosexual activists of equal parenting outcomes should be subjected to much more rigour before politicians legislate to create another stolen generation.
Media Release: Potential boycott of Israel more evidence of extreme Greens’ policy
· March 22, 2011 11:00 AM
For release: 22nd March 2011
The possibility of a prominent Greens candidate in the March 26th NSW election pursuing a formal state-wide boycott of Israel is further evidence of the Greens’ policy extremes, Jim Wallace Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby said today.
Ms Fiona Byrne, the Greens candidate in the inner-western Sydney seat of Marrickville, has already implemented a boycott at the local government level as Mayor of Marrickville, and is on the public record as planning to pursue the issue in the state parliament, if elected.
“Whilst we would not want to see dismissed the faults of either side in the long-running Middle Eastern conflict, a simplistic political boycott of Israel demonstrates extremism and lack of balance,” Mr Wallace said.
The pursuit of the nation of Israel by the Greens in the state of New South Wales reinforces the recent comment of Prime Minister Julia Gillard that the Greens operate at the extremes of the political spectrum.
“The people of NSW are expecting the next parliament to focus on solving problems that affect their everyday lives,” he said.
“They do not want to see the Parliament’s time wasted in pursuit of the Greens’ radical one-sided ideological agenda in the international,” 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.
Jim Wallace reviews Vic election result in The Australian
· November 29, 2010 11:00 AM
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace writes in
that the come from behind victory of Ted Baillieu and the Coalition in Saturday's Victorian election was a victory based on leadership, character and values.
He encourages Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, "probably two of the most natural conviction politicians", to heed the lessons of the Victorian result, and show the same kind of leadership and conviction that saw Ted Baillieu preference the Greens last.
The Victorian result, Jim writes, is "a sharp reminder to politics that its business is leadership". Click
to read the full article.
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.
Jim Wallace daily election blog – Fri Aug 20
· August 20, 2010 10:00 AM
By Jim Wallace, ACL Managing Director
Do you know where your Senate preferences will go this election?
One of the hottest battles in this year’s federal election is in the Senate, where the Greens are well-placed to hold the balance of power in their own right for the first time in their history, when newly-elected state Senators take up their seats from July 1 next year.
Unlike for the House of Representatives, voters have a choice of two ways in which to complete their ballot papers for the Senate – above or below the line. ACL has produced short videos on how to vote in both houses for people who are unsure of the process or otherwise interested. You can view the videos by clicking
. The Australian Electoral Commission describes the Senate voting process
The majority of people cast their Senate vote above the line because it is quicker and easier, and you are less likely to cast an informal vote – it takes quite a bit of time and concentration to correctly number 80-odd boxes below the line for voters in New South Wales!
When voting above the line you simply write the number ‘1’ in the box for the political party or group of your choice. Voting this way means that you agree to your preferred party or group distributing preferences in the order they have determined. The way each party or group will direct its preferences is outlined in Group Voting Tickets.
A quick analysis of the Group Voting Tickets for the five parties whose questionnaire responses are featured in the
Australia Votes Election Summary Booklet
– Greens, Labor, Coalition, Family First and the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) – has thrown up some interesting results that might cause some people to carefully consider their voting intentions.
ACL has produced a
of the five featured parties and how they will distribute preferences in each state and territory (where fielding candidates). Under each party name are listed the other parties in the order of where the featured parties will send their preferences. (Note that independent and ungrouped candidates have not been listed.)
The way a party distributes its preferences is by no means an absolute guide to its principles, but it does somewhat reflect an alignment of values with parties it preferences first. Some of the interesting observations and trends to arise from an analysis of the Group Voting Tickets for each state and territory include:
The ALP, through a
noteworthy preference-swap arrangement
, is preferencing the Greens first in every state and territory.
The Greens preference the Sex Party, which is essentially the political mouthpiece of the adult sex industry, second in Victoria and first in the Northern Territory.
The ALP preferences the Sex Party above Family First in every state where both of these two minor parties are contesting, except South Australia.
The Greens preference the Secular Party, which believes that “
religions are not only untrue but harmful to society
”, no lower than fourth in all states, and first in New South Wales.
The Coalition preferences both the CDP and Family First in the top three in each state where those two smaller parties are fielding candidates.
The preferences of CDP and Family First are relatively straightforward with both parties keen to attract the Christian vote. Although in a number of states they have both preferenced One Nation higher than the major parties, this seems to a degree due to wanting to place the Greens and the Sex Party lowest in the order.
(The complete Group Voting Tickets for the Senate are available from the
Australian Electoral Commission website
– simply follow the link to your respective state or territory from the homepage.)
Now it is important to point out that parties allocate their preference flows to best ensure their election and that they all preference all the other parties. However you might rightly question a party’s priorities and its philosophy of “the means justifying the ends,” in the order of preference allocation.
My final word
With the election so close, we have a PM who despite her atheist beliefs and membership of Emily’s List has sought as late as the last 24 hours to give her assurances on her support for traditional marriage and belief in the importance of Australia’s Christian heritage. While moving later than the Coalition, she has also agreed to support chaplaincy, and even more generously; and while not quite as unequivocally, to reviewing the classification system.
Tony Abbott comes into the election with a strong record of personal and public faith, particularly on life issues. The Coalition’s position on marriage and support for chaplaincy have never been in doubt and they have announced the appointment of an International Development Minister to give higher profile to aid within government. They too have committed to a comprehensive review of the classification system, but disappointingly for ACL, are opposed to the Government’s plan to filter RC material on the internet at ISP level.
The remaining policy positions are as they have been throughout the campaign on this site and for the major parties you will find general convergence on most social justice issues, but often a difference in approach, and particularly on homelessness which deserves study.
Don’t forget the importance of the Senate vote. The Greens do not for us provide a real alternative for the Christian voter, as much because of how they have misrepresented themselves to the constituency. This seems further confirmed by their preference deals outlined above. If you are seeking an alternative to the major parties in the Senate we suggest you look seriously at Family First and CDP.
The election is now nigh – please pray for God’s purpose and will to be accomplished.
Jim Wallace daily election blog – Wed Aug 18
· August 18, 2010 10:00 AM
By Jim Wallace, ACL Managing Director
As the final election week draws to a close and the need to place an informed vote for more Godly government draws closer, my main aim in these blogs is to highlight more recent announcements that we think might influence your decision and also on Thursday, to discuss the Senate.
I am sorry that I am one blog behind at the moment!
The Coalition has announced an initiative that will raise the profile of aid within government with the intention to appoint an International Development Minister. This will be very much welcomed by NGOs and has been something they had wanted to see. It should bring some compensation for their efforts on the part of the world’s poor, given the failure of either major party to commit to a definite timetable for applying the MDG’s target of .7% of GNI to set aid budgets beyond 2015. World Vision’s CEO
Tim Costello has welcomed the initiative
committed to close a loophole
in the regulation of the mobile phone industry that allows games and applications to go online without any classification. While ACL is unsure how the classification would be applied, as the number of games and applications going online is massive, there is at least an acknowledgement that this needs to be fixed – although part of the motivation is to capture the classification fees being avoided by the telcos.
There are quite a few areas where the major parties have differences at the edges. Some of these relate to differences in approach to a problem such as homelessness, where the Coalition would see its approach as directed more at the causes, particularly drugs and mental illness, while Labor would claim its policy is more direct intervention with investment in more low cost housing for instance –
see and compare the policies
Tomorrow I will discuss the all important Senate vote.
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