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ACL holds Labor to R18+ games election promise
· April 16, 2010 10:00 AM
Friday April 16, 2010
The Australian Christian Lobby has written to South Australian Premier Mike Rann over concerns his Government may be on the verge of breaking its first election commitment.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace has told Mr Rann he is concerned by media reports that new Attorney General John Rau may be about to drop the SA Government’s opposition to allowing violent interactive computer games in to Australia.
In response to a pre-election questionnaire sent to all Parties, SA State Secretary Michael Brown, responded on behalf of Labor saying: “The State Government has consistently opposed calls to introduce an R18+ classification for computer games due to the potential the harm that violent computer games can have on children.”
In his letter to Mr Brown, Mr Wallace says: “Any reasonable and fair-minded person is entitled to accept this response as meaning that the ALP, if re-elected, would continue its consistent opposition to the call to introduce an R18+ classification.”
However, Mr Rau has told the media “the response was given before the election and before he took over” and that he “has not yet made a decision on the issue”.
“The whole point of a pre-election questionnaire was to get a response before the election,” Mr Wallace said.
“If Labor was planning to change its policy, its response to our questionnaire was its opportunity.
“Instead it gave a response that could only lead fair-minded people to conclude that Labor was concerned by the impact of these games on children and that its opposition to lifting the ban would be maintained after the election.
“Any change would fuel the fire of public cynicism about politicians and their promises and this is not in the interests of a new Government or the people who elected it.
“We certainly hope this is some sort of mistake by Mr Rau and that the Government will urgently confirm its pre-election commitment,” Mr Wallace said.
The full question and full answer were posted on www.savotes.org and publicised widely to the Christian constituency before the election.
Media Contact – Lyle Shelton 0448 602 878
ACL urges Labor not to trample children’s rights
· February 10, 2010 11:00 AM
For release: February 10, 2010
With debate about to start today on the Surrogacy Bill 2009, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has written to all Queensland Labor and Independent MPs urging them to do what is right and delay and split the bill so that surrogacy for single adults and same-sex couples is considered separately.
“It is wrong, and an act of little less than deceit, that the Bligh Government is making the pretence of this being a conscience vote, while refusing to split the government bill to allow any real choice on whether to support heterosexual altruistic surrogacy without supporting surrogacy for homosexuals and singles,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace wrote in the letter to Labor MPs.
Mr Wallace today said that he had written the letters to ensure that Labor and Independent MPs understood the gravity of concern about the surrogacy legislation and carefully weighed up their position.
“We are so concerned that the best interests of the child are being overridden by this legislation that we will be carefully monitoring how individual MPs vote on the surrogacy bill and considering our political response in the context of the next election,” he said.
Below is the full text of Mr Wallace’s letter:
”I am writing this urgent letter in the hope that you will honour the fundamental right of children in Queensland to at least begin life with the complementary love and care of a mother and a father.
It is a reality in this world that there are things that are right and things that are wrong. What your government is proposing is very wrong.
It is wrong to the point of being a breach of your most sacred duty, demanded by both convention and international law, that you only ever act in the best interests of the child in public policy.
It is wrong that the timing of this bill being tabled and voted on was contrived so that the great majority of constituents with genuine concerns about this legislation were unable to discuss them with their elected representative because they were on holidays.
It is wrong, and an act of little less than deceit, that the Bligh Government is making the pretence of this being a conscience vote, while refusing to split the government bill to allow any real choice on whether to support heterosexual altruistic surrogacy without supporting surrogacy for homosexuals and singles. You well know that the Opposition Bill does not give your people a real choice given the onventions on party loyalty on Opposition bills.
It is wrong, that this is being done as a matter of ideology against the majority opinion of Queenslanders, and instead is a response to the political demands of the gay and lesbian rights lobby which cannot even claim to represent the majority of the homosexual community, itself only around 2% of the population.
It is wrong that through this bill, children and their inalienable right to a father and mother will become another casualty in the relentless push by this unrepresentative political movement to “normalise” their relationships, which clearly are not normal as the inability to procreate naturally proves.
It is wrong to add to this offence against children, by including the fabrication of “birth” certificates to exclude a child’s biological parents by this legislation.
It is wrong that voting for the whole bill has been presented as necessary to avoid seeing desperate couples go to jail, when the deterrents for breaking the law could easily have been framed so as to avoid this happening, perhaps by focussing on fines for the provider of the service.
But it is entirely right, even at this late stage, for you to let the Premier know that you are not happy with the choice before you and demand that further consideration of this Bill be delayed until it can be split and offer real choice.
I pray that you will decide to do what is right.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
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