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MR: ACL releases interview with Tas Liberal Leader Will Hodgman
· February 24, 2014 11:00 AM
Monday, 24th February 2014
ACL has released an exclusive video interview with Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman about his position on issues of concern to Christians in the lead up to the state election.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Labor Premier Lara Giddings declined the opportunity to be interviewed but has said she would supply a written response to the questions.
Mr Brown said the 20 minute interview is available to watch on
“Mr Hodgman gives his position on a number of issues including unemployment, education, abortion, marriage, anti-discrimination, gambling, sexualisation of society and health,” he said.
If elected in March, Mr Hodgman gave an undertaking to amend anti-discrimination legislation to allow for a general exemption so faith-based schools would have the freedom to select staff and students who shared their ethos.
“On the issue of abortion, Mr Hodgman has indicated his concern at the legislation passed late last year which infringed on a doctor’s right to freedom of conscience,” Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown said ACL was providing opportunities for Christians to make an informed vote this election with its
Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast
event tomorrow and
Meet Your Candidate Forums
being held around the state over the next two weeks.
“Tomorrow’s business breakfast will discuss the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to strong Tasmanian families and communities with economist Professor Ian Harper, local innovator and business strategist Professor Jonathan West, and Mission Australia’s Noel Mundy,” he said.
“The five Meet Your Candidate Forums provide an opportunity for people to meet their local candidates and understand the values and ideas that they’ll bring to the job if elected,” he said.
The website also has a conscience vote history table of current sitting MPs showing how they voted on issues including surrogacy, marriage, adoption, abortion and euthanasia legislation in the past three years.
Mr Brown said the majority of Tasmanians identify themselves as being of the Christian faith.
“Elections are a good time for Christians to positively influence society through electing people of good character who share their desire to see a more moral, just and compassionate society,” he said.
Mr Hodgman’s interview and other election resources are available at
MR: ACL looks to post-Greens future for Tasmania
· January 16, 2014 11:00 AM
Thursday, January 16th 2014
Labor’s broken election promise on governing with the Greens has been disastrous for Tasmania and voters now had the opportunity to create a post-Greens future for the state, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown has welcomed the announcement today that Labor would split from its power-sharing alliance with the Greens.
Mr Brown said it was an absolute breach of trust for Labor to enter into an alliance with the Greens after the 2010 election and people would rightly be wary of today’s announcement, given how easily the same promise was breached in 2010.
“The decision by former Labor Premier David Bartlett to enter into an alliance despite clearly declaring before the election that he would “never do a deal with the devil” damaged Labor’s credibility and its ability to deliver good government,” he said.
“The state government of the last four years has focused a disproportionate amount of time on repeated attempts at radical social policy reform, due in part to the Greens influence, while the economy continues to suffer.
“This has not gone unnoticed by the electorate which walked away from the Greens at the last federal election. The Greens’ primary vote in Tasmania fell by around nine per cent in both the House of Representatives and senate from the 2010 election results.
“Voters last year indicated the desire for a post-Green era where governments could get on with the business of driving key areas like the economy and jobs unhindered by the Greens anti-industry handbrake and its obsession with redefining marriage.
“The end of the alliance in Tasmania provides Labor with an opportunity to start rebuilding its tarnished credibility. There are a substantial number of swinging voters in the Tasmanian Christian community who are looking for genuine options when it comes to who they vote for in March,” he said.
Mark Brown on the Political Spot about rejection to Tas euthanasia bill
· October 22, 2013 11:00 AM
Mark Brown is the Tasmanian State Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he discusses the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill which was voted down last week 13 to 11 votes after a 12 hour debate.
Tasmanian lower house rejects voluntary euthanasia bill - again
· October 22, 2013 11:00 AM
Last Thursday, the Tasmanian lower house rejected a bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia in the state.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, co-sponsored by Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim, was defeated 13 votes to 11.
Labor House of Assembly Members Michael Polley, Brian Wightman and Brenton Best joined the ten Liberals and voted against the legislation.
This is a great win for the dignity of human life, given the campaigning of euthanasia supporters in the week leading up to the debate, particularly on the part of right-to-die advocate Philip Nitschke.
Last month the Prime Minister Tony Abbott was asked about the legislation
and said he would prefer to keep to the status quo. He acknowledged the current practice between doctors and patients where pain relief is often administered which may, as a secondary effect, shorten life. This is not euthanasia because there is no intention to kill – its firstly focused on the comfort, symptom management and pain relief of the patient. Euthanasia and assisted suicide is the deliberate killing of someone by action or omission.
The Tasmanian government should be focussed on improving palliative care services.
Thank you to all of you who've been working, praying, and corresponding with MPs over this important issue. Your dedication to and support of the most vulnerable in our society does not go unnoticed.
If you're a Tasmanian resident, please take a few minutes to send a quick email to the MPs who opposed the legislation to thank them for their stand against this potentially dangerous bill.
For many years, parliaments across Australia have repeatedly rejected legalised voluntary euthanasia - South Australia in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Victoria in 2008, and Western Australian in 2010.
The last time euthanasia was debated in the Tasmanian Parliament was in 2009 when Greens MP Nick McKim’s Dying with Dignity Bill was resoundingly rejected 15 votes to 7.
ACL ran a
'Make a Stand' campaign
against the legislation in the lead up to its debate.
MR: Tas euthanasia bill – a sign of misaligned priorities
· October 01, 2013 10:00 AM
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) believes the latest attempt at legalising euthanasia in Tasmania is another indication of misaligned priorities.
“At a time when one would expect Labor to be distancing themselves from the Greens it appears Premier Lara Giddings has learned nothing from the last term of federal parliament where alignment with the Greens has damaged the Labor brand with mainstream voters,” said ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown.
Mr Brown said there seemed to be a correlation between the objectives of the Tasmanian Labor Government and the Greens’ national agenda.
“After the 2010 federal election, then Greens’ leader Bob Brown said his top two legislative priorities were to legalise same-sex marriage and euthanasia.
“It appears the Tasmanian Premier is following the Greens’ agenda when commentators suggest she clearly does not have the numbers to pass her joint euthanasia bill and in the case of same-sex marriage - reigniting a debate that was done and dusted last year and reconfirmed as a low-order issue with voters at the federal election,” he said.
“Those federal Labor MPs’ who recently lost their seats - some suggesting due in part to the animosity of Tasmanians to the Labor-Green State Government experiment - must be shaking their heads,” he said.
“Christian and other mainstream voters are looking for Labor to return to the sensible centre on social policy,” Mr Brown said.
Make a Stand' against euthanasia in Tasmania
· February 19, 2013 11:00 AM
For many years, parliaments across Australia have repeatedly rejected legalised voluntary euthanasia. South Australia in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Victoria in 2008, Western Australian 2010.
Despite this, Premier Lara Giddings and Greens MP Nick McKim are behind a new move to introduce euthanasia into the Tasmanian parliament. A discussion paper suggesting an assisted dying model of euthanasia was released on the 3rd February for public comment.
The last time euthanasia was debated in the Tasmanian parliament was in 2009 when Nick McKim's Dying with Dignity Bill was resoundingly rejected 15 votes to 7.
If you are a Tasmanian resident, we encourage you to make a submission to ACL's 'Make a Stand' campaign against the government introducing laws for euthanasia.
You can make a direct submission to Premier Lara Giddings.
Responses should be sent to: GPO Box 123, Hobart, Tasmania 7001 OR
Alternatively, you can send an email with your thoughts to your local parliamentary representative. To find out how and for more resources, visit
ACL's 'Make A Stand' campaign page.
A short euthanasia brief by the ACL is also available
or click on the picture above.
Mark Brown on the Political Spot
· February 05, 2013 11:00 AM
Mark Brown is the Tasmanian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the discussion paper released in the state on euthanasia.
MR: Tasmania’s proposed euthanasia laws a threat to society’s most vulnerable
· February 04, 2013 11:00 AM
Monday, February 4th, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has rejected claims by proponents of voluntary euthanasia that the assisted dying model proposed in a discussion paper released yesterday in Tasmania would be safe.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said parliaments around Australia have knocked back legalised euthanasia in the last four years because of fears euthanasia could never be made safe for vulnerable, sick and elderly patients.
“The relatively short experience of legalised euthanasia in the Northern Territory found safeguards to be ineffectual,” Mr Brown said. “A report looking into the practical outworking of the legislation stated ‘four of the ‘seven deaths in Darwin’ revealed prominent features of depression, highlighting its strong role in decision-making by those seeking euthanasia. Alarmingly, these patients went untreated by a system preoccupied with meeting the requirements of the Act’s schedules rather than delivering competent medical care to depressed patients’[i],” said Mr Brown.
“According to a Tasmanian Council of Social Services Report (TasCOSS) elder abuse is already a growing social problem affecting an estimated 4,000 elderly Tasmanians every year. With such legislation proposed there is still the possibility of coercion even with doctor assessments and cooling off periods,” Mr Brown said.
“We have no confidence in the proposed model put forward in preventing people being euthanised without their consent – as shown in Belgium after it allowed assisted suicide. A Canadian Medical Association study in 2010 found that 32 per cent of euthanasia deaths in Belgium are carried out without explicit request, even though it is legally required,” Mr Brown said.
“In 2002, Holland passed euthanasia legislation aimed only at those suffering with a terminal illness. Now, however, 20 per cent of doctors in Holland are willing to help a patient who is simply ‘tired of life’
“The Belgian government is now looking at amending its legislation to allow euthanasia of children and Alzheimer’s suffers.
“The compassionate response to suffering is care, not killing. We should be willing to journey with people through their struggles; this should be the value placed on human life in a caring society.
“Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim should be allocating resources into improving palliative care, not wasting parliamentary time and resources on debates that have already been had,” Mr Brown said.
Anglicans urge parliament to reject same-sex marriage bill
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 29 August, 2012
The Anglican Church in Tasmania has today urged Members of Parliament to reject the Premier’s same-sex marriage Bill, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday.
Assistant Bishop Ross Nicholson, said, “We are very disappointed that The Premier, Lara Giddings, has gone ahead with this legislation. It is a clear break of Labor’s promise made to Tasmanians before the 2010 election not to do this.”
Bishop Nicholson said, “The State of Tasmania already has an excellent tool that recognises diversity. Bishop John Harrower and the Anglican Church have always supported the existence of the Significant Relationships Register, but strongly reject this redefinition of marriage.
“The Premier's proposal is not about equality, it is about the redefinition of marriage itself. Such redefinition does not extend rights to a minority, it only imposes a novel and unnecessary view onto everyone. In an attempt to avoid the constraints of the Australian Constitution, the Premier is inventing an institution.
“The Bill attempts to deny the real distinction between two categories of relationship. The Government has failed to provide sufficient reasons as to why such a divisive and radical change in society should be rushed through Parliament without consulting the Tasmanian people.”
“This Bill, if it is passed, will increase the burden on our State. It will put a load on our bureaucracy and our judicial system. It reveals misplaced Government priorities at this time in Tasmania. The Premier's increasingly radical social agenda is not only ill-advised, but bewildering.”
Bishop Harrower is currently on leave. Bishop Nicholson may be contacted for comment using the details below.
MR: Tasmanian Premier in an ironic debacle
· August 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby said it is ironic that Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has promised a formal apology for forced adoptions in this session of Parliament, given her plan to legalise surrogacy for same-sex couples and singles.
The Premier has failed to recognise that, like forced adoptions, same-sex and single surrogacy will force a child to be severed from biological parents.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said it’s important to highlight the irony between the proposed surrogacy legislation and forced adoptions.
“Lara Giddings’ pledge to apologise for the injustices and deep hurt caused to mothers and children affected by forced adoptions should be applauded. It is, however, totally inconsistent that in the same session of Parliament, laws may be passed that perpetuate the same injustices for future Tasmanian children,” Mr Brown said.
“Who is going to apologise to these children in 20 years time for them being deprived of, or in some cases even knowing, a mother or father?
“Wherever possible, our government should, in the best interests of children, give them the right to at least begin life with their natural mother and father,” he said.
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