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MR: Dangerous effects of RU486 being ignored by Parliament as those advocating for right to life labelled ‘anti-women’
· October 10, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday 10 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its call for the evidence about the harms to women of the chemical abortion drug RU486 to be considered in light of a speech being made by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today promoting the drug.
ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis has expressed concern that both political parties are ignoring the evidence about the safety of RU486.
“It is imperative that our government take into consideration the hundreds of women who have suffered major health issues after taking this drug,” Ms Francis said.
In response to a question by Senator Boswell, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
told the Senate
earlier this year that since the drug was approved under the Authorised Provider Scheme in April 2006, there had been 832 reports of “adverse events” to women prescribed the drug.
“Of the 832 women, 599 required surgery to remove the poisoned embryo after the failure of the drug to induce a miscarriage.
“In 2010, a Melbourne woman tragically died after taking RU486. We need to ensure there is a coronial investigation into this tragedy before any licences are granted.
“Women facing unsupported pregnancies should not be given a dangerous chemical to poison them and their unborn child – they should be offered real choices, including the option of support for keeping their unborn child,” Ms Francis said.
ACL is alarmed that Ms Plibersek has associated herself with the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development – the host of today’s event – which holds extreme views about aborting the disabled to save money from the disability services budget (see their
to Senate Standing Committee, p. 10).
ACL is also concerned that the abortion debate has been dragged into the unseemly debate about sexism and misogyny in the Parliament.
“For Tony Abbott or any other person to be shut down in this debate about the health of women and life of unborn children and be labelled as ‘anti-women’ is a suppression of free debate,” Ms Francis said.
MR: ACL welcomes federal funding for Queensland Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service
· October 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the announcement by the federal Labor Government that it will provide emergency funding for the Queensland Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS).
The announcement means that the Service, which provides assistance and advice to 80,000 Queensland households each year, will be able to continue helping vulnerable tenants after Premier Campbell Newman announced that the State Government was withdrawing all funding.
“This important service assists some of society’s most vulnerable families right across the state,” ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said.
“Some budget cuts may be necessary to address Queensland’s economic woes but TAAS provides an essential service which actually saves the government money in the long run by keeping people in private residences and reducing the need for public housing,” she said.
The ACL commends the role played by Federal Labor Member for Blair Shayne Neumann in securing the funding.
“Mr Neumann recognises the importance of this service in preventing homelessness and federal Labor is to be commended for ensuring it can continue,” Ms Francis said.
MR: Injecting illicit drugs is never safe
· October 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Victorian Government's rejection of calls for a drug injecting trial in Melbourne.
ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said injecting illicit drugs is never safe and that Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge was right to stick to the Government’s election promise to oppose such a trial.
Mr Flynn said that
by Drug Free Australia into the Sydney supervised injecting facility found that for every user injecting in the “safe” rooms they inject elsewhere a further 34 times.
“Given that every injection is dangerous the proposed facility would not offer any effective protection.”
“Reduction in drug trafficking and drug related crime will only be achieved by rehabilitating addicts towards drug free status, not maintaining them in their addiction,” Mr Flynn said.
“The Sydney facility is estimated to cost in excess of $2.5m a year to run. That money would be more appropriately spent on programs to get addicts off drugs, including funding drug rehabilitation beds.”
A report by Dr Andrew Byrne in 2006 (cited in the Drug Free Australia report, p. 2) into the Sydney facility reveals that drugs regularly injected included heroin, ‘ice’ and cocaine.
Mr Flynn said that there was little evidence from assessments of the Sydney facility that drug users had been effectively referred to programs that helped them end their addiction.
“The message that injecting rooms send is that injecting is ok and can be safe. This is not a message we should be sending out to Victoria’s young people,” he said.
Drug Free Australia’s
of the Final Report of the Evaluation of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) reveals that the “overdose rate in the injecting room was 36 times higher than on the streets of Kings Cross."
Australia is obliged by International treaties to reduce demand for illicit drugs.
The United Nations International Narcotic Control Board, in a 2001
“. . . the operation of such facilities, where addicts inject themselves with illicit substances, condones Illicit drug use and drug trafficking and runs counter to the provisions of the international drug treaties.” (Para. 559)
Apart from the one facility in Sydney, no other Australian State or Territory has supported injecting rooms.
“The AMA should not be supporting such initiatives but instead investigating ways to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts,” Mr Flynn said.
“The Victorian Government should investigate the successful Swedish approach to illicit drugs. Key elements of the Swedish model are mandatory drug rehabilitation for those found addicted to drugs and strong policing of street selling.”
MR: Three year campaign to redefine marriage fails to persuade Parliamentarians
· September 28, 2012 10:00 AM
Friday, September 28, 2012
Last night’s failure in Tasmania of yet another same-sex marriage bill is further proof that the Greens and gay activists have failed to persuade Parliamentarians of the merits of redefining marriage.
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Jim Wallace said State and Federal politicians should now be allowed to get on with the business of government instead of continually being distracted by the Greens’ tactic of legislation by fatigue.
“Despite three years of favourable media coverage, co-opting celebrities, three Federal Parliamentary inquiries and numerous bills, the activists have failed to persuade elected representatives of the merits of such a radical cultural change,” Mr Wallace said.
“Parliamentarians in Canberra and now Tasmania have carefully considered the consequences of redefining marriage over the past three years and are not persuaded.
“The Greens and the activists should respect their considered decision and now allow governments to govern.”
MR: Decisive Senate votes 41-26 in favour of keeping the Marriage Act intact
· September 20, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Jim Wallace said today’s 41-26 vote in the Senate against same-sex marriage means the Parliament has now expressed a decisive view on the matter.
“The Greens should respect the wishes of the Parliament and drop their remaining two bills.
“Everyone has had enough of this debate,” Mr Wallace said.
“It has been one of the most vitriolic campaigns I have ever seen and it has demonised so many good people out of the public square, such as Victoria’s chief psychiatrist Kuravilla George, who lost his job as a member of Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Commission because he supported marriage.”
Mr Wallace repeated calls for Attorney General Nicola Roxon to defend the Commonwealth Marriage Act against Greens moves in State Parliament to introduce competing same-sex marriage bills.
“It is not in the interests of the nation to have a hodge-podge of marriage laws.
“The Greens and gay activists should respect the Commonwealth’s marriage power instead of continually abusing the processes of state and territory legislatures to achieve a rolling campaign for homosexual marriage.
“They have had a fair go, it is time to move on,” Mr Wallace said.
MR: ACL welcomes end of marriage debate
· September 19, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has thanked all MPs who supported marriage in today’s vote in the House of Representatives.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said it had been a long debate and he believed the vast majority of Australians were keen to move on.
“I would like to thank the Opposition for keeping its election promise and for all those members of Labor who, as a matter of conscience, voted to ensure that marriage remained between a man and a woman,” Mr Wallace said.
MR: Leading UK QC warns teachers who refuse to teach gay marriage will be sacked
· September 11, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its concern about the consequences of same-sex marriage after a
senior UK QC advised
that teachers could possibly be sacked for refusing to endorse it in the classroom.
An expert on religious freedom and human rights, Aidan O’Neill also advised that parents would not be able to pull their children out of lessons if they object to them being taught about gay marriage.
“It is naïve for our government to think that religious freedom would not be challenged in Australia if the definition of marriage is changed,” ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
Not only does Mr O’Neill mention the influence it would have on education systems, he also refers to the most serious consequence being felt within the church where vicars and priests could be taken to court if they refuse to conduct a gay marriage ceremony.
“The Government must bring this issue to a head through a vote in the Parliament next week,” Mr Wallace said.
“It is totally irresponsible for a government to create a legal vulnerability to people in the exercise of their fundamental human right of religious freedom and conscience.”
MR: Christian leaders urge Parliament to protect the definition of marriage
· September 10, 2012 10:00 AM
Sunday 9 September 2012
With Parliamentary debate on marriage beginning again tomorrow in Canberra, 19 of Australia’s denominational leaders and 267 other church leaders have urged the Parliament to protect the Marriage Act.
The leaders have signed a joint statement calling for the Act to remain unchanged.
There are four bills to change the definition of marriage before the Parliament, two of which are expected to be voted on in coming weeks.
“Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children,”
The statement says.
Joint Statement on the Significance of Marriage
Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children.
As Christian leaders representing different denominations or churches, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage. We honour the unique love between husbands and wives; the vital place of fathers and mothers in the life of children; and the corresponding ideal for all children to know the love and role modelling of a father and mother.
Marriage thus defined is a great good in itself, and it also serves the good of others and society, as it has done for thousands of years. The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is therefore not a special or limited interest, but serves the common good, particularly the good of children.
We call on Parliament to:
protect this definition of marriage in Australian law, and
not change the meaning of marriage by adding to it different kinds of relationships.
MEDIA INQUIRIES TO SIGNATORIES
Pastor Wayne Alcorn, National President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
The Most Reverend Peter Jensen, Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney, ANGLICAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Tim Jack, National Leader, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastor David McDonald, National Chairman, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE AUSTRALIA
His Eminence Cardinal George Pell AC, Archbishop of Sydney, CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
Pastor Mark Connor, Senior Minister, CITYLIFE CHURCH
Reverend Dr Margaret Court, Senior Pastor, VICTORY LIFE CENTRE INCORPORATED
Very Rev Dr Michael Protopopov OAM, Australian & New Zealand Diocese, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE RUSSIA
Pastor Bill Vasilakis, National Chairman, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
The Right Reverend David Jones, Moderator General, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
His Grace Bishop Suriel, Diocese of Melbourne & Affiliated Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Tadros El-Bakhoumi, Diocese of Sydney & Affiliation Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Commissioner James Condon, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY EASTERN TERRITORY
Commissioner Raymond Finger, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN TERRITORY
Pastor Ken Vogel, General Secretary, Australian Union Conference, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Pastor Graham Nelson, Senior Minister, LIFE MINISTRY CENTRE
The Most Reverend Denis Hart, President, AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
Reverend Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director, AUSTRALIAN BAPTIST MINISTRIES, BAPTIST UNION OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Father Abram Abdelmalek, Parish Priest, HEAD OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF WA
Pastor Gloria J Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
Senior Elder Barry K Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
Pastor Andrew Allinson, Associate Pastor, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
Pastor Faamanuia Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
Pastor Ruta Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
Pastor David Alston, LIVING HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, A FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH
Pastor Craig Anderson, Senior Pastor, PLENTY VALLEY CHURCH
Reverend Matthew Anstey, GOLD COAST CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Pastor Keith Applegate, KENMORE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Andrew Appleton, LOGAN CITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Father Matthew Attia, ST GEORGE CHURCH KENSINGTON, NSW
Pastor Ray Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
Anne Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
Reverend Father Paula Elkomos Balamon, POPE SHENOUDA COPTIC CENTRE, LONG POINT NSW
Reverend Peter Barber, ST ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TOWNSVILLE (PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIAN IN QLD)
Pastor Russell Barker, ROCKY CAPE FAMILY CHURCH, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastors John and Jenny Barnes, HOUSE OF THE ROCK CHURCH, GISBORNE
Reverend Father Arsanious Barsoum, THE APOSTLE & ST ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Reverend Father Youhanna Bastawrous, ST MARY & ST MERCURIOUS CHURCH, RHODES NSW
Reverend Jay Beatty, CHUWAR BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Barry Benz, GATTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastors Brian and Annette Bernays, C3 CHURCH TAMWORTH
Pastor Lorenzo Berry, HERVEY BAY & MARYBOROUGH SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES
Reverend Stuart Bonnington, SCOTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FREMANTLE
Pastors Paul and Trischa Botha, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Reverend Noel Bowditch, Rector, THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF BURNIE
Pastors Mark and Rina Bowhay, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Father Anastasios Bozikis, GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF ST GEORGE, BRISBANE
Pastor B.E. Bramblet, FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH QLD
Reverend Andrew J Bray, Immediate Past Moderator PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VICTORIA & Interim Moderator, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH GEELONG
Captain Dale Brooks, Corps Officer, Northside Corps, THE SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY
Pastors Roger and Linda Brown, MORNING STAR MINISTRIES, QLD
Pastor Philip Brown, PORT CITY CHURCH
Elder Ken Bruce, COC BASSENDEAN
Reverend Tony Burgum, FERNTREE GULLY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Philip Burns, BENDIGO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor Gordon Busse, CALOUNDRA CITYLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Cameron Butcher, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BALLARAT
Reverend David Butterfield, JIMBOOMBA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Murray Campbell, Lead Pastor, MENTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Mike Cardy, LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHURCH, LANCELIN
Reverend Greg Carle, KANGAROO FLAT BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
Pastor Bruce Chant, Executive Pastor, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Pastor Geoff Charles, SPRINGWOOD CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastors Charmayne and Steven Chinnery, SIGNS MINISTRIES
Pastor Steve Christian, TOOWOOMBA NORTH CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Malcolm Clard, MERREDIN CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Josh Cocks, BEAUDESERT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Greg Coleman, Associate Pastor, DESTINY CHURCH, CABOOLTURE
Pastor Dean Comeford, GYMPIE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Kerry Connell, Executive Pastor, SOUTH BANK BAPTIS CHURCH
Pastor Peter Constantine, RIVERCITY FAMILY CHURCH
Pastor Ken Conwell, BEENLEIGH & DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
Pastor Tim Cooper, LIFEHOUSE CHURCH, MAITLAND
Pastor Andrew Corbett, LAGANA CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Pastor Dermot Cottuli, Tasmanian State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (ACC)
Reverend Warren Crank, NORTHREACH BAPTIST CHURCH, TOWNSVILLE
Pastor Mike Cronin, Australian Missions Director, CRC CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
Pastor Daron Crothers, C2C Minister, LIFESTREAMS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, SOUTH PERTH
Pastor Greg Cumming, KING'S CHRISTIAN CENTRE, GOLD COAST
Pastor Shayne Cunningham, COASTWIDE CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Millin Curtis, CONNECT CHURCH CABOOLTURE, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Pastors Nigel and Margaret Darch, THE LIFE CENTRE CHURCH, BROADBEACH, GOLD COAST, QLD
Pastor Paul Dare, MUNDUBBERA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Michael Dasey, GUNGAHLIN ANGLICAN CHURCH
Thomas Davenport, National Leader, DADS IN FAMILIES FOUNDATION
Reverend Dr Max Davidson, MALYON COLLEGE
Pastor Fred Davis, ACACIA RIDGE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Kevan Denny, SUNNYBANK CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Father Mina Diskoros, ST. ABRAM CHURCH MACQUARIE FIELDS, NSW
Reverend Bruce Docker, ANNERLEY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Chris Downes SILVERDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Jonathan Downs, Assistant Pastor, CALVARY CHAPEL UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, CANBERRA ACT
Pastor John W Downs, General Superintendent, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Dr Mark Durie, Vicar, ST MARY'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CAULFIELD VIC
Reverend Tim Dyer, KILSYTH SOUTH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Bill Eckersley, DALBY BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Barry Edwards, LONGREACH BAPTIST CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Augustinos El-Antony, ST. ABU NOFER CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Reverend Father Misael El-Antony, ST. MARY & ST. SIDHOM BESHAY CHURCH, DURAL NSW
Reverend Father Stephanos El-Antony, ST. MOSES THE MIGHTY & ST'S MAXIMOUS & DOMADIOS CHURCH, GOULBURN NSW
Reverend Father Moussa El-Antony, ST. MINA & ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, COOPERPLAINS QLD
Reverend Rowan Evans, Associate Pastor, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
Pastor Karl Faase, GYMEA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Christian Fandrich, REDEEMER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
Pastor George Ferguson, WATER OF LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, MOUNT ISA QLD
Reverend Geoff Findlay, WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BELCONNEN
Pastor Dom Fiocco, WODEN VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH
Reverend Peter Francis, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
Pastor Peter Frogley, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
Pastors Steve and Grace Fuhrmann, GOOD NEWS CHURCH, BUNBURY
Reverend Father Hanna Gad, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANSIOS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
Reverend Father Basilios Gad, ST. PAUL & ST. REWAIS CHURCH, COLAROY NSW
Reverend Dr Chris Ganter, ROCKHAMPTON BAPTIST TABERNACLE
Pastor Steven Gellatly, MURGON DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Larry Gibb, CHURCH OF CHRIST, KALGOORLIE WA
Pastors Paul and Robyn Glazbrook, COVENANT FAMILY CHURCH, SA
Pastor Garth Grant, MONTMORENCY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Father Abdelmessieh Guirgis, ST. MARY & ST. BAKHOMIOS CHURCH, KIRRAWEE NSW
Reverend Geoff Haase, CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE
Very Reverend Father Pavlos Hanna, ST. ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Pastor David Helyar, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN SA
Pastor Barry Henderson, TOWNSVILLE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH INC.
Pastor Damien Heres, DREAMBUILDERS CHURCH, SMITHTON
Pastor V.L. Hinds, TAMAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Reverend Paul Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Tracy Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Patrick Humberston, CORNERSTONE CHURCH
Reverend Matt Hunt, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Pastor John Hunt, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, QLD/NT
Reverend Father Athanasios Ibrahim, ST. MARY & ST. COSMAN & DEMIAN CHURCH, HARRIS PARK NSW
Pastor Adrian Iles, AGNES WATER BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr Paul Inglis, UNITING CHURCH COMMUNITY MINISTER, QLD
Reverend Rob Isaachsen, Founder, TRANSFORMING MELBOURNE
Reverend Father Jonathan Ishak, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Very Reverend Father Rafael Iskander, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
Pastor Paul Jackson, PARK RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Lance Jackson JP, GLEN INNES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor Debra Jenkins, APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL FAITH CHURCH
Pastor Royree Jensen, RIVER OF LIFE CITY CHURCH
Pastor Stephen Jobe, M CITY CHURCH, MARYBOROUGH QLD
Pastor Roy John Johnston, NCCC
Reverend Kim L Jones, LIBERTY FAMILY CHURCH, GOSFORD NSW
Elder Norman Kalagayan, JESUS IS LORD CHURCH, CANBERRA
Reverend Charles Kennedy, ULVERSTONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Peter Kentley, Convenor, RIVER OF LIFE CONFERENCE
Very Reverend Father Macros Khela, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
Rueben Kositsin, SLAVIC EVANGELICAL FULL GOSPEL CHURCH OF TASMANIA
Pastor Candance Lahr, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Reverend Grant Lawry, CANTERBURY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Clinton Le Page, DONVALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Murray Lean, CITY NORTH BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr Morris Lee, GATEWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Gary Lockyer, KNOX COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Dr David Loder, General Superintendent, QUEENSLAND BAPTISTS
Reverend Albert Loder, BUNDABERG BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Dr David Logan, ARMIDALE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Wayne Lyons, HIGH STREET CHURCH, QUEANBEYAN
The Ven Peter MacPherson, Archdeacon of Box Hill, Senior Minister, ST. ALFRED'S BLACKBURN NORTH
Very Reverend Father Yacoub Magdy, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Reverend Father David Mahrous, VIRGIN MARY CHURCH, CALAMVALE QLD
Pastor Slawomir Malarek, EDENS LANDING SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Reverend Allan Male, CHURCH OF CHRIST, BOONDALL QLD
Very Reverend Father Luke Malik, ST. MARY & ST. MARINA CHURCH, PENRITH NSW
Reverend Father Shenouda Mansour, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILDFORD NSW
Pastor Eric Marquez, JESUS IS LORD, CANBERRA
Pastor Ed Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Jenny Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Russell Matthews, Associa e Pastor, WINDSOR ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
Colonel Wayne Maxwell, Chief Secretary, THE SALVATION ARMY, AUSTRALIAN EASTERN TERRITORY
Reverend Dr Edgar Mayer, LIVING GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
Pastor David McAllan, ECHUCA COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Stuart McClelland, President, FULL GOSPEL CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Garry McDonald, METRO CHURCH
Reverend Ian McIver, CALOUNDRA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor John McMartin, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN NSW
Lewis C McMaster, Director, EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS & MINISTRIES INC.
Pastor Tim McMenamin, SANCTUARY PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST, NAMBOUR
Pastor Sandy McMillan, ST. AIDAN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA
Reverend Frank Meijer, FAITHPOINT, SHELLHARBOUR NSW
Very Reverend Father Michael Michael, ST. MARY & ST. MINA CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
Pastors Gary and Gloria Middleton, HOLYROUND MINISTRIES, WA
Alexander Minchenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, SYNDEY NSW
Pastor Don Modarelli, NORTHERN BEACHES PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEACON HILL NSW
Pastor Duncan Moody, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
Pastor Rod Morris, ST. STEPHEN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, GREYTHORN NORTH BALWYN
Reverend Vivian Morse, WYNYARD BAPTIST CHURCH, TASMANIA
Pastor Lyall Muller, GLADSTONE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Gary Mulquiney, KAMBAH ANGLICAN CHURCH
Reverend Father Augustinos Nada, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Reverend Father George Nakhil, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANASIOUS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
Leonid Nehoroshev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, GOLD COAST QLD
Dr Haydn Nelson, RIVERVIEW CHURCH, PERTH
Pastor Larry Nelson, GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH, WANNEROO WA
Reverend Doug Newman, ST. PAUL'S, SPENCE ACT
Pastor Wayne Nichols, HARVEST CHRISTIAN CENTRE & GRACE CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Pastor Jenny Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Steve Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Rob Nyhuis, SOUTH EASTERN CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Pastor Jonathan Oastler, CITILIFE CHURCH TOOWOOMBA (CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE)
Reverend David O'Brien, WAVERLEY BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
Pastor Maurie O'Connell, HOUSE OF GOD CHURCH, JERRABOMBERRA
Pastor Eddie Olsen, TUMUT VALLEY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Pastors Tim and Sharon O'Neill, Senior Leaders, NEW DIRECTIONS, LAUNCESTON TAS
Pastor Mark Oommen, VICTORY LIFE CHURCH, BROOME
Pastor Phil Oster, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
Pastor David Palmer, BELIEVE CHURCH, QLD
Reverend Neil Pattemore, FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Pastor Ruth Peckman, TOOWOOMBA COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Minister Greg Peisley, PITT TOWN ANGLICAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Geoff Pengilly, NORTH BELCONNEN BAPTIST
Pastor Randy Perkins, NORTHPOINTE BAPTIST CHURCH, GUNGAHLIN ACT
Reverend Stewart Pieper, GLADSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Peter Pilt, Senior Pastor, COC, NOWRA NSW
Pastor Andy Pitt, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Pastor Matt Prater, NEW HOPE BRISBANE
Pastor Stuart Quarterman, Campus Pastor, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Father Peter B Quin, ST. IGNATIUS PARISH, TOOWONG
Very Reverend Father Georgious Ramandious, ST. GORGE & PRINCE TADROS CHURCH, LIVERPOOL NSW
Reverend Dr Andrew Reid, Lead Pastor, HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH, VIC
Reverend Steve Roberts, ALBION PARK ANGLICAN CHURCH
Reverend Brian Robertson, CORAL COAST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, A BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY
Reverend David Rock, CHURCH BY THE BAY, PORTARLINGTON
Pastor Steve Rodda, HORNSBY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Bob Rogers, STAFFORD HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
Pastor Len Rossow, GENESIS CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Pastor Moa Sailor, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEULAH CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Tadros Samaan, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILFORD NSW
Reverend Ashley Saunders, IPSWICH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Richard Schoenmaker, MT EVELYN CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Pastor Darryl Schwarz, SPIRIT SONG CHURCH, HORSHAM VIC
Reverend Father James Sculy, THE FOUR INCORPOREAL CREATURES CHURCH, NINGI QLD
Reverend Craig Semple, PHILLIP ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Graeme R Semple, MOOLAP BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Ian Shelton, TOOWOOMBA CITY CHURCH
Pastor Malcolm Shooter, DUBBO CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE & GILGANDRA CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Reverend Ian Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Diane Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Gifford Smith, WITHCOTT CHURCH OF CHRIST
Very Reverend Father Moussa Soliman, ST. ABRAM CHURCH, PEAKHURST NSW
Pastor Victor Soo, REACH COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Treverendor Springate, CHRISTIAN VICTORY CENTRE, WARWICK QLD
Pastor Jenny Spyve, RIVERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Sean Stanton, CANBERRA CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE, ACT
Pastor Dale Stephenson, CROSSWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Keith Stevenson, HERVEY BAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Don Stewart, BUNDAMBA & SPRINGFIELD OASIS CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Ron Stocks, CALOUNDRA CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Peter Sweetman, BRIDGEMAN BAPTIST COMMUNITY CHURCH
Gregory Tarasenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ORANGE NSW
Pastor Carneliu Telegaru, RISING SUN INTERNATIONAL, CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN QLD
Reverend Stephen Thomas, STANLEY RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Peter M Thompson, VISION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Church Elder Bruce Thomson, TUGGERANONG PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ACT
Reverend Peter Tuchyna, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA INC. IN ACT
Pastor Richard Utber, NOWRA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Russell van Delden, ARUNDEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Nico Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Marcel Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Ivan Vinaev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ADELAIDE SA
Pastor Trevor B Vinnell, SOUTHLAKES CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP INC.
Pastor Glen Vonhoff, CHURCH OF CHRIST, MURGON
Very Reverend Father Samuel Wadie, ST. MARY CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
Reverend Father Mattaous Wahba, ST. MINA & ST. ANTHONY CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Pastor Myles Waldron, MACKAY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Neil Walthew, Rector, ST. PETER'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, WANNEROO
Pastor Simon Ward, ARANA HILLS CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Keith Ware, BYFORD BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Neil Warner, THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, BURLEIGH HEADS, GOLD COAST QLD
Pastor John Warwick, WA ACC STATE PRESIDENT
Reverend Father Yastos Wasef, ST. MARY & ST. JOHN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA NSW
Martin Weatherston, Authorised Marriage Celebrant, ZEBULUN HOME FELLOWSHIPS, WA
Reverend John Westendrop, Moderator, CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Geoff Westlake, CHEERS NEIGHBOURS NETWORK
Pastor Graham Wheat, COOMERA CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Pastor Rodney Whitford, WESTERN PORT CHRISTIAN FAMILY CHURCH, TYABB VIC
Pastor Bruce Wilding, WONDAI BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Nathanael Wood, SEAVIEW CHURCH
Pastor Anthony Woodward, CANNON HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Martin Woodward, SOUTHERNLIFE CHURCH INC. NSW
David Worboys, Warden, ST. MARTIN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, NSW
Pastor David Wright, CAIRNS FAMILY CHURCH, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
Hank Wurtz, HUTTERITE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, DETENTION RIVER TAS
Very Reverend Father Bishoy Yassa, ST. MARY & ST. ABU SEFEIN CHURCH, CONCORD NSW
Reverend Father Gabriel Yassa, ARCHANGEL MICHAEL CHURCH, MT. DRUITT NSW
Pastor Li Fang Zhou, CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH IN CANBERRA
ACL declines Kennett offer to replace PM at conference
· September 08, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Saturday, September 8, 2012
The ACL has politely declined Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett’s offer to replace the Prime Minister at its National Conference.
Mr Wallace said Mr Kennett had also been the victim of aggressive gay activist bullying after he wrote a column in the Herald Sun saying: “
there is no substitute for parents of both genders
“Unlike Mr Kennett, who
funding was threatened
, ACL stands by its principles that kids should wherever possible have the opportunity to be raised by their biological mother and father,” Mr Wallace said.
“I’m not sure what purpose would be served in having Jeff Kennett speak. This is a man who compromised his principles in the face of the aggressive gay activist campaign against him,” Mr Wallace said.
“At ACL truth is not something to be compromised for political or financial favour.”
MR: PM’s withdrawal from ACL conference a blow to constituency, win for aggressive gay activists
· September 06, 2012 10:00 AM
Thursday 6 September 2012
The Prime Minister’s decision to withdraw from the Australian Christian Lobby’s national conference is based on inaccurate media reporting and misrepresentation by gay activists.
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Jim Wallace said the decision would come as a deep disappointment to Australia’s Christian constituency.
“This is a victory for the relentless campaign of demonization against anyone who would challenge the gay activists’ agenda in the public square.”
Mr Wallace said at no stage did he say that “smoking is healthier than gay marriage”, as reported by some media.
“What I did say is that heterosexual sex and homosexual sex are different and have different health consequences. They should not be packaged the same way as marriage because, as just one of many reasons, they are different.
“If we warn against smoking because it carries health dangers, we should also be warning young people in particular about activity which clearly carries health risks,” Mr Wallace said.
“The experience in places like Massachusetts is that it is very difficult to have this conversation where the lifestyle is held to be the equal of marriage.”
Mr Wallace rejected the characterisation of himself and the ACL as heartless.
“This is a blow to free speech of which there will be even greater pressure if the definition of marriage is changed,” Mr Wallace said.
“It is disappointing that the Prime Minister has acted so hastily on the basis of misreporting and false information from gay activists.”
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