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MR: Government must act to stop the fabrication of kids' birth certificates
· May 29, 2014 10:00 AM
For release: Friday May 30, 2014
A Queensland judge's ruling that children's birth certificates be fabricated
underscores the urgent need for legislative reform to protect the rights of kids, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL's Queensland director Wendy Francis said Justice Ann Lyons' ruling to eliminate two children's biological fathers from their birth certificates was lying to the children about their origins and denying them their human rights under international law.
"Governments have a duty to always act in the best interest of the child. Justice Lyons' ruling means urgent legislative changes are needed to put the rights of children ahead of the desires of adults," Ms Francis said.
Article 7 of the United Nations Rights of the Child
says that "children have the right to know their parents and as far as possible be cared for by them".
Ms Francis said the LNP promised to amend the Surrogacy Act to protect the rights of children and urged the Government to meet its election commitment.
Recent parliamentary inquiries in New South Wales and Victoria and a Senate inquiry had all found that donor conceived children had been severely traumatised by not knowing their biological origins.
CDP's Fred Nile discusses NSW gambling inquiry he is chairing
· March 11, 2014 11:00 AM
Fred Nile is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he discusses a gambling inquiry which he is chairing.
Monthly newsletter - December 2013
· December 16, 2013 11:00 AM
The ACL’s monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton, is out now. This month’s newsletter includes stories on same-sex marriage in NSW, abortion in Tasmania, and chaplaincy in Queensland. Click
to read the December newsletter.
NSW lower house passes grevious bodily harm offence for unborn
· November 21, 2013 11:00 AM
Foetal rights bill Zoe’s Law today passed its first significant hurdle as the bill makes its way through the New South Wales Parliament. The bill was put to a conscience vote in the Legislative Assembly and was passed by a margin of 63 votes to 26.
Zoe’s Law seeks to extend the offence of grievous bodily harm to an unborn child. If the bill is passed by both houses of parliament, it would be the first time in NSW law that the separate personhood of an unborn child has been recognised in in confined circumstances.
The bill is named in honour of Zoe Donegan who was stillborn after her mother Brodie, then 36 weeks pregnant, was hit by a car.
Opponents of the bill have criticised it as an attack on abortion rights, despite the fact the bill explicitly has no impact on medical procedures.
Zoe's Law will now be sent to the Legislative Council where Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile will have carriage of the bill.
Emails to politicians impacted NSW vote on same-sex marriage
· November 21, 2013 11:00 AM
Comments from Members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) during last week’s debate on same-sex marriage in New South Wales Legislative Council, which was defeated by a margin of 21 votes to 19, shows grassroots activism played a part in the vote.
Many MLCs spoke to the bill. The Nationals Richard Colless
told the parliament
that while he had received almost 4,000 emails opposing the bill he had only received 500 emails from constituents asking him to support the change.
Mr Colless also quote a legal opinion commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby and provided by Neville Rochow SC and F C Brohier and other legal experts which highlighted significant technical flaws in the legislation.
Labor MLC Greg Donnelly defended the right of members to approach the marriage debate from a religious standpoint.
“Just because a person holds religious convictions to assist them in forming opinions—indeed, their conscience—does not lead to the conclusion that their position is suspect and should be discounted or dismissed out of hand,” he said.
Prior to the parliamentary debate, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced he would not support a state-based marriage bill, despite being a supporter of same-sex marriage. Christian Democratic Party Leader Fred Nile
he had urged Mr O’Farrell to make his position known publicly. Rev Nile said the Premier’s announcement was the decisive moment in the debate.
“It certainly had an effect on some Coalition members and that was the reason I asked him to issue the statement,” Mr Nile said.
The bill’s defeat in the Legislative Council means it will not proceed to the lower house.
Hansard of the two-day debate can be viewed via these two links below.
How each MLC voted
Jan Barham (Grn), Jeremy Buckingham (Grn), Sophie Cotsis (ALP), Catherine Cusack (Lib), Mehreen Faruqi (Grn), Amanda Fazio (ALP), John Kaye (Grn), Trevor Khan (Nat), Sarah Mitchell (Nat), Greg Pearce (Lib), Peter Primrose (ALP), Adam Searle (ALP), Walt Secord (ALP), Penny Sharpe (ALP), David Shoebridge (Grn), Mick Veitch (ALP), Lynda Voltz (ALP), Helen Westwood (ALP), Steve Whan (ALP)
Niall Blair (Nat), Robert Borsak (Shooters), Robert Brown (Shooters), David Clarke (Lib), Richard Colless (Nat), Greg Donnelly (ALP), Marie Ficarra (Lib), Luke Foley (ALP), Michael Gallacher (Lib), Jenny Gardiner (Nat), Duncan Gay (Nat), Paul Green (CDP), Charlie Lynn (Lib), Scot MacDonald (Lib), Natasha Maclaren-Jones (Lib), Matthew Mason-Cox (Lib), Shaoquett Moselmane (ALP), Fred Nile (CDP), Melinda Pavey (Nat), Peter Phelps (Lib), Ernest Wong (ALP)
The Liberals' John Ajaka abstained from voting.
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· November 20, 2013 11:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as the defeat of the NSW same-sex marriage bill, Federal Government moves on asylum seekers, and internet filters in the UK. See below for links to mentions in the media.
The ACL’s Managinf Director Lyle Shelton discussed Federal Government moves on asylum seekers and basic freedoms in this week’s Politics InFocus:
Politics InFocus - 15.11.13
On the defeat of the NSW same-sex marriage bill:
The Australian -
NSW same-sex bill defeated, tears in parly
Christian Today Australia -
ACL welcomes defeat of NSW same-sex marriage bill
On UK internet filters:
Christian Today Australia -
UK's action to filter pornography applauded
NSW marriage supporters urged to contact MPs not to redefine marriage
· October 24, 2013 11:00 AM
On Wednesday, the
Sydney Morning Herald reported
that same-sex marriage legislation will be debated in the NSW parliament next week. This comes as the ACT passed laws this week allowing same-sex couples to marry.
It is important we persuade NSW parliamentarians to uphold the institution of marriage by voting against this bill. Even though the federal government has vowed to challenge state-based marriage laws in the High Court, we can't simply assume there will be a good result.
Therefore we need your support; we encourage you to email, write letters, and telephone your MPs. Encourage them to remember why marriage is important. It provides a natural, timeless, and sustainable foundation for children and our society.
You can send an email to members of the NSW parliament by following
. You will also find here some resources and points you can use to help you frame your correspondence.
If you've got an iPhone, you can do all of this as well using our new
. This app also allows you to call members of the NSW parliament on your mobile phone.
Thank you for your support. It really makes a difference.
MR: ACL welcomes defeat of NSW euthanasia bill
· May 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Thursday, 23rd May 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today welcomed the defeat of the NSW Greens’ euthanasia bill in the New South Wales Legislative Council. The bill was defeated 13 votes to 23.
ACL NSW Director David Hutt said legalising euthanasia would put society’s most vulnerable people at risk.
“ACL congratulates those members who voted against this bill,” Mr Hutt said.
“This was a convincing vote. Many members gave passionate and persuasive arguments against legalising euthanasia.
“Legalising euthanasia would have sent a message to vulnerable sick and elderly people that terminating your own life is an acceptable option,” Mr Hutt said.
“Euthanasia also sends the message to the vulnerable that terminating your own life is a better option than becoming a ‘burden’ on family and friend.
“Doctors, as healthcare providers, are expected to protect and promote life, not end life or encourage the ending of life.”
Mr Hutt said there was no need for the issue to be raised in the Legislative Assembly as the bill had little prospects of being made law.
MR: Sex servitude conviction evidence of growing human trafficking problem
· April 03, 2013 11:00 AM
The conviction of a Sydney brothel owner for holding young Malaysian students in sex servitude demonstrates the need for tougher measures to combat human trafficking, the Australian Christian Lobby said.
ACL said the New South Wales Government's proposed brothel-licensing regime would not work and that the government needed to tackle the demand for prostituted and trafficked women if it was serious about ending human trafficking.
"Many people would find it hard to believe that in the 21st century girls in New South Wales are forced to work in sex slavery for up to 20 hours a day to pay off a $5,000 debt," ACL Human Trafficking spokesperson Wendy Francis said.
“The conviction of Chee Mei Wong’s has highlighted the ugly and brutal reality of human trafficking and the sex-slave trade.
“This is a scourge that cannot be ignored and the New South Wales Government needs to act urgently to tackle this problem,” she said.
ACL called on the New South Wales Government to adopt the successful approach pioneered in Sweden, implemented now by a growing list of countries, and prosecute the purchase of sex.
“New South Wales needs a brand new approach in dealing with these problems. Studies of the Swedish approach have shown the progress that can be made by criminalising the purchase of sex,” Ms Francis said.
ACL also called for local councils to be given the power to prohibit the establishment of brothels within its local government area.
Ms Francis said it was important to give local decision makers the power to reflect the concerns and wishes of their communities.
2013 Conference: The Scope & Limits of Religious Freedom in Australia
· December 13, 2012 11:00 AM
The University of Sydney is holding a one-day conference in 2013 on
The Scope and Limits of Religious Freedom in Australia
The conference will explore the way in which issues of freedom of religion are now emerging as contested matters in western democracies, in particular the United States, Britain and Australia. Speakers will present ideas on these issues from a variety of perspectives.
Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson (pictured left) - Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law
Other speakers include:
Professor Nicholas Aroney - Faculty of Law, University of Queensland
Dr Ghena Krayem - Sydney Law School
Dr Ryan Messmore - President, Campion College Sydney
Professor Patrick Parkinson - Sydney Law School
Professor Gillian Triggs - President, Australian Human Rights Commission
Andrea Williams - Christian Concern, UK
Friday 15 March 2013
9.30am - 5:30pm
New Law Building F10, Eastern Ave, University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus
To find out how you can attend and for more information, download the conference flyer
Alternatively, visit the
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