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MR: ACL welcomes PM speaking at ACL conference
· August 14, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby is privileged to have the Prime Minister speak at its National Conference but has expressed disappointment at the ongoing campaign of demonisation from the homosexual lobby of anyone who does not line up with its agenda.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace rejected suggestions that the Prime Minister should not participate in the conference on Saturday the 6th of October and said it was natural that she would want to speak to Australia’s Christian constituency, which is a large one by any political standards.
“The Prime Minister’s engagement is part of the political process and Australian Christians represented in the community should have a right to expect that the PM would want to address them,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace said the ACL has a habit of alternately inviting one of the leaders of the major parties as a political guest for each National Conference.
“The theme of this year’s conference is on Religious Freedom in a Secular Democracy and we look forward to hearing from the Prime Minister on this important value in society,” he said.
Mr Wallace rejected the assertion that people are extremist because they believe in marriage between a man and a woman.
“Today’s attack on ACL by gay activists is typical of the relentless demonisation of anyone from Gloria Jean’s to the Salvation Army and Chick-fil-A in the United States who support or are perceived to support marriage remaining between a man and a woman.”
Mr Wallace also rejected suggestions that the ACL has not advocated for eradication of poverty or homelessness.
“The ACL is on the record for supporting mandatory pre-commitment technology for pokie machines, refugee reform and meeting the millennium development goals which help address these issues in public policy,” he said.
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.
Religious freedom restored in Victoria
· June 16, 2011 10:00 AM
The recent passing of the Equal Opportunity Amendment Bill is good news for protecting religious freedom in Victoria.
Under the Bill, Victorian faith-based groups will again be able to employ like-minded staff in their organisations without having to prove that Christian faith is an ‘inherent requirement’.
The passing of the amendment is the fulfilment of an election promise.
Limits were placed on religious freedom when a change to the Equal Opportunity law was instigated after the Victorian Charter of Rights was introduced four years ago. The Greens used the Charter in 2008 as a lever to overturn this important protection for religious freedom.
It is the same freedom that political parties enjoy in discriminating in favour of staff who share their ethos.
However, the Greens did not want Christian schools, churches and charities to have the same freedom.
Never mind that Australia has signed up to UN conventions guaranteeing freedom of religion, including the right of parents to educate their children according to their religious beliefs.
Acceding to a Greens motion targeted at religious schools, the then Attorney General Rob Hulls ordered separate reviews of protections for religious freedom – the exceptions and exemptions under the Equal Opportunity Act.
“With the introduction of the Human Rights Charter, it is timely to review these exceptions and exemptions to ensure they are compatible with the Charter,” Mr Hulls said at the time.
The use of the Charter of Rights to undermine religious freedom is further reason why the Victorian Government’s current review of the Charter should recommend its repeal.
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