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MR: Vic EO Commission oversteps mark in promoting homosexuality
· March 30, 2011 11:00 AM
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It is not the job of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner to promote homosexuality as normal, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
Responding to comments by Dr Helen Szoke around the launch of the “Fair go, sport!” program, ACL’s Victorian Director Rob Ward said the commission’s role was to focus on issues of practical discrimination, not normalising the lifestyle of two percent of the Australian population.
"The suggestion that the aim is to have the sexual orientation of “gay, lesbian and transgender sportspeople....so public that it’s normal, so people don’t think about it” is very troubling," he said.
"Is Dr Szoke now trying to control what people think and believe? Is this the thought police at work?" he said.
“We have supported the removal of practical discrimination in State and Commonwealth law which has granted legal equality to same-sex couples.
“Taxpayers money is rightly spent addressing issues of justice but not promoting a particular lifestyle as normal. Dr Szoke's statement encouraging sports people to “come out” would appear to be her personal opinion.
“Australians hold a diversity of opinions and views on homosexuality and it is not the job of the Commission to tell people they have to think any particular lifestyle is normal,” Mr Ward said.
Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979.
ACL supports retention of Easter Sunday “no shopping” tradition
· March 21, 2011 11:00 AM
For release: Monday 21st March 2011
The Australian Christian Lobby is calling on the Victorian Government to reconsider its proposal for trading on Easter Sunday when a bill to usher in the change is debated in Parliament later this week.
Victorian State Director Rob Ward said the ACL supported the retention of the general ban on shops trading on Easter Sunday in Victoria.
“Easter Sunday is an important tradition valued by society and should not be competed with by shopping. Sixty-four per cent of Australians identify themselves as Christians and Easter Sunday is an important religious event that Christians remember,” he said.
Mr Ward said the Shop Trading Reform Amendment (Easter Sunday) Bill will do away with almost all restrictions on trading on Easter Sunday.
“Victoria has just 3.5 days out of 365 where trading is not permitted. For the other 361.5 days, shops can trade 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” he said.
The Bill was passed in the Legislative Assembly along party lines, but the ACL now calls on all parties to reconsider this important issue in light of its impact on families and people of faith.
“There is no evidence of a major community push to have even more hours to spend their money, so why the urgency for change?” Mr Ward said.
“The Bill impacts on freedom of religion (as accepted by the Government in its introduction of the Bill) because it reduces the ability of people to practice their faith,” he said.
“While there are some limits under various awards that require employers to cater for employees’ religious practices, there is no doubt that pressure will be placed on Christians who would normally worship on this most important day in the Christian calendar.
“If other places around the world can set aside this day without suffering economic fallout, so can Victoria,” he said.
Media Contact: Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979.
Vic election rewards principled leadership, rejects Green social agenda
· November 29, 2010 11:00 AM
massive swing towards the Liberal/National Coalition
in Saturday’s Victorian election spells out a message to both major parties that they should resist dancing to the Greens’ tune and instead lead from a position of principle, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.
“The courageous and principled decision by Ted Baillieu to put the Greens last on preferences was endorsed by voters in Victoria who were not prepared to endorse them as a ‘third force’ in politics,” ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward said.
“Taking a leadership position on principle, rather than blindly following spin doctors and focus groups was rewarded by Victorians. This was not a swing based solely on a weary electorate’s desire for a change after 11 years - it was a warning to all politicians that voters want to avoid the Greens’ social extremism.
“They are looking for Governments that will respond to the real concerns of the people not simply look for ways to cling to power,” he said.
Mr Ward said that some commentators have rightly remarked on the broad sweep of controversial legislation pursued in recent years by the Victorian Government – something which has been of deep concern to Christians.
“The message here is for Labor to regroup and return to its roots and support families, not to perform social engineering through legislation,” Mr Ward said.
Mr Ward congratulated the Coalition on their win, and reminded them of their commitments to overturn recent changes to Equal Opportunity legislation that impact negatively on religious freedom.
“The poor showing of the Greens will hopefully put an end to the unwanted push for euthanasia, gay marriage and other types of social engineering promoted by activists, but not even on the agenda for most voters. Labor needs to hear the voters and seek to move away from the radical left of politics.”
Christian Lobby calls on Labor to commit to “No Deal” with Greens
· November 23, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today called on Premier John Brumby to assure Victorians that he would not enter into a deal with the radical Greens to secure a hold on government in the event of a hung Parliament after Saturday’s Victorian election.
“In just a few sitting weeks with the Greens having just one Lower House seat in the Federal Parliament we have seen a complete misappropriation of both parliamentary time and the legislative programme on their minority and extreme agenda,” ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward said.
“Again in Tasmania, with the Greens supporting Labor in a minority government, we see Labor being pulled far to the left. Here in Victoria, voters - especially the Christian constituency - need to know that Victorian Labor will not follow the same dangerous path.”
Mr Ward called on the Labor Party to: “Commit now, publicly and clearly, that they will not allow themselves to fall prey to the temptation to hang on to power via a deal with the Greens”.
“Legalising euthanasia, economic policies that could cost jobs, cutting funding for non-government schools, and abolishing exceptions under Equal Opportunity legislation for religious organisations are amongst the radical policies that Labor would have to accommodate if they got into bed with the Greens,” Mr Ward said.
“Given the recent legislative agenda pursued in Victoria, including the Abortion Law Reform Act, unhelpful Equal Opportunity changes, laws allowing IVF for homosexual couples and new promises to ‘review’ gay adoption, Victorians generally and Christians in particular need to know now, before the 27th November, if Labor will take a principled stand.
“The Liberals have done the right thing by preferencing the Greens last, what will Labor do? Will they allow another political situation where the Greens’ minority agendas are permitted to destabilise government and the legislative process? We deserve an answer.”
ACL congratulates Victorian Liberals for putting Greens last
· November 15, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today congratulated the Victorian Liberals and Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu in particular for deciding to
preference the Greens last
in every seat in the upcoming State election.
ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward said the decision will help Victoria avoid an unstable election outcome where the State is held hostage to the Greens’ radical social and economic agendas.
“The Liberals decision not to preference the Greens in any seat is good news for Victorians, as it means the Greens will be less likely to gain power through an alliance with either major party – thereby achieving disproportionate leverage for their extreme social and economic policies,” Mr Ward said.
“We only have to look at the current Federal Parliament, where the problem is not just the nature of the radical social and economic policies, but the inordinate waste of parliamentary time that concessions to the Greens for debating their agendas inevitably entails, particularly when it involves conscience votes. Victorians are better served with a Parliament concentrating on real issues,” he said.
“We congratulate Mr Baillieu for sticking to his principles and choosing to take what some people might see as a politically disadvantageous position.”
Mr Ward also noted that both major parties had rather oddly decided to preference the Australian Sex Party in the Northern Metropolitan region.
“Our preference has always been that parties should relegate this porn-promoting party to last position,” he said.
Mr Ward expressed the hope the number crunchers had not mistakenly handed a seat to another radical group while focussing attention on not preferencing the Greens.
Victorian Liberals confirm opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption
· November 11, 2010 11:00 AM
Victorian Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu has confirmed to the ACL that he and his party are opposed to same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption.
Following an article (offline) in yesterday’s
entitled ‘Baillieu Warms to Gay Marriage Bill, Brumby passes’, ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward sought clarification on the Opposition’s position and was assured by Mr Baillieu that the Liberal Party has not changed its position on gay marriage, which is really a Federal issue anyway. The Victorian Government is also opposed to gay marriage. Please click
to read Rob Ward’s blog comment on the issue.
In the lead up to the Victorian election on November 27, Rob is writing a daily election blog on the
website. Reading it is a good way to keep abreast of some of the breaking election issues.
The website also contains a host of other election resources - including the responses of political parties to 21 key questions - and is a great source of information for Christians looking to make an informed vote at the upcoming election.
Prior to the election, ACL is also running a number of Candidate Forum Events, mainly in marginal seats, to give Christians the opportunity to meet and question the people who are seeking their vote. If there is a forum in your electorate, we strongly encourage you to attend. Please go to
to find out details of the forums and to make use of all the other election material.
(Almost) Daily Election Blog - Tues Nov 10
· November 09, 2010 11:00 AM
The first ACL Candidates forum for this election was held last night, it was attended by a small but interested crowd drawn from local churches in the electorate of Hastings, south east of Melbourne.
All four candidates made their case for the Christian vote, while at the same time sharing something of their personal journey. It was remarked last night that those in the audience possibly had a better knowledge and insight into the candidates than the average voter!
Issues raised by the audience included questions about local issues such as development of industry in Westernport, law and order and a bitumen plant at Crib Point. More broadly questions arose about abortion (more on that later), a lack of respect for authority, employment opportunities, gay marriage, global warming, planning overrides by the government and heroin injecting rooms.
With Liberal (sitting Member Neale Burgess), ALP (Steve Hosking), Greens (Catherine Manning), and DLP (Rob Jones) seated comfortably behind tables, these issues were discussed in an enthusiastic and respectful atmosphere. When controversial issues were opened up, this is where the differences became clearer. Greens supported the current abortion law while wishing for fewer abortions, the ALP supported the party line but admitted to being personally conflicted on the issue. Both the Liberal and DLP opposed the law as it allows for no freedom of conscience for doctors, abortion at any time during pregnancy and no protection for women.
Gay (same-sex) marriages again proved to be a point of difference with only the Green candidate supporting a change in this law.
Three more forums this week, Wednesday in Frankston, Thursday in Bayswater and Mordialloc electorates. Ten more next week! Click on the “
Candidate Forum Events
” button for full details.
Greens MP’s gay hate claims an outrageous slur against ACL
· November 05, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today rejected outright
claims by Victorian Greens MP Colleen Hartland
that the organisation has a “hatred of gays” as an outrageous slur designed to shut down debate on genuine issues of concern.
ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward said the allegation made in today’s
was not only unfounded but also a serious attack on the ACL’s right to stand up for Judeo-Christian values.
“The ACL does not agree that the homosexual lifestyle should be actively promoted or that gay rights activists’ agendas should not be challenged where they conflict with community or children’s rights. You only need to consider the gay activists’ demand to be able to donate blood and for homosexual adoption as examples,” Mr Ward said.
“However for Ms Hartland to purposefully choose to smear our organisation by wrongly interpreting this position as involving a ‘hatred of gays’ is of great concern.
“The ACL believes that all people are of great worth and certainly does not have a hatred of gays. Indeed we have in the past been supportive of considered law changes aimed at ending unjustified discrimination against same-sex couples both at a State and Federal level.”
Mr Ward said that it is in some ways quite enlightening that Ms Hartland should choose to make such a blanket allegation at a time when some quarters are pushing to make it a crime to even express a view that a homosexual person might take offence to.
“It highlights the fact that freedom to express an opposing opinion is under increased attack in Victoria and that even some politicians are willing to falsely label organisations as acting out of hatred if it helps to shut down debate.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979; Rob Ward on 0408 348 352
Daily Election Blog - Thurs Nov 4
· November 04, 2010 11:00 AM
Only 23 days to go, 15 candidate forums and lots to do!
Problems for both major parties today with the high profile gay
for Richmond pulling out and standing as an independent
upsetting parents by allegedly turning a school valedictory address into a political speech.
You will also note that all of the major and some minor parties have provided answers to our “21 questions”. They are really worth a read, you will find some surprises in what the Greens have to say as well as some magnificent “spin” in some of the answers across the board.
Sorting out reality from spin is getting harder, this is why the voting record on conscience votes helps shed some light on issues as well as do the responses from the parties. In fact to get a full picture you might like to go for the trifecta. Look at what the Government and Opposition say on the Make It Count videos, scan the responses on key issues in “Know What The Parties Think” and if there is one being held in your area, attend a Candidate Forum. You can check these out on the “Candidate Forum Events” button.
I look forward to posting a short update every day from now until Election Day.
Parties respond to ACL election questions
· November 04, 2010 11:00 AM
Both the Victorian Labor Government and the Liberal-Nationals Coalition will support the independence of faith-based schools to teach from a Christian perspective but neither party has agreed to amend abortion laws to ensure doctors with a conscientious objection aren’t compelled to refer women for abortions.
The Liberal-Nationals Coalition has committed to remove some aspects of Victoria’s equal opportunity laws which restrict religious freedom, while the Labor Party has put forward initiatives to help rehabilitate young offenders and prevent them from being exposed to prison culture where possible.
These are among the responses of political parties to 21 questions on topics ranging from child protection to euthanasia released by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today as part of the launch of its
voter education website. It includes responses from the ALP, the Liberal-Nationals Coalition, the Greens, DLP, Family First, and the CDP.
In the countdown to the Victorian election, the website will inform Christians throughout the State about the different political party standpoints on key issues they care about. It also includes a host of other election resources including a full list of how each MP and Upper House representative voted on conscience issues including abortion, surrogacy and equal opportunity legislation.
“The last term of Government has been a tumultuous time for many Christians as we battled a number of pieces of controversial legislation including the decriminalisation of abortion, same-sex surrogacy, and changes to equal opportunity laws which have created uncertainty for faith-based schools and service-providers who want to employ people who share their ethos,” ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward said.
“The Victoria Votes website gives an account on how Victorian politicians voted on these bills and asks political parties about their policies on these and a range of other moral and social justice issues for the time ahead.
“Questions such as the ones on abortion are particularly pertinent when you consider that even though both sides of Parliament had a free conscience vote on abortion law changes, Victorian doctors are being denied the right to be true to their conscience on this issue.”
Mr Ward said that the aim of the website is to assist Christians to make a wise and informed vote at the upcoming election after accurately weighing up the different party policies and views on issues of concern to them.
“This is one of the most comprehensive voter information resources for Christians ever seen in Victoria and we hope it will be a valuable source of assistance as people consider their votes. Information about the website will be provided to all major denominations and to thousands of churches throughout the State.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979; Rob Ward on 0408 348 352.
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