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Pages tagged "Senate inquiry"
Church reps give evidence at senate inquiry into same-sex marriages
· August 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Last week church leaders from a number of denominations gave evidence at a public inquiry against the idea of recognising overseas same-sex marriages. Catholic, Baptist and Presbyterian representatives gave evidence at the inquiry in Melbourne. The ACL's Lyle Shelton also spoke at the inquiry. The following radio packages features some of the comments at the inquiry.
Last day to make a submission to Euthanasia inquiry
· August 21, 2014 10:00 AM
Today is the last day to make a submission into a senate inquiry investigating a Greens’ euthanasia bill.
At the end of June Greens’ Senator Richard Di Natale tabled the draft bill in parliament which would make it legal for doctors to prescribe and administer an end of life substance to a terminally ill person.
The person’s condition would have to be verified by two medical practitioners and the person would have undergone an assessment by a psychiatrist to ensure they are of sound mind.
Despite the safeguards in place, experience in jurisdictions demonstrates that euthanasia laws are never safe from abuse.
Please consider making a submission to this inquiry by following the instructions on the
inquiry home page
. You can write a submission and send it to
, or by post to the Committee. Alternatively, you can complete a short pro forma submission
The Exposure Draft of the bill is available
Some points to consider making in your submission:
Legalising euthanasia puts at risk the lives of society’s most vulnerable people – the elderly, the lonely, the sick, and the depressed. Euthanasia transmits the message that some lives are no longer worth living or worth caring for.
Euthanasia undermines the fundamental relationship of trust between doctor and patient. Patients trust doctors to act in their best interest.
Euthanasia puts pressure on patients who are concerned about being a burden to their families or friends.
Despite safeguards, in countries where euthanasia has been legalised, a large number of euthanasia deaths occur without the explicit request or consent of the patient.
After euthanasia is introduced, the strict boundaries are often relaxed to include, for example, mental illness but no terminal physical illness. Euthanasia for children as young as 12 is permitted in the Netherlands, and for children of any age in Belgium.
In most cases, physical pain can be treated with palliative care.
For more information, see the ACL fact sheet
. You can also read
ACL's 2013 submission
to the Tasmanian parliament on a euthanasia bill.
Time to again speak up for the rights of kids
· June 12, 2014 10:00 AM
Since the High Court struck down the ACT Government's same-sex marriage legislation last December, there has been a welcome quiet in the debate.
With a substantial majority of federal parliamentarians in favour of preserving marriage and the rights of kids, there is no reason why this should change.
But the Greens, who cite changing the definition of marriage as one of their top priorities (along with euthanasia), are chipping away.
Recently they set up a Senate inquiry into a bill to recognise same-sex marriages conducted overseas.
This is clearly a tactic to put pressure on parliamentarians as part of the Greens' misguided assault on the rights of children to have their mum and dad, wherever possible.
The truth is there is no discrimination against same-sex couples in Australia. Keeping marriage between a man and a woman does not change this.
But if Australia capitulates on the definition of marriage, our cultural assumption that a child has the right - wherever possible - to her or his biological mother and father, will be lost.
It could take decades to recover this basic value in law.
A civil and unselfish society puts the rights of children first, no matter how emotive the arguments against this are.
Senate inquiries take notice of what the public say. They are very democratic.
ACL will be encouraging everyone to add their voice in this inquiry so the rights of the next generation can be upheld. Visit
to sign the submission to oppose the 'Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill'.
On another note, thanks to everyone who has responded so generously to our end of financial year appeal, to ensure ACL can continue to be the voice for values our nation needs. We are making great progress but we still have a way to go. If you haven't already, please consider
Micah Challenge discusses report on overseas aid
· April 01, 2014 11:00 AM
Ben Thurley is Micah Challenge's Political Engagement Officer. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman, Ben discusses the recent report handed down by a senate inquiry on Australia's aid program. The inquiry was established to understand the effect of the Coalition's election plan to cut $4.5 billion from the aid program over the four year budget cycle. The report made 24 recommendations including urging the government release a policy framework for the aid program and for the government to increase its aid program to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2025.
Jim Wallace on the Political Spot
· February 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Jim Wallace is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the proposed anti-discrimination laws. The senate inquiry into the bill recommended removing religious exemptions. The Attorney-General at the weekend
dismissed the idea of removing religious exemptions.
Dan Flynn on the Political Spot
· January 29, 2013 11:00 AM
Dan Flynn is the Victorian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He recently went along to the Senate Committee hearings into the federal government's new Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination bill and spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the hearing.
Senate’s donor conception report highlights issues ignored in gay marriage debate
· February 10, 2011 11:00 AM
For release: Thursday 10
The release of a Senate report into the plight of donor conceived children raises serious issues about kids’ rights in the context of the gay marriage debate, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
“Arguments by some Australian proponents of same-sex marriage that donor-conceived children being raised by homosexual couples could be denied access to their biological parents flies in the face of the Senate’s unanimous recommendation that there be a prohibition on donor anonymity,” Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
Overseas, Sir Elton John and his homosexual partner David Furnish have indicated their son will be denied knowledge of his genetic mother. (see article
Who's the daddy? It could be either of us, says Elton John
An Australian lesbian couple quoted recently in a national newspaper said the father of their son, whose sperm was selected after an online search of US donors, might never have his dad’s identity revealed to him.
The Senate recommended there be a ban on sourcing donor material from overseas. In its submission to the Senate Inquiry, the donor conception support group Tangled Webs said: “The desire to provide children for infertile couples does not override the child’s need for and right to this vital relationship with his or her genetic parents”.
Mr Wallace said the very slick campaign being run by gay activists about ‘equal love’ was ignoring the rights of children to experience the love of their biological parents.
“The equal love in marriage is not just two way – it is, in normal instances, across the biological links between parents and children.
There are many ethical dilemmas and consequences for children and society that are not being discussed in the gay lobby’s push to change the meaning of marriage.
“Part of the reason for this is the intimidation and attacks on forums for debate such as
On Line Opinion
which is now no longer covering the gay marriage debate after it was aggressively targeted by gay activists for publishing an article defending heterosexual marriage.
“Mr Wallace said ANZ bank and IBM are yet to explain why they acquiesced to the anti-free speech tactics of the gay lobby to withdraw their advertising from On Line Opinion.
“This has doubtless buoyed the homosexual activists, who now with ever increasing arrogance and clearly now seeing themselves above public reproach, have today claimed wrongly that IBM and ANZ withdrew their advertising because On Line Opinion’s article ‘called for homosexuals to be murdered in light of the same-sex marriage debate’,” Mr Wallace said. Click
for the link
The Senate Report can be found
Senate inquiry into Australia’s broken classification system
· November 17, 2010 11:00 AM
In an important step forward in fixing Australia’s broken classification system, the Senate has voted to conduct an inquiry into the National Classification Scheme for film, literature and other forms of media.
Liberal Senator Guy Barnett yesterday successfully moved a motion which will see the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee conduct an inquiry into the Australian film and literature classification scheme, reporting back by June 30 next year.
The inquiry is to particularly focus on issues such as: the enforcement system; the effectiveness of the scheme in preventing the sexualisation of children; the classification and impact of R18+ and X18+ films; the possibility of including outdoor advertising (such as billboards) in the classification scheme; the application of the scheme to music videos; and the effectiveness of the scheme in dealing with new technologies and new media. Please click
to read Senator Barnett’s media release and the full wording of his notice of motion.
ACL has been calling for a comprehensive review of the classification system for years and strongly welcomes the Senate inquiry.
The current system is clearly not working and, among other things, has led to a toxic media culture which is having a devastating impact on vulnerable young people. As they grow up they are being bombarded with sexual messages via everything from billboards to films to music videos.
Among other failings in the current classification system, there has also been
to show that the system is incapable of preventing unclassified pornography from becoming easily available for sale in stores across Australia – with call-in notices being unenforced.
In the lead up to the recent Federal election, ACL sought commitments from both Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for a comprehensive review of Australia’s media environment, with both leaders voicing their concerns about the sexualisation of children in the media. Ms Gillard reaffirmed her support for ISP filtering and Mr Abbott specifically acknowledged the need for another review of the media classification system “tasked with a way to ensure proper community standards apply to all media”.
ACL hopes that the Senate Committee will be able thoroughly investigate the wide array of concerning classification issues and that its recommendations will receive bipartisan support – providing a basis for establishing an effective classification system across all media.
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