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Woman's Christian Temperance Union influence in women's suffrage movement
· April 29, 2014 10:00 AM
In 1894 South Australia became the first place in the world to give women both the right to vote and to stand as candidates for election. In the months before the laws were passed a petition with more than 11,000 signatures was lodged in parliament calling for the change. More than 8,000 signatures on this petition were collected by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. The petition is currently being display at the Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House. ACL's Katherine Spackman went along recently to speak to curator Stephanie Pfennigwerth about the petition and the influence of the Women's Christian Temperance Union in this 10 minute interview. Ms Pfennigwerth has also written about the petition in this
Family Voice Australia's Ros Phillips on South Australian election
· March 11, 2014 11:00 AM
Ros Phillips is the National Research Officer at Family Voice Australia. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she talks about the upcoming South Australian election, which is also on the 15th of March.
MR: ACL urges vote for candidates who support man-woman marriage
· August 06, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Tuesday 6th August 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby will email 100,000 people the views of their local candidates on marriage in the lead-up to the election.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said he had emailed ALP and Coalition candidates and as many minor party candidates as possible seeking their views.
“We will be doing our best to let as many people as possible know where their local candidate stands.
“We will be urging people to vote for a candidate, regardless of party affiliation, who will support upholding the definition of marriage,” Mr Shelton said.
“Changing marriage does not have to be inevitable and the election is an opportunity for people to make their views known in the privacy of the polling booth.”
In the past 11 months, same-sex marriage bills had been defeated in the Federal, Tasmanian and South Australian parliaments.
Mr Shelton said the Australian Christian Lobby supported the Rudd Government’s removal in 2008 of invidious discrimination against same-sex couples and was pleased two parliamentary inquiries found there was no practical discrimination in Australian law against same-sex couples.
“There is no reason to change the definition of marriage," he said.
“Changing the definition of marriage means we are saying as a society that marriage between a man and a woman is no longer an ideal nor an essential building block for raising children to know the love and nurture of their biological parents.
“This is a radical change in our social norms and one that should not be undertaken lightly.
“Equal love might be fine for adults but changing the Marriage Act has ramifications far beyond same-sex couples.
"The perceived benefit in redefining marriage doesn't outweigh the impact it will have on society's understanding, value and role we place on man-woman marriage," he said.
ACL's Dan Flynn on the Political Spot about SA Parliament rejecting same-sex marriage bill
· July 30, 2013 10:00 AM
Dan Flynn is the Victorian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby who was in the SA Parliament during debate of the state based same-sex marriage bill. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about what happened during the debate and what members told parliament.
South Australian Parliament rejects state-based same-sex marriage
· July 25, 2013 10:00 AM
The South Australia Parliament today voted down a private members’ bill for state-based same-sex marriage.
The bill, introduced by Member for Port Adelaide Dr Susan Close, was defeated on the voices. While five ALP members spoke in support of the bill, 13 members opposed it (10 liberal, one ALP and two independent members) because of the unconstitutionality of the bill, the importance of marriage being defined between a man and a woman and finally the importance of children being raised by a mother and father.
This is the third time in recent months that laws pushing for same-sex marriage have been rejected – the senate rejected a bill in June and Tasmanian Parliament rejected a bill in September last year.
Members spoke of how pastors and Christians had engaged them on the issue which shows the importance of the church’s participation in the democratic process. Liberal Member for Schubert Ivan Venning told parliament that the Lutheran church has been his “rock, wisdom and strength...I’ve had so much good advice and arguments by Lutheran pastors in my electorate. I thank them all very much for their support and confidence in me to stand here”.
Liberal Member for Waite, Martin Hamilton Smith, told parliament that whilst he isn’t a person of faith, he believes that people should not be demonised because of their faith. “This argument [that] if you are a Christian then you are wrong, old fashion....I completely reject that proposition. I would appeal to churches of any faith or denomination to be more vocal. Get out there and express your view as advocates,” he said.
Notably, Member for Newland and the only ALP Member to speak against the bill was Thomas Kenyon.
He told parliament he opposed the bill because of his belief in marriage. He referred to marriage existing before the establishment of Christianity or any organised religion and how it came from the recognition of a relationship between a man and a woman.
“This is a long standing social institution. The only real difference between that class of relationships and same-sex relationships is the ability to have children,” he said.
Independent Member for Mount Gambier Don Pegler spoke of the likelihood of a legal challenge to the bill if passed in law. He quoted Section 109 of the Australian Constitution which says if a law of a State is inconsistent with the law of the Commonwealth, the latter shall prevail, and the former shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be invalid.
Independent Member for Frome, Geoff Brock, spoke of the response he’s had from his electorate expressing concern about changing the law. He said he also had contact with many friends in same-sex relationships who haven’t asked him to support the bill.“At this stage, I haven’t been convinced of my need to vote for this bill,” he said.
In speaking out in support of the bill, Member for Napier, Michael O’Brien began his address to Parliament with an analogy about preventing blue-eyed people from getting married, suggesting it would induce scorn from people.
He told parliament that those who support heterosexual marriage do so on the basis of scripture, whereas science and reason are the “ammunition to our political battles”.
He referred to the benefits to the economy if same-sex marriage was legalised, using a utilitarian argument and believed there would be no harm to society.
“Opposition to marriage equality is the next great barrier that we must overcome,” he said.
A full record of how Members spoke on this issue in provided in a table below. You can also read the debate's Hansard by following
If your local member spoke in support of marriage, you might consider sending them an email or letter to express your thanks.
Thanks to all who emailed their MPs. Your efforts made a difference.
Hon Jay Weatherill
Member for Cheltenham
Mr Steven Marshall
(Leader of the Opposition)
Member for Norwood
Ms Vickie Chapman
(Deputy Leader of the Opposition)
Member for Bragg
Ms Isobel Redmond
Member for Heysen
Oppose (but support ssm)
Mr Adrian Pederick
Member for Hammond
Mr Michael Pengilly
Member for Finniss
Mr Ivan Venning
Member for Schubert
Mr Don Pegler
Member for Mount Gambier
Hon Michael O’Brien
Member for Napier
Mr Martin Hamilton-Smith
Member for Waite
Mr Bob Such
Member for Fisher
Hon Tom Kenyon
Member for Newland
Mr Steven Griffiths
Member for Goyder
Ms Lynette Breuer
Member for Giles
Mr Tim Whetstone
Member for Chaffey
Mr Geoff Brock
Member for Frome
Mr John Gardner
Member for Morialta
Oppose (but support ssm)
Hon Chloe Fox
Member for Bright
Dr Susan Close
Member for Port Adelaide
Monthly Newsletter - July 2013
· July 18, 2013 10:00 AM
The ACL's latest monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL's Managing Director Lyle Shelton, is out now. This month's newsletter includes stories on a federal inquiry into slavery and people trafficking, IVF and euthanasia bills in South Australia, anti-discrimination and adoption laws in Tasmania, and a study into children of same-sex families. Click
to read the July newsletter.
MR: Christian Lobby congratulates SA Premier for “live odds” ban
· July 05, 2013 10:00 AM
Friday, 5th July 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has today congratulated the South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, for implementing a full ban on live odds advertising on radio and television, and on ground signage during sporting events.
“This is great news for South Australians, particularly for parents who no longer have to worry about their kids being socialised into gambling in the form of advertisements,” ACL spokesperson Dan Flynn said
“It was pleasing to see the Independent Gambling Authority acknowledge the submission of the SA Heads of Churches Gambling Taskforce which advocated for the prohibition on quoting live odds - a strategy which it said targeted young men who were at a higher risk of problem gambling,” he said.
Although acknowledging the move as a much-needed step in regulating the gambling industry, Mr Flynn said regulation may need to be legislated.
“At present, it’s proposed the live odds betting ban will be achieved by changing the gaming licensees’ codes of conduct. Should the changes to the code not match the rhetoric, the Parliament should take up the option proposed by Family First MLC Dennis Hood and enshrine the ban in the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill currently before the Legislative Council,” Mr Flynn said.
In May, the ACL made a submission to Free TV Australia on proposed amendments to the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, which would regulate the promotion of live odds during the broadcasting of sporting events.
Read ACL’s submission
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MR: ACL urges SA lower house members to reject IVF and euthanasia bills
· June 05, 2013 10:00 AM
Wednesday 5th June 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby is urging South Australian lower house members to reject IVF and euthanasia bills when debate resumes on the issues tomorrow in parliament.
ACL spokesman Dan Flynn said the Assisted Reproductive Treatment (Equality of Access) Amendment Bill 2012 would allow alternative reproductive treatment (ART) for single women and lesbian couples.
“This bill would effectively allow a fertile woman, either single or in a lesbian relationship, to create a family and relegate a man’s contribution to being nothing more than an anonymous sperm donor,” Mr Flynn said.
“It devalues a man and the important role and contribution fatherhood plays in a child’s development. Public policy should seek to support and affirm the value both a mother and father provide in a child’s development,” he said.
Mr Flynn said the upper house passed the bill by a narrow margin of 12 -9 on the 1st of May and urged lower house members to prevent it becoming law.
“Children have a fundamental right to be born from natural origins and this right is acknowledged by the international Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that a child shall have, ‘as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents’,” he said.
Mr Flynn also urged parliamentarians to heed the advice of medical practitioners regarding Hon Dr Bob Such's Ending Life with Dignity Bill 2013.
He said both the Australian Medical Association and the Doctors Opposed to Euthanasia have raised concerns about the bill.
“Legalising euthanasia would put society’s most vulnerable people at risk. Doctors, as healthcare providers, are expected to protect and promote life, not end life or encourage the ending of life,” he said.
Read a copy of an AMA's letters sent to SA Parliament on
Make a Stand' against euthanasia in Tasmania
· February 19, 2013 11:00 AM
For many years, parliaments across Australia have repeatedly rejected legalised voluntary euthanasia. South Australia in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Victoria in 2008, Western Australian 2010.
Despite this, Premier Lara Giddings and Greens MP Nick McKim are behind a new move to introduce euthanasia into the Tasmanian parliament. A discussion paper suggesting an assisted dying model of euthanasia was released on the 3rd February for public comment.
The last time euthanasia was debated in the Tasmanian parliament was in 2009 when Nick McKim's Dying with Dignity Bill was resoundingly rejected 15 votes to 7.
If you are a Tasmanian resident, we encourage you to make a submission to ACL's 'Make a Stand' campaign against the government introducing laws for euthanasia.
You can make a direct submission to Premier Lara Giddings.
Responses should be sent to: GPO Box 123, Hobart, Tasmania 7001 OR
Alternatively, you can send an email with your thoughts to your local parliamentary representative. To find out how and for more resources, visit
ACL's 'Make A Stand' campaign page.
A short euthanasia brief by the ACL is also available
or click on the picture above.
Patrick Secker delivers speech supporting marriage
· August 22, 2012 10:00 AM
Parliamentary debate on the marriage amendment bill began on Monday night in the House of Representatives. Liberal MP Patrick Secker was among five Members who spoke, of which three spoke against any amendment to the current definition of marriage in the
Mr Secker, the Member for the South Australian seat of Barker, said he believes that "marriage should be between a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others."
He also spoke of the importance of politicians keeping their election promises, referring to the Labor Party's promise to retain the current definition of marriage.
Citing the situation in the US state of Massachusetts, where parents have lost the right to withdraw their primary school children from classes which teach same-sex marriage, Mr Secker also expressed great concern about what effect a change to the
might have on the rights of parents in Australia.
To read Mr Secker's speech, click
. To read all five speeches given on Monday night, click
and read from page 108.
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