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Professor Ian Harper on the Political Spot about healthy families and their impact on the economy
· May 14, 2013 10:00 AM
Professor Ian Harper is an economist who'll be speaking at the
World Congress of Families
in Sydney this week on "The Healthy Economy - Growth with a Purpose". Professor Harper spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about how healthy families serve the economy and how the economy serves healthy families. He says in a healthy family people learn the importance of devotion, service, sacrifice and truth-telling which have a value in the marketplace.
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
Mary-Louise Fowler on the Political Spot
· December 11, 2012 11:00 AM
Mary-Louise Fowler is the Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee of the
World Congress of Families
which is meeting in Sydney next year from the 15-18th of May. The ACL's Katherine Spackman spoke to Louise about the event.
Vic Director Letter to Supporters - November 2012
· November 09, 2012 11:00 AM
The Victorian Director Dan Flynn’s letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
It has recently been proposed by the Australian Medical Association (Victorian Branch) that a safe injecting room be trialed in Melbourne. Research by Drug Free Australia into Australia’s only injecting room in Sydney’s Kings Cross, reveals that this facility is not the best method for reducing drug dependence.
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David Ould on The Political Spot
· October 30, 2012 11:00 AM
David Ould is a blogger and Anglican Minister at St Augustine's in Neutral Bay in Sydney. He spoke to the ACL's Daniel Simon about the Reformation as we remember Reformation Day on October 31.
MR: Injecting illicit drugs is never safe
· October 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Victorian Government's rejection of calls for a drug injecting trial in Melbourne.
ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said injecting illicit drugs is never safe and that Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge was right to stick to the Government’s election promise to oppose such a trial.
Mr Flynn said that
by Drug Free Australia into the Sydney supervised injecting facility found that for every user injecting in the “safe” rooms they inject elsewhere a further 34 times.
“Given that every injection is dangerous the proposed facility would not offer any effective protection.”
“Reduction in drug trafficking and drug related crime will only be achieved by rehabilitating addicts towards drug free status, not maintaining them in their addiction,” Mr Flynn said.
“The Sydney facility is estimated to cost in excess of $2.5m a year to run. That money would be more appropriately spent on programs to get addicts off drugs, including funding drug rehabilitation beds.”
A report by Dr Andrew Byrne in 2006 (cited in the Drug Free Australia report, p. 2) into the Sydney facility reveals that drugs regularly injected included heroin, ‘ice’ and cocaine.
Mr Flynn said that there was little evidence from assessments of the Sydney facility that drug users had been effectively referred to programs that helped them end their addiction.
“The message that injecting rooms send is that injecting is ok and can be safe. This is not a message we should be sending out to Victoria’s young people,” he said.
Drug Free Australia’s
of the Final Report of the Evaluation of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) reveals that the “overdose rate in the injecting room was 36 times higher than on the streets of Kings Cross."
Australia is obliged by International treaties to reduce demand for illicit drugs.
The United Nations International Narcotic Control Board, in a 2001
“. . . the operation of such facilities, where addicts inject themselves with illicit substances, condones Illicit drug use and drug trafficking and runs counter to the provisions of the international drug treaties.” (Para. 559)
Apart from the one facility in Sydney, no other Australian State or Territory has supported injecting rooms.
“The AMA should not be supporting such initiatives but instead investigating ways to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts,” Mr Flynn said.
“The Victorian Government should investigate the successful Swedish approach to illicit drugs. Key elements of the Swedish model are mandatory drug rehabilitation for those found addicted to drugs and strong policing of street selling.”
After birth abortion' a dangerous idea
· September 27, 2012 10:00 AM
The Spectator magazine this week published an article titled "
A dangerous idea: The argument that 'after-birth abortions' are justifiable should concern us all."
Author Dean Bertram argues that Australia must rethink its stance on abortion after bio-ethicists have claimed that parents should be allowed to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argue that newborn babies are not "actual person" and thus do not have a "moral right to life."
Giubilini and Minerva will be speaking this weekend at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney on 'A Foetus is Not a Person.' Bertram explores the danger in the ethicists' belief that after-birth abortion is just an extension of the already widely accepted practice of abortion, and makes a case for Australia to stand up for the right to life of
people; foetuses, newborns, the mentally and physically disabled. He asks us to examine the possible consequences for our society when life is no longer held sacred.
For more information and to read Bertram's article, click
The World Congress of Families invites you to join them in Sydney in 2013
· September 24, 2012 10:00 AM
The World Congress of Families (WCF) invites you to join them next year in Sydney to explore how business, government, education, law, healthcare and the media can strengthen families for the benefit of society.
The WCF seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society.
It was founded in 1997 by Dr Allan Carlson of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society in the US. Every few years, it holds an event focused on intense teaching, learning, networking and exchange as those who seek to strengthen and promote the natural family tackle some of the most complex issues affecting family life today. It attracts some 1,000 to 3,000 participants with a broad range of the world's major speakers on the family including leaders in politics, religion and sociology.
The WCF has been successfully hosted in places such as Prague, Geneva, Mexico City and Warsaw, and will be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney 2013.
We encourage you to show your support for keeping the natural family unit intact by attending this important event.
Details are as follows:
15-18 May, 2013
Australian Technology Park, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW
GET AN ADDITIONAL 20% OFF ADVERTISED REGISTRATION FEES BY USING THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONAL CODES WHEN YOU REGISTER:
ACL01 for 20% off full registration
ACL0S for 20% off spouse registration
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