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""Most agree that an infant is viable after 20 weeks""- Dan Flynn
· March 15, 2016 11:00 AM
This week on the political spot, some good news from Victoria. ACL Victorian Director, Dan Flynn, discusses the new Infant Viability Bill which has been introduced to correct the State's unacceptable current abortion laws.
Concern over Belgium legalising euthanasia for children
· February 19, 2014 11:00 AM
Belgium last week became the first country to allow euthanasia for children.
Euthanasia has been legal for adults since 2002, but the new law allows children of any age to request euthanasia if they are incurably sick, are conscious, have their parents’ consent, and have a “capacity of discernment”.
Belgium is one of three European countries that allows euthanasia, along with Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The Dutch law allows euthanasia for children 12 years and older, but the Belgian law goes further by removing the age restriction.
The law has created controversy worldwide and is even
drawing comparisons to Nazi Germany’s euthanasia programme for disabled children
A letter signed by 160 Belgian paediatricians opposed the introduction of the law.
A 2007 survey, published in the
Journal of Medical Ethics
in January this year, found that there was no explicit patient request in 79.7 per cent of euthanasia cases. About 1000 people die from euthanasia each year in Belgium.
In December 2012, Belgian twins Marc and Eddy Verbessem were killed despite not having a terminal illness. The twins, who were deaf and going blind, said they had “nothing to live for”, and so were granted their request for euthanasia.
Bioethicist and Palliative Care Specialist Dr Megan Best was interviewed on the Political Spot this week by the ACL’s Katherine Spackman about the law. Listen to her interview
MR: New iPhone app takes activism to next level
· August 27, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, 28th August 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby is pleased to launch an iPhone App that it hopes will revolutionise online political activism.
ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the app has been six months in the making and will make it easier for people to get in touch with parliamentarians.
“Based on users’ data, the app identifies their local MP and how they can reach them,” he said.
ACL is putting the new App to good use this election, make the parties’ responses to its election questionnaire available through the App.
“In the lead up to the election this will be invaluable information people can view to help them cast an informed vote,” he said.
Other features of the App include:
The latest updates from ACL in your state and nationally.
ACL's weekly radio program, 'The Political Spot'.
Push notifications let you know about new campaigns. Know when to send an email or sign a petition.
An ability to share ACL campaigns through Facebook, Twitter and email.
“We’ve developed this App in response to changes in the way people interact and use mobile phones to read news, respond to issues and share information with others,” Mr Shelton said.
The ACL is in the process of developing an android version. The iPhone app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple Store
Political parties fail to raise issue of homelessness in Australia
· August 23, 2013 10:00 AM
The federal election campaign has raised issues like marriage, paid parental leave, cracking down on people smugglers, and managing the federal budget. What there fails to have been is a serious discussion on the state of poverty and homelessness across our nation.
The ACL places a strong emphasis
on changing the state of poverty and justice in Australia through public policy; as Christians, we are called to be "generous to the poor" (Proverbs 19:17) and to "give to the needy" (Luke 12:33).
This week, the Pastor of a church in Sydney's Kings Cross urged the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott to focus more on the needs of the unemployed and homeless during this election campaign. In an
interview with ABC News' Sally Sara
, he says the most vulnerable in our society, including the homeless and asylum seekers, are being dehumanised by the level of fear in the current political debate, and that more and more, we are becoming a country with no heart.
Also this week, welfare group
St Vincent de Paul Society demanded an anti-poverty strategy
for Australia in the election campaign. Its CEO Dr John Falzon said that nearly 13 per cent of the population was living in poverty, including more than half a million children. The group has called on both sides of politics to commit to meeting the Homelessness White Paper target of halving all homelessness by 2020.
, there are over 105,000 homeless people in the country. That means that on any given night, 1 in 200 people have no home to go to. The rate of homelessness is also on the rise; the 2011 Census showed that in five years, the rate of homelessness increased by eight per cent. This is caused by a number of reasons, including a chronic shortage of affordable and available rental housing, domestic and family violence, and financial crisis.
ACL's Katherine Spackman recently
interviewed Mission Australia's CEO Toby Hall
about the need for political parties to address the issue of homelessness in Australia. Mr Hall said that both sides of politics have been weak on the issues; Kevin Rudd has loosely made comments about halving the poverty rate in Australia by 2020 but this has not been backed by any policy or money, and there has been very little focus on it by the Coalition. Mission Australia is asking both sides to partner together to provide the necessary resources and affordable housing to combat poverty and homelessness on our streets.
In the lead up to the federal election, the ACL sent a questionnaire to political parties designed to educate voters of party positions on issues of particular importance to Christians. Follow
to find out their answers to the homelessness question.
Mark Brown on the Political Spot about Tas abortion bill
· June 18, 2013 10:00 AM
Mark Brown is the Tasmanian Director for the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman, Mr Brown talks about the Tasmanian upper house's decision last week to send the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill to committee for inquiry. Read related blog post about this
Tas abortion bill sent to committee
Maxime Lagorce on the Political Spot about French marriage rally on Sunday
· May 28, 2013 10:00 AM
Maxime Lagorce is a French marriage activist from La Manif Pour Tous Sydney. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about what La Manif Pour Tous stands for and the recent marriage protests that have been happening in France in the lead up and after the government decided to redefine marriage. See also MercatorNet's story about Maxime Lagorce titled
French marriage activists vow to fight on
Stephen O'Doherty on the Political Spot
· March 05, 2013 11:00 AM
Stephen O'Doherty is the Chief Executive Officer at Christian Schools Australia. The ACL's Katherine Spackman spoke to Mr O'Doherty about the Gonski school funding reform. He recently gave evidence at a senate inquiry looking into the legislation.
Teresa Martin on the Political Spot
· January 29, 2013 11:00 AM
Teresa Martin is from Cherish Life Queensland and spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the historic Roe v Wade decision 40 years ago in the United States Supreme Court
which legalised abortion.
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.
Martin Thompson on the Political Spot
· December 11, 2012 11:00 AM
Martin Thompson works with Mission Australia. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the latest
national youth survey
which found that the economy is the major concern of young people.
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