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Transcript of public hearing into sexually explicit outdoor advertising now available online
· August 19, 2013 10:00 AM
In April 2013, Queensland's Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced a parliamentary committee inquiry into establishing legislation that will regulate outdoor advertising in the same way that children’s television is regulated.
On 7th August this year, the inquiry into sexually explicit outdoor advertising conducted its first public hearing, and ACL's Queensland Director Wendy Francis addressed the inquiry supporting stricter regulation around sexualised material being displayed in public spaces.
A second public hearing will take place on 21st August, and a report will be handed down by January 2014.
to read the transcript of the first public hearing. Ms Francis' address is on pages 1-4 in the document.
You can read more about the public hearing in a blog post written by Ms Francis
Qld Director Letter to Supporters - August 2013
· August 18, 2013 10:00 AM
The Queensland Director Wendy Francis’ letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
Proverbs 8:13–15 says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate. Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice.”
What a salient reminder to us as we approach election day, that it is God who chooses kings and rulers. This being so, it is incumbent upon His children to seek His face and to vote intelligently as He leads. The ACL aims to serve Christian voters by highlighting key issues and party policies. We don’t tell you who to vote for, but we encourage you to make an informed vote.
to continue reading.
Candidates in electorate of Blair, Queensland address voters at ACL's Meet Your Candidate forum
· August 14, 2013 10:00 AM
Last night, the ACL conducted a 'Meet Your Candidate' forum (MYCF) in the electorate of Blair, a marginal Labor seat (4.2%) in Queensland which includes parts of Ipswich and the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley regions. There were 106 people who attended, which included a number of church leaders from the electorate, as well as members of the community organisation
The purpose of a MYCF is to give voters the opportunity to meet and question candidates in their electorate about issues of most concern to them, and to gain a greater understanding of their values and priorities so they can make an informed vote on election day. It also gives Christians the opportunity to engage with and contribute to the political process.
Candidates in attendance on the night were:
Shayne Neumann MP -
the Labor candidate for Blair. He has represented the Division of Blair since 2007, and has been a consistent advocate for Christian values, particularly staying firm on the value of traditional marriage.
Teresa Harding -
Blair candidate for the Liberal National Party. She has been commended for her work as a senior manager in the Department of Defence, and plays an active role in supporting local small businesses, community and sporting groups.
Anthony Stanton -
Blair candidate for the Palmer United Party. He is a lawyer and business manager who's also spent 15 years working for both the Australian army and navy. Mr Stanton is currently working as an in-house lawyer for a construction company.
Dale Chorley -
Blair candidate for Katter's Australian Party. He has been a real estate agent for more than 20 years, and is passionate about protecting landowners' property rights.
Each candidate presented a speech to the audience, which was followed by a Q & A session moderated by ACL's Queensland Director Wendy Francis.
Some of the major issues discussed on the night included:
the Ipswich motorway
the carbon tax
financial pressures on families
The issue of marriage was also talked about; Mr Neumann, Ms Harding and Mr Chorley all confirmed their support for traditional marriage as between a man and a woman, and Mr Stanton said he would listen to the views of people in the electorate on the issue.
Areas in this electorate were affected dramatically by floods earlier this year, placing a huge burden on families and businesses. As a result, many voters in this region have become concerned about how the government will assist families and businesses during the recovery period.
The ACL will be conducting more MYCF in states around the country. To find out more information about these and other events in the lead up to the election, visit ACL's federal election website
Wendy Francis on the Political Spot about outdoor advertising
· August 13, 2013 10:00 AM
Wendy Francis is the Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she talks about the evidence she gave into the inquiry into outdoor advertising in the state last week.
MR: ACL welcomes push by Melbourne City Council to ban sexualised advertising
· August 09, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Friday, 9th August 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has today welcomed the decision by the Melbourne City Council to push for the banning of ads that sexualise women.
ACL spokesperson Wendy Francis says the initiative is a much-needed step towards dealing with the objectification of women in outdoor advertising.
“ACL congratulates Lord Mayor Robert Doyle for his stand against offensive and sexist imagery in Melbourne’s public spaces.
“This sets an example for other city councils around Australia to crack-down on sexualised advertising that threatens our children’s innocence and promotes negative representations of women and girls,” Mrs Francis said.
Apart from advocating for a ban on advertising that sexualises and objectifies women, the Council will also encourage the community to report such material.
The plan also includes creating special safety zones for women in the inner city with CCTV surveillance, strong lighting and security patrols.
“It is encouraging also to see the Brisbane City Council this week pass new legislation around flashing billboards so they don’t cause distraction to drivers.
“We urge other city councils and state governments to follow suit; there is currently an inquiry into sexualised outdoor advertising in Queensland to provide greater regulation around this issue.
“These are the types of measures we need to ensure our public spaces are made safe for all, especially women and children,” Mrs Francis said.
MR: Brothel work not like Maccas
· August 02, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Saturday, 3rd August 2013
The Queensland Government should reject the latest push by the sex industry to further normalise prostitution, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
"Unlike the claims made on ABC1's 7:30 last night, working in prostitution is not like working at Maccas," ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said.
Despite former Premier Peter Beattie's assurance that his brothel laws would be the toughest in the country, the sex industry keeps coming back asking for them to be weakened, Ms Francis said.
Ms Francis said studies showed that Mr Beattie's promise to make prostitution safe by regulating it had failed because the illegal sector exceeded the regulated sector and continued to grow.
"We were promised an end to the bad old pre-Fitzgerald days of the Moonlight State if we legalised brothels.
"Instead, we have more prostituted women than ever being put in harms' way.
"Providing a legal alternative has not reduced prostitution and giving legal brothels the ability to send young women out alone to the men who purchase them will not enhance safety."
Ms Francis agreed with calls to decriminalise prostitution but only if it became a criminal offence for a man to purchase a woman.
"Unless demand for prostituted women is targeted, both local and trafficked women will continue to be exploited and harmed in the legal and illegal sex industry."
Ms Francis said several Nordic countries were now less attractive markets for sex traffickers because the law targeted demand.
"The Queensland Government and the Crime and Misconduct Commission should send a delegation to Sweden, Norway and Iceland to investigate the success of this policy approach," Ms Francis said.
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· July 31, 2013 10:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as a Sexpo advertisement flying over a Brisbane school, and redefining marriage in the ACT. See below for links to mentions in the media.
On a Sexpo advertisement flying above a Brisbane Christian school:
Channel 7, Sunrise -
School anger over Sexpo ad
(ACL's Wendy Francis interviewed here)
Sexpo helicopter ad
(ACL's Wendy Francis interviewed here)
Courier Mail -
Helicopter ad for Sexpo riles Christians after it flies over Brisbane school
On redefining marriage in the ACT:
ACL's Managing Director Lyle Shelton was interviewed by
Ross Solly at 666 ABC Canberra
on Monday 29/07/13 about this issue
Christian Today Australia -
Australian Christian Lobby urges ACT Govt to leave marriage laws to federal jurisdiction
Australian Conservative -
ACT Govt should leave marriage definition to federal jurisdiction, ACL says
Australian Christian Lobby says ACT should leave marriage laws alone
Qld Plan Bible study notes by Wendy Francis
· July 09, 2013 10:00 AM
The Queensland Government (non party partisan) are currently seeking community contributions to the
– their vision for the next 30 years for our State.
We read in the Bible that God has called his people to impact the culture of the place where He has put them. Jeremiah 29:7 tells us to ‘seek the peace and prosperity of the place where God has carried us . . . as it prospers we too will prosper’.
Proverbs 29:18 says that without vision the people perish. It is incumbent upon the church to be the salt and light that God has called us to be.
ACL Queensland State Director, Wendy Francis, has developed a short Bible study for home groups, or for individuals, looking at the six questions posed in the Queensland Plan. Following through the study will assist Christians in discussing the plan, collaborating on possible answers and then to have input into the plan itself. This is a great opportunity that is presenting itself at a crucial time in our nation’s history.
There are two versions – a
higher res version for printing
lower res version for emailing
. Please contact Wendy Francis for any further information or advice.
ACL's Wendy Francis writes in Online Opinion
· July 01, 2013 10:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby's Queensland Director Wendy Francis (pictured right) has written an opinion piece, first published in Online Opinion, entitled
The inconsistency of modern western morality.
Below is a copy of the opinion piece. You can also read it on the Online Opinion website
The inconsistency of modern western morality
At times I feel like I am caught in some sort of weird ‘Alice in Wonderland’ scenario.
“...you should say what you mean,' the March Hare went on. `I do,' Alice hastily replied; `at least--at least I mean what I say--that's the same thing, you know.' `Not the same thing a bit!' said the Hatter. `You might just as well say that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see"!' `You might just as well say,' added the March Hare, `that "I like what I get" is the same thing as "I get what I like"!'
The real-life scenario I refer to is the inconsistency of what we as a society say we expect in regards to behaviour, as opposed to the behaviour we promote as being perfectly legitimate.. until it produces what we oppose in behaviour.
You reap what you sow is a modern day idiom which actually originates in the Bible. It remains a valuable lesson.
This year we as a nation have been shocked as we mourned together over the savage and brutal rape and murder of 29 year old Jill Meagher, and the terrible tragedy of young Joan Ryther, also raped, then murdered along with her unborn child by an 18 year old man while she was on her way to work. Her distraught husband
told Australia via the press
"Please, please don't forget my wife, my child and please, don't let this happen again"
. But on the very day that the memorial service was being held for Joan Ryther just south of Brisbane, in a northern suburb of Brisbane, Eatons Hill hotel hosted US Hip Hop entertainer, Tyler the Creator, whose lyrics include,
“Rape a pregnant bitch and tell my friends I had a threesome. You got a fucking death wish? I'm a genie, it'll get done”.
In their promotion of the event they said they were “thrilled to have our venue chosen” and that it was “very exciting”. Murder and rape is not exciting. Rather it is widely condemned in our society. But Tyler the Creator with his message of rape and murder is welcomed. This was despite a 20,000+ strong petition calling for him to not be allowed to spread his messages of hate against women.
Respect for our Australian military took a dive recently with more sex scandal details revealed resulting in the dismissal of five officers. Women had once again been treated as objects rather than equals with rather degrading behaviour. This is a huge disappointment to Australians who, every year on Anzac Day, celebrate the bravery, the courage and the heroic behaviour of our soldiers past and present. When those who we look to for protection act in a way that takes advantage of vulnerable people, our national sense of security and pride dissipates because we all acknowledge that there is nothing courageous or heroic about misogyny. But in the closing hours of the very week that the sexual misdemeanours were revealed, and Australia's top military representatives were using every means available to convey the message to the public that this behaviour would not be tolerated under any circumstances, a strip club billboard was erected on Samford Road, opposite the Gallipoli army barracksin Enoggera, Brisbane. Objectifying women and treating them as less than equal is unacceptable in our culture and we expect more of those in positions of trust. But our Government advertising watchdog dismisses all complaints when a huge brightly lit billboard appeals to our military officers after a week of scandal to come to a club to objectify women.
We allow the grooming of our society to accept the objectification of women through our advertising and then we are shocked at the outworking of that culture.
But it's not just the military that is impacted by this sexual advertising. The exact same strip club billboard had been removed weeks before from outside Brisbane Boys Grammar School, 8km away. This was not because the Advertising Standards Board had said it should go. They had already dismissed all complaints. In the end it was taken down on the back of a successful petition, signed by thousands. If this billboard was deemed to be unsuitable for Spring Hill in Brisbane, why would it be suitable for Enoggera? It can't be because it is not in the vicinity of schools. The local schools and kindergartens are within 500 metres of the billboard and it is on the main thoroughfare to and from the same.
What sort of society is it where we do not allow advertisements showing a person smoking a cigarette and yet it is permissible to portray explicit sexual advertising to children that objectifies women, sending messages that contribute to eating disorders, depression and self-harm?
There was wide-spread, justifiable shock and outrage recently at the alleged assault by Nigella Lawson's husband, Charles Saatchi, as we viewed in many forms of media, from many angles, photos of him mistreating her and grabbing her throat at a restaurant. As a society we took the opportunity to enforce the fact that women should not put up with domestic violence or any bad behaviour from any man. Bravo! But at the same time, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane hosted Tyler the Creator as he 'entertained' all age crowds with lyrics such as "Punch a bitch in her mouth just for talkin' shit”, and we called that art. From the stage in the Sydney concert, the artist shouted out to his loyal fans, "who is going to go out of here tonight and rape and kill someone?". The shouts of support with many fists raised in the air should send a chill through every Australian.
It would seem reasonable to me that young people attending the Tyler the Creator concert could be justifiably confused at the outrage directed towards Charles Saatchi for a comparably minor offence.
It's time we matched our messaging with our expectations. To say what we mean, and mean what we say. Otherwise it's just too confusing.
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· June 27, 2013 10:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as amendments to anti-discrimination laws and adoption laws in Tasmania, and outdoor advertising. See below for links to mentions in the media.
On amendments to the Adoption Act in Tasmania:
The Mercury -
Vote on gay adoption
On proposed changes to anti-discrimination legislation in Tasmania:
ABC News -
Christian lobby calls for block on gender law change
Christian lobby call for block on gender law change
ACL's Queensland Director Wendy Francis was interviewed on 96five on Monday 24th June about outdoor advertising regulation.
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