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Wendy Francis on The Political Spot
· August 28, 2012 10:00 AM
Premier Campbell Newman has been making budget cuts in an effort to balance Queensland's budgets, but some are concerned that these cuts are going too far, with frontline services to the state's most vulnerable people being affected or cut altogether. ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis spoke with Daniel Simon about the cuts.
MR: ACL concerned Qld budget cuts are hitting the most vulnerable
· August 24, 2012 10:00 AM
Friday, 24 August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern that some frontline services to Queensland’s most vulnerable people are being affected by the Government’s budget cuts.
ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said ACL understood the need for the Government to balance its budget, but was concerned some of the cuts were going too far.
Ms Francis had spoken to a number of charities working with the disadvantaged.
“While the community and not-for-profit sector does need to play its part in helping reduce the deficit, it is hard to understand why cuts of relatively small amounts of money are being made to not-for-profits working at the coal-face with the disadvantaged,” Ms Francis said.
“They have proven track-records of effective assistance to our most needy,” she said.
In Ipswich alone, two Salvation Army community development programs have already been axed, and many trainees are now at risk of being forced out of their courses.
Other programs likely to be affected by the funding cuts include the Pacific Islanders program in Goodna catering to disadvantaged young people, and the Logan-based Participants in Prosperity program for ex-offenders.
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· August 22, 2012 10:00 AM
In the last week the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as marriage, religious freedom and social policy. See below for links to mentions in the media.
The ACL’s Lyle Shelton had an opinion piece published in The Punch regarding same-sex marriage:
The Punch -
Gay marriage debate is more complex than "free love"
Mr Shelton also commented on religious vilification in Australia:
The Canberra Times -
Christian lobby takes govt to task
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace wrote an opinion piece for The Mercury on social policy:
The Mercury -
Social policy lesson for Labor
The ACL also commented on religious freedom in Pakistan:
ACL calls on Australian government to pressure Pakistan on religious freedom
The ACL’s Wendy Francis commented on the creation of a new Christian lobby group:
Brisbane Times -
Liberal Christians speak out
Wendy Francis on the Political Spot
· August 14, 2012 10:00 AM
Wendy Francis is the Queensland State Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. She spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the NT election which is on next week. Wendy Francis was in Darwin recently to host the Make it Count leaders forum which was attended by the Country Liberal Party's Terry Mills.
What billboards tell us about Australian ideals
· April 15, 2011 10:00 AM
Queensland's State Director Wendy Francis has written an opinion piece published in Sight Magazine today on the impact of billboards and outdoor advertising on children. See
It was British writer Norman Douglas who said -“You can tell the ideals
of a nation by its advertisements.”It rings true when you take a look outside these days and notice the content on billboards.
According to the Advertising Standards Bureau and Australian advertisers, the often sexually-explicit images and messages which can be found on billboards, bus shelters, shop windows and the sides of public transport is in line with prevailing community standards. Ads that, in a workplace
would be deemed to be sexual harassment, are promoted as clever advertising in our public spaces.
Attendees at the federal inquiry into outdoor advertising held in Melbourne in the first week of April heard a very different story. The inquiry received submissions from the Salvation Army, Kids free 2b Kids, Collective Shout and the Australian Christian Lobby. The combined voice of these groups concluded with a strong attack on the advertising industry and a call for a mandatory G rating for all outdoor advertising.
So what’s the fuss about? Where does one start. Last year in Brisbane there was a billboard campaign less than five metres from the Brisbane Boys Grammar School gate for a ‘naughty bar’ which is actually a strip club. The images were explicit, very large and at head height. All complaints to the Advertising Standards Bureau were dismissed.
These complaints were followed up with the Outside Media Association and verbal agreement was given that perhaps the placement of this particular advertising campaign was in poor taste. After an unusually long advertising campaign the billboards were finally replaced and the school and the community breathed a sigh of relief. But not for long. The strip club billboard campaign has recently reappeared 400 metres down the road. A letter from the school principal was tabled at the inquiry in support of G-Rated outdoor advertising and agreeing with the view that prevailing community standards would not condone the advertising of a strip club to children.
A current billboard campaign on one of Brisbane’s busiest roads shows the back view of a nude man. He is selling a brand of natural tea. If this man were actually standing on the side of the road in this manner he would be arrested. But instead, we enlarge him and put him up on a billboard and consider it to be acceptable advertising. What message is this sending to our children?
I have not met a parent who is happy for their children to read slogans regarding erection difficulty, or to be able to identify the world’s thinnest condom, or to know which fertility clinic offers the quickest ‘route’ to get pregnant, or be told to text the word 'hard' to 1800 RAISE IT. The parents I know want to reserve their right to have some control over their children’s viewing of sexual imagery and messaging.
But it would seem that not everyone agrees with this position. The Eros foundation, which represents the adult and entertainment industry, also made a submission to the Federal Inquiry. At best it was unconvincing. At worst it was insulting. It is Eros’ view that a very small minority of strongly religious people punch well above their weight in making complaints around billboard advertising. In reference to religious people it said, “They use shrill and righteous rhetoric to drive their arguments rather than fact and logic,” and “Religious campaigns to rid the highways of ‘filth’ and ‘pornography’ often reflect cultish behaviour and attract slightly unhinged people to them.”
The Outdoor Media Association also weighed into the argument claiming it already had an unofficial pre-vetting system in place and that it does send some ads back to the advertiser before the ads are placed. It is clear this ‘unofficial’ system did not work with the Calvin Klein rape billboard and the 'have an affair’ billboard - both of which were found to breach the code and yet made it through this 'pre-vetting' system.
The Association also claimed it is in the industry's 'best interest' to act responsibly so as not to have its billboards removed. In actual fact, companies can make a lot of money from controversy and it appears that some have become adept at working the self-regulation system. When Sexpo billboards created community outrage in Ipswich last year, newspaper articles were written showing the ads as well as giving information as to when and where Sexpo was taking place, resulting in the sort of publicity money can’t buy.
To allow our children’s best interest to come second behind the mighty advertising machine is incredibly short-sighted. The call to clean up outdoor advertising is not new, but it is gaining momentum and will not be silenced. The current self-regulatory system has failed to protect the rights of children regarding early sexualisation, and research is showing that it is leading to damaging effects such as eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression. There have been decades of adverse reaction from community groups regarding inappropriate advertising, but this long-standing community dissatisfaction has been ignored and advertisers have continued to enjoy the current system, which places the onus on a wearied public to complain.
The time to clean up advertising is now. The inquiry is expected to make its recommendations to the Attorney-General in June.
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