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WA MP discusses sexualisation of children report
· July 08, 2014 10:00 AM
The Hon Robyn McSweeney is a Liberal member of the Western Australian Legislative Council since 2001, representing the region of South West. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she discusses the report by the Children's Commissioner looking at the sexualisation of children. Ms McSweeney was on the committee which tabled the report in parliament. Listen to the interview below and read the related
on the issue.
Western Australians walk and rally for life
· June 12, 2014 10:00 AM
Western Australia's 2014 Walk and Rally for Life was held in Perth this week calling for an end to abortion in the state.
Event organisers said around 700 people participated in the event on Tuesday night which began at Kings Park. They then processed behind banners proclaiming "You, me, all of us are just grown up embryos" and "Abortion stops a beating heart: No one deserves abortion" to Parliament House where they were greeted by ten prolife members of the Western Australian Parliament.
Five of the parliamentarians who came along also spoke on the night.
Abortion has been legal in Western Australia since May 1998 and its estimated 134,000 unborn children have died in the sixteen years since it became legal. More than 600 of these babies have been killed after 20 weeks gestation solely because of a disability such as Down Syndrome, spina bifida or dwarfism.
Several people shared their personal story on the night including Peter Rowley, who has spina bifida, and how he is now caring for his elderly parents. ACL board member Michelle Pearse read a delightful story from 21-year-old Caroline Crawford who has Down Syndrome and Alan Stevens shared about his two children with Fragile X Syndrome.
The organisers also collected over 500 signatures on an open letter to Premier Colin Barnett calling for greater protection for the unborn in WA.
The 2014 Walk and Rally for Life was organised by the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life, of which the Australian Christian Lobby is an affiliate.
The parliamentarians present included Hon Nick Goiran MLC, Member for South Metropolitan; Hon Michelle Roberts MLA, Member for Midland, Dr Graham Jacobs MLA, Member for Eyre, Margaret Quirk MLA, Member for Girrawheen, Peter Abetz MLA, Member for Southern River, Hon Kate Doust MLA, Member for South Metropolitan, Bill Johnson MLA, Member for Cannington, Glenys Godfrey MLA, Member for Belmont, Tony Krsticevic MLA, Member for Carine and Frank Alban MLA, Member for Swan Hills. Senator elect Joe Bullock was also present.
ACL's Lyle Shelton previews WA Senate Election
· March 25, 2014 11:00 AM
Lyle Shelton is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he previews the Western Australian Senate election on the 5th of April.
MR: Legalising brothels not the answer to protecting women in WA
· April 08, 2013 10:00 AM
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby today backed a push to oppose the reintroduction of legislation legalising brothels in Western Australia.
“Legalising brothels is a failed experiment and we know there is a link between legal brothels and human trafficking,” said Wendy Francis, ACL spokesperson on Prostitution and Human Trafficking.
“There is a disproportionate number of overseas and overseas-born women in prostitution and many have limited English skills which should send alarm bells to society.
“The 2010 The Sex Industry in Western Australia report showed that about half of prostituted men and women in Perth were not born in Australia and almost one in five rated their skills as ‘fair’ or ‘poor’.
“Increasingly we’re hearing stories of women being trafficked to Australia from south-east Asia and sold for sex. Only last year 18 men in South Korea were arrested for pimping women to Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.
Mrs Francis welcomed comments from Member for Southern River Peter Abetz for the government to send a delegation to Sweden to investigate the Nordic approach when it comes to prostitution reform which criminalises the purchase of sex and tackles the demand from ‘Johns’.
“ACL has made many submissions state and territory parliaments in Australia advocating this approach, but the best thing would be for Western Australian MPs to visit Sweden and see for themselves how it’s impacted society and the number of women being trafficked to the country.
Christian leaders raised the Nordic model with the Premier Colin Barnett and Opposition leader Mark McGowan at a pre-election forum attended by 800 people in February.
Mr Barnett encouraged MPs to use their travel entitlement to investigate the Nordic approach.
'The Government should send a delegation to Nordic and other countries which have adopted this successful policy approach to a difficult issue,' Ms Francis said.
“If Australia is really concerned about equality between men and women then prostitution reform is one area where we can encourage a healthy view of womanhood where they’re not viewed as objects available on demand for men’s pleasure,” she said.
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.
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