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Could this be a breakthrough in Indigenous recognition?
· January 22, 2015 11:00 AM
ACL welcomes bi-partisan efforts to recognise Indigenous Tasmanians
The Australian Christian Lobby today offered in-principle support for Premier Will Hodgman and Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie’s efforts to recognise indigenous people in Tasmania’s constitution.
ACL’s Tasmanian director Mark Brown said the willingness of the premier and Ms Ogilvie to work across the political divide for the betterment of indigenous people was welcome.
“Our Indigenous citizens have played a key role in forming the social and cultural heritage of our nation. Nevertheless, our history shows they haven’t always been treated with the respect they deserved and sadly Tasmania’s indigenous population was all but wiped out.
“If a Tasmanian bill passes, it will assist broader efforts to recognise Indigenous people in the proposed national referendum to recognise indigenous people in the Australian Constitution in 2017.
“There is an opportunity for Tasmania to play a leadership role in our nation.”
In order to win as widespread support from Tasmanians as possible, Mr Brown said it was important the bill was based on the simple proposition of recognition.
“While we should all respect other religions, including those of the indigenous population prior to white settlement, recognition of Aboriginal spirituality would unnecessarily complicate the important work of official indigenous recognition,” Mr Brown said.
MR: Tasmanians reject Greens-Labor social agenda
· March 15, 2014 11:00 AM
For release: Saturday March 15, 2014
The Australian Christian Lobby has congratulated the Liberal Party on its resounding win in the Tasmanian election and looks forward to working constructively with the new government.
ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said the enormous amount of time the State Parliament spent debating contentious social issues such as same-sex marriage (twice), abortion and euthanasia had proven unattractive to mainstream voters.
Mr Brown said Christian voters had also been disappointed with the lack of engagement by Labor during the election campaign.
Premier-elect Will Hodgman and a large number of his candidates had participated in ACL election activities.
Mr Hodgman had participated in an election interview where he committed to amend anti-discrimination laws to provide a general exemption to Christian schools when it comes to enrolling students and hiring staff.
“This was a welcome announcement which means Christian schools will be able to enrol students and employ staff who share the ethos and values of the school without being in breach of anti-discrimination laws,” he said.
Mr Brown said the ALP’s lack of engagement with the Christian community may well have contributed to its election loss.
“Only one sitting Labor MP participated in the five Meet Your Candidate Forums conducted by the lobby throughout the state. This was in comparison with seven sitting Liberal MPs and three sitting Greens MPs who attended,” he said.
“The ALP’s poor result should make for some serious soul searching regarding the future direction of the party. Many Tasmanian Christian Labor voters were disappointed with the party’s lack of engagement with the constituency,” Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown said it was time for Labor to move back to the political centre to ensure its appeal to mainstream Tasmanians.
The disproportionate amount of time spent working with the Greens on a radical social reform agenda at the expense of front and centre issues like jobs and the economy has contributed significantly to tonight’s result. This sentiment was confirmed by former ALP Premier Paul Lennon who on last night’s ABC 7.30 Report stated “it was the preoccupation with the social issues in Parliament rather than the basic issues of health and education and job development”.
Mr Brown said Labor had much to commend to Christian voters and he hoped it would not give up on this constituency as it sought to rebuild.
“Labor has proud historical roots in Christianity amongst Irish Catholic workers and Protestant Methodists who were at the forefront of the creation of the trade union movement. The ALP in its rebuilding process should not ignore these important foundations and ensure its appeal encompasses the large Tasmanian Christian constituency,” he said.
ACL interviews Tas Liberal leader Will Hodgman
· February 25, 2014 11:00 AM
In this lead up to the Tasmanian election on the 15th of March, the ACL's Tasmanian Director Mark Brown interviewed Liberal Leader Will Hodgman on a range of issues. Mark Brown invited Labor Premier Lara Giddings to do an interview but declined. Her office has said she would provide a written response to the questions. This is a 10 minute excerpt of the interview Mr Brown did with Mr Hodgman. The full interview can be found on www.tasvotes.org.au
MR: ACL releases interview with Tas Liberal Leader Will Hodgman
· February 24, 2014 11:00 AM
Monday, 24th February 2014
ACL has released an exclusive video interview with Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman about his position on issues of concern to Christians in the lead up to the state election.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Labor Premier Lara Giddings declined the opportunity to be interviewed but has said she would supply a written response to the questions.
Mr Brown said the 20 minute interview is available to watch on
“Mr Hodgman gives his position on a number of issues including unemployment, education, abortion, marriage, anti-discrimination, gambling, sexualisation of society and health,” he said.
If elected in March, Mr Hodgman gave an undertaking to amend anti-discrimination legislation to allow for a general exemption so faith-based schools would have the freedom to select staff and students who shared their ethos.
“On the issue of abortion, Mr Hodgman has indicated his concern at the legislation passed late last year which infringed on a doctor’s right to freedom of conscience,” Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown said ACL was providing opportunities for Christians to make an informed vote this election with its
Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast
event tomorrow and
Meet Your Candidate Forums
being held around the state over the next two weeks.
“Tomorrow’s business breakfast will discuss the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to strong Tasmanian families and communities with economist Professor Ian Harper, local innovator and business strategist Professor Jonathan West, and Mission Australia’s Noel Mundy,” he said.
“The five Meet Your Candidate Forums provide an opportunity for people to meet their local candidates and understand the values and ideas that they’ll bring to the job if elected,” he said.
The website also has a conscience vote history table of current sitting MPs showing how they voted on issues including surrogacy, marriage, adoption, abortion and euthanasia legislation in the past three years.
Mr Brown said the majority of Tasmanians identify themselves as being of the Christian faith.
“Elections are a good time for Christians to positively influence society through electing people of good character who share their desire to see a more moral, just and compassionate society,” he said.
Mr Hodgman’s interview and other election resources are available at
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