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MR: ACL welcomes new laws in ACT protecting sexual exploitation of youth
· April 12, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Friday, 12th April 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has welcomed new laws forbidding sexual relationships between young people and adults in positions of authority in the ACT.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said the laws passed in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday night are a sensible measure to minimise the exploitation of vulnerable young people.
“People in positions of authority need to be held accountable for inappropriate sexual behaviour upon young people in their care,” he said.
“Attorney-General Simon Corbell should be commended for providing this fundamental protection for a vulnerable sector in our society.”
The new laws make it a criminal offence for an adult with responsibility for a young person to have a sexual relationship with them, even if they consent. This applies to teachers, foster or step-parents, counselors, health professionals, youth workers and sports coaches.
Those found to be breaking this law could be charged with two new offences of sexual intercourse and act of indecency.
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.
ACL's Dan Flynn's radio debate on new R18+ Video Games category commencing 1 January 2013
· November 22, 2012 11:00 AM
This week SYN FM broadcast a spirited
between Victorian Director Dan Flynn and Tim Colwill, founder of R18+ Games Australia, concerning video game violence and its effect on children.
Federal Government legislation has created a new category of R18+ Video games that will commence on 1 January 2013. State Governments are enacting enforcement legislation to reflect the change.
The levels of sex and violence standards contained in the new R18+ category have been set by
determined by all State Attorneys- General.
ACL has consistently argued that its tentative support for the creation of the new R18+ category was on the basis that games currently inappropriately rated MA15+ be moved into the higher classification to send a clear message to parents and children that these games were extremely unsuitable for children.
New South Wales MP Greg Donnelly has
that after the introduction of the new rating, steps will be taken to reclassify at least 50 games currently rated MA15+ to R18+,where those games were previously shoehorned into the MA15+ category
It is of the utmost importance that material that is currently
refused classification (RC)
retain that classification. It appears, from comments by Tim Colwill in this debate, that he agrees.
Lyle Shelton on The Political Spot
· November 13, 2012 11:00 AM
Lyle Shelton is the Chief of Staff of the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to Daniel Simon about the Federal Government's announcement that it would not go ahead with its plans to introduce mandatory internet filtering of Refused Classification content at the internet service provider level.
MR: Injecting illicit drugs is never safe
· October 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Victorian Government's rejection of calls for a drug injecting trial in Melbourne.
ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said injecting illicit drugs is never safe and that Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge was right to stick to the Government’s election promise to oppose such a trial.
Mr Flynn said that
by Drug Free Australia into the Sydney supervised injecting facility found that for every user injecting in the “safe” rooms they inject elsewhere a further 34 times.
“Given that every injection is dangerous the proposed facility would not offer any effective protection.”
“Reduction in drug trafficking and drug related crime will only be achieved by rehabilitating addicts towards drug free status, not maintaining them in their addiction,” Mr Flynn said.
“The Sydney facility is estimated to cost in excess of $2.5m a year to run. That money would be more appropriately spent on programs to get addicts off drugs, including funding drug rehabilitation beds.”
A report by Dr Andrew Byrne in 2006 (cited in the Drug Free Australia report, p. 2) into the Sydney facility reveals that drugs regularly injected included heroin, ‘ice’ and cocaine.
Mr Flynn said that there was little evidence from assessments of the Sydney facility that drug users had been effectively referred to programs that helped them end their addiction.
“The message that injecting rooms send is that injecting is ok and can be safe. This is not a message we should be sending out to Victoria’s young people,” he said.
Drug Free Australia’s
of the Final Report of the Evaluation of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) reveals that the “overdose rate in the injecting room was 36 times higher than on the streets of Kings Cross."
Australia is obliged by International treaties to reduce demand for illicit drugs.
The United Nations International Narcotic Control Board, in a 2001
“. . . the operation of such facilities, where addicts inject themselves with illicit substances, condones Illicit drug use and drug trafficking and runs counter to the provisions of the international drug treaties.” (Para. 559)
Apart from the one facility in Sydney, no other Australian State or Territory has supported injecting rooms.
“The AMA should not be supporting such initiatives but instead investigating ways to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts,” Mr Flynn said.
“The Victorian Government should investigate the successful Swedish approach to illicit drugs. Key elements of the Swedish model are mandatory drug rehabilitation for those found addicted to drugs and strong policing of street selling.”
Education Minister cannot pass the buck on suicide book
· February 18, 2011 11:00 AM
The Australia Christian Lobby is calling on the Victorian government to intervene in the state’s education and remove disturbing books that directs school kids to write suicide notes.
“Concerns raised by parents and experts such as Michael Carr-Greg and Joe Tucci about the content of books on the English reading list for 13 year olds cannot be ignored by the Education Minister,” said Victorian Director Rob Ward.
“The Minister cannot and should not micro-manage the program of every classroom but this is clearly a case where his intervention is justified,” he said.
“While debate rages about proper funding for mental health services and the vital role played by well-being teams in schools, it is incongruous to see this kind of material, with all the risks of being “suggestive” to troubled young people, being placed on the curriculum.
“Our young people need support, guidance and positive role models. Being asked to produce a suicide note, even as an exercise in writing skills, sends the wrong message and would clearly place vulnerable children at risk,” he said.
Mr Ward said keeping this book on the reading list is contrary to common sense.
ACL welcomes youth violence inquiry’s call for classification review
· July 16, 2010 10:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today backed the call of a Federal Parliamentary inquiry into youth violence for a review of film and TV classification categories, saying the classification system is out-of-touch with community standards and needs a major overhaul.
ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton welcomed the Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth’s recognition of the contribution violence in the media is making to youth violence, although he said it was disappointing that greater inroads weren’t made by the inquiry into tackling the negative effects of drugs and alcohol on Australia’s young people.
“The committee’s recommendation on classification issues adds to the rising tide of concern over Australia’s classification system, which has effectively become a toothless tiger in safeguarding the community from an onslaught of sex and violence on our television screens, in our films, and in video games.
“There are very serious concerns over the effect the media environment is having in terms of sexualising young people and contributing to growing levels of youth violence,” Mr Shelton said.
“However we are well past the stage of tinkering around the edges. The classification system is broken and is in need of a complete overhaul.
“Stronger government regulation should be a priority – putting an end to a situation where the commercial interests of the media industry are being put ahead of the best interests of children.”
Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
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