::Alive and Kicking |
The upper house committee has tabled its report into the bill. Debate is set to take place November 19. Please contact MLCs straight away. [ 15/11/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
A report from the upper house inquiry into the bill is due to be tabled November 12th, with debate likely soon after. [ 30/10/2013 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
 The NSW Parliament will begin debating redefining marriage next week according to today's Sydney Morning Herald. [ 23/10/2013 ]
::Care not Killing |
The euthanasia bill is set to be debated in the Tasmanian lower house on the afternoon of Wednesday, 16th October. Click here to email MPs to register concern with the bill. [ 09/10/2013 ]
::Care not Killing |
 The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013 was introduced in Parliament yesterday. The bill can be read here. [ 27/09/2013 ]
::Care not Killing |
 It is expected that a private members bill will be tabled in Parliament today by Greens leader Nick McKim and Premier Lara Giddings. [ 26/09/2013 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell today introduced a bill into the Territory Assembly to redefine marriage. [ 19/09/2013 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
The ACT Labor-Greens Government has signalled its intent to legalise same-sex marriage in the Territory. Please email MLAs asking them not to redefine marriage. [ 11/09/2013 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
Kevin Rudd wants to redefine marriage. Please email your local MP today and remind them of your support for man-woman marriage. [ 12/08/2013 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
This August there will be a debate about redefining marriage in the NSW Parliament. Please email your MP asking them not to redefine marriage. [ 07/08/2013 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in South Australia was introduced into the lower house on Wednesday, 19th June. Send your MP an email urging them to vote against the bill.
[ 05/07/2013 ]
::Care not Killing |
It is likely a euthanasia bill will still be introduced into Tasmania’s lower house later in 2013 despite there being little support for it. [ 03/07/2013 ]
::Women are Worth More |
Police in Melbourne have arrested a number of people believed to have been a part of a syndicate illegally managing more than 100 sex workers at brothels across the city. Read more. [ 03/07/2013 ]
::Kids' rights count |
 It is likely that the Adoption Amendment Bill 2013 will be debated in the upper house as early as Wednesday 26th June. [ 18/06/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
 The Tasmanian Upper House voted overwhelmingly in favour of sending the bill to a standing committee. This will ensure the bill gets further scrutinised before being voted on or amended later in the year. [ 18/06/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
 URGENT ACTION: A new parliamentary e-petition has been generated to oppose this bill in the Upper House. Please sign and pass around the link. [ 21/05/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
Despite all Liberal MPs voting against Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne's abortion bill, it passed the lower house by a vote of 13-11. Attention now turns to the upper house. [ 18/04/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne has tabled an amended Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill that lowers the age of unfettered abortion from 24 down to 16 weeks. However, the heart of the bill has not changed, equating abortion with any other medical procedure by removing it from the Criminal Code. Doctors will now not be fined but will still be compelled to refer a woman to an abortion provider. [ 12/04/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
URGENT ACTION: A new parliamentary e-petition has been generated to oppose this latest amendment. Please sign and pass around the link. [ 12/04/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
A NZ study has found: "There is no available evidence to suggest that abortion has therapeutic effects in reducing the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy. There is suggestive evidence that abortion may be associated with small to moderate increases in risks of some mental health problems." [ 12/04/2013 ]
::Kids' rights count |
The bill to allow couples in a 'significant relationship', including same-sex coouples, to adopt children passed the lower house yesterday by a margin of 18 votes to 4. Attention now turns to the upper house. [ 10/04/2013 ]
::Women are Worth More |
 A New Zealand MP recently found that girls as young as 13 were making up to $600 a night working as prostitutes in Auckland. [ 28/03/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
There is an e-petition available on the Parliament website to express concern about late term abortion. Please take the time to sign it and pass the link on to your friends. [ 26/03/2013 ]
::Kids' rights count |
Children's Minister Michelle O’Byrne has tabled legislation in the parliament to amend the Adoption Act 1988 to allow those registered with a 'significant relationship', including unmarried and same-sex couples, to adopt an unknown child. The bill will be debated in the lower house sometime after the 9th April 2013 depending on what else in on the parliamentary agenda. [ 21/03/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
New polling shows that Tasmanians are opposed to late term abortion. [ 18/03/2013 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne has released a draft bill to move abortion out of the Criminal Code, making it equivalent to any other surgical procedure. You have until Friday, 5 April 2013 to have your say. [ 14/03/2013 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
The NSW Parliament is conducting an inquiry into same-sex marriage. Click here to write a submission by March 1. [ 15/02/2013 ]
::Women are Worth More |
A recent ABC news article indicated a possible delay on sex industry reform due to it being too divisive. [ 11/02/2013 ]
::Care not Killing |
A 'Voluntary Assisted Dying Discussion Paper' has been released for public comment. [ 03/02/2013 ]
::Women are worth more |
Thanks to the hard work of ACL supporters and other groups, the Prostitution Bill 2011 will not be passed by the Liberal Government. With our MPs gearing up for an election, now is the time to tell them the benefits of the Swedish Model. Write to your MP today! [ 03/12/2012 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
After defeats of same-sex ‘marriage' in the federal and Tasmanian parliaments, the battle to defend marriage has now moved to the South Australian parliament where the Greens again want to redefine it. [ 05/11/2012 ]
::Women are Worth More |
We continue to await the government's response to submissions received as part of discussion paper released earlier in the year on the regulation of prostitution in Tasmania. [ 23/10/2012 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
On the 30th August the Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2012 passed the lower house of parliament. The bill is likely to be debated in the upper house on Wednesday 26th September. At present the vote looks to be very tight. [ 06/09/2012 ]
::Kids' rights count |
The surrogacy bill has passed the upper house, creating the potential for a new stolen generation. Focus now turns to the issue of same-sex adotpion. [ 30/08/2012 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
Debate is set to start on the entirely invented legal construct of 'same-sex marriage' in the Tasmanian lower house this afternoon. [ 30/08/2012 ]
::Women are worth more |
The new attorney-general wishes to see the bill passed before next year's election while the Opposition has declared it would support repealing its own 2008 legislation if the Government raised it in parliament. Please continue to contact you MPs to let them know where you stand. [ 29/08/2012 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
A same-sex marriage bill has been introduced into the parliament jointly by Premier Lara Giddings and Greens' leader Nick McKim. [ 28/08/2012 ]
::Kids' rights count |
The surrogacy bill will be debated in the upper house this week. Ask politicians to uphold the right of children to at least begin life with a mum and a dad. [ 27/08/2012 ]
::Man+Wife4Life |
ACL's Jim Wallace writes in The Mercury that the Tasmanian ALP has not learnt from the experience of its Qld counterparts in its rush to legislate radical social change. [ 23/08/2012 ]
::Care not Killing |

Alex Schadenberg’s visit to Hobart 28th June

Alex is the Canadian and International head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. His visit had significant and timely impact given the imminent release of a discussion paper on euthanasia. Alex was able to get a good amount of media attention including WIN News, ABC Radio, well as major Tasmanian newspapers). Alex spoke at a breakfast of prominent Tasmanian professionals opposed to euthanasia. He also made a presentation to the upper house that was well attended, with a few MHAs joining in to hear Alex share why euthanasia is never a good idea no matter what model is proposed. A public forum also was very informative and many of the difficult questions raised in the Q&A segment were addressed very well. Thanks to Paul Russell from HOPE: preventing eutha-nasia & assisted suicide for bringing Alex to Tasmania. [ 10/07/2012 ]

::Women are worth more |

The future of the bill is now uncertain as a new Attorney General is yet to be announced. Be certain to encourage your local member to express your point of view on prostitution to the next AG. [ 27/06/2012 ]

::Care not Killing |
A new resource has been launched online featuring eminent Tasmanians sharing their professional opinions on the harms and risks to individuals and society associated with any removal of the legal prohibition on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Tasmania. The website is called RealDignityTas - Respectful Ethical and Legitimate end of life care. [ 24/05/2012 ]
::Care not Killing |
 Public Meeting - WHY TASMANIANS SHOULD SAY NO TO EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE
Paul Russell from HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide will host a public meeting with Canadian and International head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Alex Schadenberg, next month in Hobart.
WHEN: Thursday June 28 at 7pm.
WHERE: Hobart City Church of Christ, 203 Liverpool St, Hobart
COST: A collection will be taken up to assist with covering costs. [ 24/05/2012 ]
::Women are Worth More |
The opportunity to comment on the discussion paper has now passed. Please focus your attention now on emailing MPs to let them know you don't want the exploitation of women to be endorsed by the government through the legalisation of brothels. [ 28/03/2012 ]
::Kids' rights count |
Parliament is set to resume debate on the Surrogacy Bill this week. ACL has issued a media release urging Tasmania's upper house member to vote against the proposal as it is not in the best interests of children. [ 26/03/2012 ]
::Kids' rights count |
The Government has accepted only about half of the recommendations of an upper house inquiry into its Surrogacy Bill - see official response here. Of concern is its rejection of a recommendation to give surrogate children access to information on gamete donors, also ignoring a key recomendation from a Senate report. [ 23/03/2012 ]
::Women are Worth More |
The deadline for submissions has now been extended to March 23. Click here for more details. [ 08/03/2012 ]
::Kids' rights count |
We have now updated the campaign to take account of the fact the Government is now planning to allow same-sex couples to adopt 'unknown' children. Please speak up for the rights of children to be raised by a mum and dad, wherever possible. [ 06/03/2012 ]
::Women are Worth More |
Attorney-General Brian Wightman has released a discussion paper on the regulation of prostitution in Tasmania. Submissions are due by March 9. [ 20/01/2012 ]
::Women are worth more |
Debate on the bill has yet to start, with the earliest time it could be debated in mid to late February 2012 when parliament sits again. [ 20/12/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
Good news: the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has stated the Coalition will honour its election commitment and vote as a party to support marriage remaining in law as the union of one man and one woman. [ 12/12/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The ALP has voted to change its party policy to support same-sex marriage, but has allowed its members a conscience vote. Expect the issue to be debated in the parliament next year. [ 04/12/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The AMF petition with 100,000 signatures in support of marriage has been presented to ALP delegates in the lead up to their national conference. [ 02/12/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The next stage of the battle to save marriage is in full swing, with the ALP National Conference in early December to debate the issue. Please sign the new petition to preserve man-woman marriage. [ 14/11/2011 ]
::Women are worth more |
 The prostitution bill was introduced into the WA Parliament last week and is expected to pass with the support of Independent MP Janet Woollard. [ 08/11/2011 ]
::Save the Dates |
 The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority has declared that it will be retaining the use of BC and AD in the history curriculum. General manager of curriculum Robert Randall told a Senate hearing that the curriculum will be amended to ensure that BC and AD continues to be taught. [ 24/10/2011 ]
::Save the Dates |
The Federal Government has announced a new curriculum which removes Christ from our dating system, replacing the historical terms Before Christ (BC) and Anno Domini (AD) with the politically correct terms Before the Common Era (BCE) and Common Era (CE).

[ 22/09/2011 ]

::man+wife4life! |
A clear majority of the 30 MPs who reported back to parliament said their electorates favoured retaining the current definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. This is a tremendous result, but your continued support for this campaign is absolutely vital. [ 25/08/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
MPs are reporting back to parliament today on their constituents' views on marriage. The completed petition with 52,000 signatures has been tabled in the Senate - a great effort. [ 24/08/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The ABC reports that the House of Representatives has agreed that members should report back to the House in mid-August on the consultation into same-sex marriage instigated by Greens MP Adam Bandt. NOW is to time to have your say in support of marriage – send an email to your local member today. [ 06/07/2011 ]
::Women are worth more |
The WA Government has released a draft prostitution bill.  If passed, brothels and the explotation of women will be legal.  Write to your MP today!   [ 16/06/2011 ]
::Kids' rights count |
Good news - the Surrogacy Bill 2011 has been referred to a committee for inquiry. This provides another opportunity for the dangers of surrogacy to be presented to decision-makers. Be on the look out for further information on this inquiry and how you can be involved. [ 15/06/2011 ]
::Kids' rights count |
Debate on the Surrogacy Bill 2011 is scheduled to commence in the upper house next Wednesday, 15th June. Please contact MLCs straight away to express your concerns with the bill. [ 09/06/2011 ]
::Kids' rights count |
Demonstrating the fraught nature of surrogacy, the first surrogate mother under Queensland’s Surrogacy Act regrets her decision to participate in the process – read more. [ 11/05/2011 ]
::Kids' rights count |
The Surrogacy Bill has passed the lower house. The vote is likely to be tight in the upper house, so please send an email now to express your concern for a child’s right to a mum and a dad. [ 15/04/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The Make a Stand marriage petition now has over 20,000 supporters. This is a tremendous effort, but many more signatures are required if marriage is to be preserved. [ 11/04/2011 ]
::Kids' rights count |
Debate on the Surrogacy Bill has commenced in Tasmania’s Lower House. Please take this opportunity to write to MPs to express your concern for the rights of children. [ 06/04/2011 ]
::ACT Prostitution Inquiry |
Another Newspaper story by the Canberra Times, along with an opinion piece about the lack of equality in prostitution. Now is the time to respond with letters to the editor - click here. [ 25/03/2011 ]
::Care not Killing |
David van Gend, a Toowoomba GP and a senior lecturer in palliative medicine at the University of Queensland, has written a well-argued article in today’s The Australian against legalised euthanasia, saying it corrupts the relationship between the state and its most vulnerable citizens. [ 25/03/2011 ]
::Kids' rights count |
Attorney-General David Bartlett has introduced surrogacy bills into the Tasmanian Parliament. See his media release here, and an article here. Please act now to speak up for children! [ 17/03/2011 ]
::Women are worth more |
Submissions to the Attorney General's office have now closed but it is still important to write to your local member! [ 10/03/2011 ]
::ACT Prostitution Inquiry |
A front page Canberra Times article has been linked, which shows that the sex trade in Canberra could expand into the suburbs. Why not respond with a letter to the editor? [ 07/03/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The ACL's Jim Wallace has an article published in today's The Australian explaining how religious freedom is threatened by same sex marriage. [ 03/03/2011 ]
::Care not Killing |
Euthanasia is again at the forefront of the political debate, with concern that Bob Brown's new bill to return powers to the territories could open the way for euthanasia to be legalised in the future - read more. [ 03/03/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
Katrina Fox, writing on the ABC's Drum Unleashed opinion site, argues that marriage should be redefined and opened up to a whole range of domestic relationships - read more. [ 02/03/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
What a tremendous response to the marriage petition - the milestone of 10,000 signed up marriage supporters was reached today! Keep getting the word out there for others to sign and to see marriage secured. [ 18/02/2011 ]
::ACT Prostitution Inquiry |
Submissions into the Prostitution Inquiry have been given an extension and are now due in at the end of March. [ 14/02/2011 ]
::ACT Prostitution Inquiry |
New article added about 'The myths and facts about Legal prostitution' in 'more info' at the bottom of the campaign page. [ 14/02/2011 ]
::ACT Prostitution Inquiry |
Have added a link on 'How to write a submission' which should be helpful for those wanting to make their submission professional and effective. See 'more info' in the ACT prostitution campaign for details. [ 14/02/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
ACL has hosted a successful 'man+wife4life' event in Darwin in support of marriage remaining the union of a man and a woman. Click here to read more. [ 09/02/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The Australian columnist Christopher Pearson has revealed how activists have stifled debate on marriage by pressuring advertisers to withdraw funding of an opinion website that published a pro-marriage article. [ 05/02/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
With Federal Parliament set to resume next week, we have launched a petition in support of marriage - please click here to sign it today! [ 04/02/2011 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The Federal Parliament has passed a motion calling on MPs to gauge their constituents’ views on marriage. Please take this opportunity to talk to your local Member. [ 13/12/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
SCAG has today deffered making a final decision on whether to allow an R18+ rating for video games. See ACL media release for more information. [ 10/12/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor maintains the pressure on Classification Ministers to introduce the R18+ rating for video games by releasing an international comparison of games restricted to adults. [ 09/12/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
The final report from the R18+ games consultation shows that although a vast majority of submissions from individuals were in support of the rating being introduced, submissions from organisations and groups was split almost 50-50 for and against the introduction of the R18+ rating for video games. [ 08/12/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
ACL Media Release: Dollars and spin driving violent video game push. [ 06/12/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton writes on why an R18+ rating for video games is not in the interests of children at ABC's online technology site. Click here to read the article. [ 06/12/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
The Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor has released the results of a national telephone poll which found that 70% of Australians agree that it would be difficult for parents to stop children from accessing R18+ games if the rating were introduced. Click here to read the full poll. [ 05/12/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
ACL Media Release: Violent interactive R18+ video game decision not a done deal. [ 05/12/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
The Attorney-General's Department today published a literature review on the impact of playing violent video games on aggression'. Clear here to read it. [ 01/12/2010 ]
::Women are worth more |
WA Attorney General Christian Porter is calling for public comment on proposed prostitution reforms.  Write to your pollie and send a submission today.  [ 01/12/2010 ]
::Save our Scripture |
The NSW Opposition have announced they will axe the St James Ethics Centre's secular ethics classes if elected in March next year. [ 24/11/2010 ]
::Care not Killing |
Debate on Bob Brown's euthanasia bill has stalled in the Senate, with Coalition and Family First Senator Steve Fielding joining forces to block debate. A vote is unlikely to take place until next year. [ 19/11/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
SCAG will be meeting in Canberra on December 10 to discuss whether to include an R18+ rating for computer games in the National Classification Scheme. Click here to send an email to Attorneys-General letting them know that you're opposed to this move. [ 18/11/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
Elizabeth Handsley, Professor of Law at Flinders University and president of the Australian Council on Children and the Media, again joins the debate on the R18+ game rating, writing that 'R18+ arguments for games don't stack up'. [ 11/11/2010 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
Whilst pro-abortionists in Australia are pressuring parliaments to allow abortion on demand, across the world in Canada their Parliament is debating whether to make it a criminal offence to coerce a pregnant woman into having an abortion. Read more. [ 03/11/2010 ]
::Care not Killing |
Yesterday's The Age newspaper takes a look at the launch of the 'Care not Killing' campaign. Read more. [ 01/11/2010 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
"Qld polling challenges pro-abortionist claims" - read a media release and read the polling report (PDF file). [ 29/10/2010 ]
::Care not Killing |
Euthanasia is again up for debate in our Federal Parliament. Sign the petition today to send a clear message to the Senate that legalising euthanasia is a dangerous path that puts vulnerable lives at risk. [ 27/10/2010 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
The Cairns couple who aborted their baby using allegedly illegally imported drugs were acquitted last week. This has not stopped abortion activists from campaigning to have all protections for unborn babies removed from Qld and NSW law. [ 17/10/2010 ]
::Alive and Kicking |
Alive and Kicking has been launched today to help you tell Premiers Anna Bligh and Kristina Keneally and your local MPs that we don't need open slather abortion laws. [ 12/10/2010 ]
::Care not killing |
Great news: the euthanasia bill of Greens MP Robin Chapple has been soundly defeated by a vote of 11 for, 24 against in the Upper House. Thank you to the many people who signed petitions and contacted politicians to speak out against the bill. [ 23/09/2010 ]
::Care not killing |
The voluntary euthanasia bill introduced by Greens MP Robin Chapple is expected to be debated by the WA Legislative Council in the sitting week of 21 to 23 September 2010. Please send a 'pollie mail' to your Upper House members today letting them know you're against legalised euthanasia. [ 13/09/2010 ]
::Kids' Rights Count |
The same sex adoption bill passed the state's upper house and will now become law. Thank you to all the people who emailed their elected representatives to share your concerns with them. [ 10/09/2010 ]
::Save our Scripture |
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the future of the ethics program in NSW schools is dependent on the report of an independent academic from the University of South Australia, Dr Sue Knight. The report is expected to be published within the month. [ 07/09/2010 ]
::Kids' Rights Count |
The NSW lower house today narrowly passed the Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2010 by 45 votes to 43. Another close vote is expected in the upper house when the bill is debated over the coming week. Please continue to email MLCs to let them know that allowing same sex adoption is not in the best interests of children. [ 02/09/2010 ]
::Keep IT clean! |
Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has announced that the Government will employ a suite of measures to ensure that the list of websites to be blocked by the mandatory ISP filter is done in a transparent and accountable fashion. Also, a review of Refused Classification will take place prior to the policy being legislated, and a number of ISPs announce voluntary filtering of child abuse material, a move that ACL welcomes. [ 09/07/2010 ]
::Keep IT clean! |
New PM Julia Gillard has re-confirmed the Government's commitment to its ISP filtering policy, despite online speculation that the policy would face the chop under the new leadership. [ 07/07/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
Former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has written an opinion article in The Australian arguing that an R18+ rating for games is "good for parents, good for kids, and good for a booming new industry employing lots of Australians (i.e. the economy)". Apparently making more graphically violent and sexually explicit interactive media more readily available in Australia is good for us! [ 03/07/2010 ]
::Keep IT clean! |
Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has vowed that the Government will press ahead with its plan to filter Refused Classification material at the ISP level, despite fierce opposition from activists and some internet organisations. [ 31/05/2010 ]
::Care not killing |
Greens MLC Robin Chapple yesterday introduced his Voluntary Euthanasia Bill into the WA parliament. Click here to read a media report. Please fire off a pollie mail today asking your Upper House members to reject the bill because it puts the lives of vulnerable West Australians at risk. [ 21/05/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
The Attorney-General's Department has published a status report on the R18+ game classification consultation. It is an interesting read, which reveals that the majority of submissions were sent by two pro-R18+ organisations, and that most participants came from the same demographic. [ 12/05/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
Attorneys-general, as expected, failed to reach a decision on R18+ games at their meeting last Friday. They are seeking "further analysis of community and expert views". Please continue to email attorneys-general letting them know that an R18+ rating for games is no game! [ 10/05/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace has an article published on today's The Punch online opinion site arguing why the R18+ classification for games is not a sensible idea. [ 06/05/2010 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
The Attorney-General will announce today the Government's response to the National Human Rights Consultation report and recommendations. The Australian newspaper is speculating that they will reject the most cotroversial recommendations, including the enactment of a Charter of Rights - let's hope so! [ 21/04/2010 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Great news! In a speech today the Attorney-General Robert McClelland said that the Government would not adopt a charter of rights as part of its response to the Human Rights Consultation. This is a fantastic result for the thousands of people who signed the petition against the charter, and who wrote to politicians with their concerns. Thanks for all your efforts. [ 21/04/2010 ]
::Save our Scripture |
The trial of secular ethics classes begins in ten New South Wales primary schools today - read report here. [ 20/04/2010 ]
::Faith Under Fire! |
Thanks to the many hundreds of people who engaged with this issue and shared their concerns with politicians, but the EO Bill passed last week. Fortunately the Opposition has expressed a commitment to repeal the draconian aspects of the Bill if elected. Please continue to be vigilant on this issue and keep informed. [ 19/04/2010 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Finally, some movement from the Government camp on the charter issue, with the Attorney-General Robert McClelland set to address the National Press Club this Wednesday. The SMH is speculating that a charter will be ruled out, but maybe only in this electoral cycle. Keep the emails coming and maintain the pressure on the pollies to reject the charter! [ 19/04/2010 ]
::Save our Scripture |
The SMH reports that due to a flurry of complaints, the NSW Government is refusing to guarantee the ethics class trial will go ahead next week. [ 17/04/2010 ]
::R18+ no game |
The Standing Committee of Attorneys General (SCAG) are set to examine whether to introduce an R18+ rating for computer games when they next meet on May 7. A concerted effort is needed to let them know that allowing more violent games into Australia is just not on. [ 15/04/2010 ]
::Save our Scripture |
ACL today launched its ‘Save Our Scripture’ campaign. Please email your NSW pollies asking them to support the continued instruction of scripture in NSW State schools. [ 14/04/2010 ]
::Faith Under Fire! |
The Equal Opportunity Bill 2010 is now before the Parliament. It is regretably being processed with undue haste and contains a number of provisions of deep concern.  While some protections have been retained for religious groups, and the range of groups covered seems to have been expanded, the need to prove that sharing the faith & values of for instance a Christian School is an "inherent requirement" of a particular position, is going to be more than onerous for many faith based groups.
 While you and I might see that this provision as clear, statements by Rob Hulls the AG and by Helen Szoke of the VEOHRC make it clear that they intend for this to be interpreted in a way that is not conducive to religious freedom outside a very narrow band. 
Add to this the new power for the VEOHRC to initiate investigations without even one complaint should ring alarm bells for freedom in Victoria.  Please make your concerns known to your Upper House MP using the tools below. [ 30/03/2010 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
The Australian reports that Father Frank Brennan, the chair of the committee that recommended the enactment of a Human Rights Act, has been invited to address a caucus meeting to push the idea further. UQ law professor James Allan exposes the likely dangers of this encounter, and critiques the HRA. [ 10/03/2010 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
On Thursday, 11 February 2010, 48 Labor members of the Queensland parliament voted to deny some children their right to a mum AND dad. See how each pollie voted, and read the speeches of those who supported the Surrogacy Bill 2009. [ 24/02/2010 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Phillip Coorey of the SMH reports that the "Bill of rights looks dead in the water" after the proposal for a HRA met strong opposition in the federal cabinet. Meanwhile, The Australian has continued its campaign against the HRA with editor Paul Kelly writing that, "PM under pressure on the wrongs of human rights". [ 17/02/2010 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
Despite two ALP MPs (Margaret Keech and Michael Choi) crossing the floor to reject the Surrogacy Bill 2009 with the LNP and all independents, the bill was passed in parliament last night in a disappointing rejection of the best interests of the child. Thank you to the many hundreds of Queenslanders who spoke out against this tragic law by emailing their local members and signing petitions. [ 12/02/2010 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
Debate on the Surrogacy Bill 2009 has now begun in the Queensland Parliament. Please continue to email politicians to encourage them to vote in the best interests of the child. Also sign the petition to have the Bill split. [ 10/02/2010 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
With the Surrogacy Bill 2009 now number 2 on the Notice Paper under Government business, debate on the bill is now imminent. Please send a pollie mail today expressing your opposition to the bill. [ 09/02/2010 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
Chris Foley MP is sponsoring another petition, this time in support of a child's right not to be deliberately denied their natural mother and father. The petition calls on the Government to amend the Surrogacy Bill 2009 to offer a separate conscience vote on denying children a mum or a dad. Please sign the petition today! [ 08/02/2010 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Elise Parham, a policy analyst with the Centre for Independent Studies, writes in The Australian that with a Charter, "What looks like a fairytale ending would actually be more of a Shakespearean tragedy". Ms Parker is the author of the recent report, "Behind the moral curtain: the politics of a charter of rights", which is well worth a read. [ 04/02/2010 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
The Government has placed the Surrogacy Bill 2009 on the Notice Paper to be debated when parliament resumes next week, although the Attorney-General Cameron Dick revealed in a radio interview yesterday that it might not be so shortly forthcoming. In the same radio segment, Family Council of Queensland spokesman Dr David van Gend gave an excellent account of why the Government's surrogacy bill is not in the best interests of children. Please click here to listen to it. [ 04/02/2010 ]
::R18+ No Game |
The Australian Government is asking, "Should the Australian National Classification Scheme include an R18+ classification category for computer games?" This would allow more violent and sexually explicit games to enter the Australian market. Please write a short submission today, answering "NO" to this proposal. [ 28/01/2010 ]
::Keep IT clean! |
The Federal Government today published the long-awaited report of its trial of internet filtering at the ISP level. Based on that report, it has decided to make filtering of Refused Classification material mandatory, an important step forward in protecting children online. Click here for an initial media report. [ 15/12/2009 ]
::Faith Under Fire! |
It was something of an anticlimax, but the long awaited report by the Labor-dominated Scrutiny of Acts & Regulations Committee (SARC) into the exceptions and exemptions in the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act was tabled recently. See here for a copy of the full report.
The Government has of course already pre-empted part of the committee’s report by announcing that changes to the exceptions that apply to religious groups would still allow freedom for groups to favour those who share the faith and values of the organisation in the area of employment.
While we need to await the full text of revised exceptions, as well as the anticipated ‘Equality Act’ due early next year, some of the language in the SARC report remains troubling.
Of particular concern are: references to linking any kind of government funding with restriction on religious freedom; terms which suggest that religious freedom in some sense wrongly “dominates” other freedoms; and suggestions that the freedom for groups providing welfare accommodation (church-based care for instance) be denied if they operate on anything other than a not for profit basis or if they cater for even one person who is not part of that religious group.
This betrays an underlying attitude in the main report that is based on the principle that religious freedom operates under “exceptions” or “exemptions”.
The left-leaning members of the Victorian Government must not be allowed to foist this upside down logic upon Victorians. As Cardinal Pell said in his Friday night address to the ACL National Conference: “We have to stop using the word “exemptions” because it suggests that religious freedom is a government grant or concession, not a fundamental human right. We should insist these rights are protected.”
We will be watching with intense interest the government response to the SARC report.
  [ 30/11/2009 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
The Queensland Government used the last sitting day for 2009 to introduce into parliament its Surrogacy Bill, which deliberately denies children the right to be born and raised in a family with a mother and a father. Introducing the bill, the AG said that, “This government is committed to the freedom and autonomy of the individual.” If only it were as committed to the best interests of children. Debate on the bill will commence next year. [ 26/11/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
ACL’s petition calling on Federal Parliament to reject the proposed charter of rights or to ensure that it is not enacted without first holding a referendum was today tabled in the Senate by Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis. The petition, endorsed by more than 21,000 concerned Australians, is one of the biggest in the life of the current parliament. The petition will go some way to influencing the Government’s decision on the issue, which is likely to be made early next year. [ 25/11/2009 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
Independent Member for Maryborough Chris Foley today tabled in parliament a petition with 2034 people asking Queensland parliamentarians not to proceed with radical surrogacy legislation which would permit two men, two women or a single person to acquire a baby. The petition, which was organised by ACL Queensland Director Peter Earle, demonstrates the depth of opposition to Government plans to deny children the right to begin life with a mum and dad. [ 24/11/2009 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
There are now only ten days left to sign the surrogacy e-petition calling on the Queensland Government "to not allow children to be created through artificial reproductive technology and placed in relational constructs that deliberately deny them their biological bonds and the love, care and role modelling of both a mother and a father." Please click here to sign the petition today. [ 13/11/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
The Australian reports that a group of prominent church leaders met in Canberra recently to unite in their opposition to a charter of rights. Cardinal George Pell revealed that there is little doubt a charter would be used against religious schools, hospitals and charities by those opposed to religious freedom. [ 23/10/2009 ]
::Care not Killing |
Today we relaunch the Tasmanian 'Care not Killing' campaign to stop the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia in the state. With Nick McKim's 'Dying with Dignity' bill set to be debated in the lower house next week, now is the time to let your local member know that this terrible bill will place at risk the lives of vulnerable Tasmanians. [ 23/10/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Bad news: the National Human Rights Consultation Committee headed by Father Frank Brennan has recommended the enactment of a Federal 'Human Rights Act' - basically a charter of rights. Please sign the petition to ensure that this Act is not forced upon the Australian people without a referendum.

[ 13/10/2009 ]
::Faith Under Fire! |
The Victorian Government recently trumped the work of the Scrutiny Of Acts & Regulations Committee (SARC) by announcing it would make only limited changes to the religious exceptions in the Equal Opportunity Act 1995. For the first time, the religious nature of the organisation will be taken into account when considering whether it is okay for certain types of positive dicrimination can be applied when offering employment.
This change along with others announced by the Attorney General would seem to strike the right balance. What remains to be seen is the actual legislation and of course the details will be important. For now though, keeping up the pressure on the Government is important. Use the links below to send an email to your MP.

  [ 13/10/2009 ]
::Wanted: Mum AND Dad |
Today marks the start of the "Wanted: Mum AND Dad" campaign urging Queensland parliamentarians not to create through surrogacy children who will be deliberately denied the love and care of a mother and father. Please fire off a 'pollie mail', and sign the petition today! [ 06/10/2009 ]
::Keep IT clean! |
The media is reporting that the results from the Government's trial of filtering the internet at the ISP-level show that the trial has been a success and internet filtering can work. Quoted in today's The Australian, a source close to the trial says: "The trial shows that filtering does work and that the gear stops identified IP addresses without major degradation to network speed". [ 01/10/2009 ]
::Tame the Tube |
Free TV Australia is currently conducting a review of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice and is seeking public comment. We’ve launched a ‘Make a Stand’ campaign to help people voice concerns over the standard of programs displayed on our televisions screens, so that we can tidy up TV Standards and 'Tame the Tube'. [ 10/09/2009 ]
::Don't Dismiss Dad |
The bill to remove the presumption from Tasmanian law that a child has both a mother and a father passed the state's lower house easily today - only three Liberal members voted against it. The vote in the upper house is bound to be much closer - a short email to MLCs letting them know you are opposed to the bill could prove decisive in this important debate. [ 20/08/2009 ]
::Faith Under Fire! |
A number of groups, including the Anglican Church, Catholic Church and several school groups along with the ACL presented the case for the retention of the exceptions during 2 days of public hearings last week .  Gay rights groups also lobbied for removal of the exceptions.  The Committee will now consider the 1200+ submisisons and prepare a report, most likely to be tabled mid-October 2009.
There is still time to directly lobby your MP, send an enail or letter off today! [ 10/08/2009 ]
::Faith Under Fire! |
Peter Costello writes in The Age:
"It [the Victorian Government] harbours the view that discrimination has got sophisticated - so hard to find under current law - that we must widen the law to catch more of it. One area in the State Government’s sights is religious bodies, and their schools."
The message is clear: our religious freedoms are under serious threat. [ 29/07/2009 ]
::Faith Under Fire! |
While submissions to the enquiry have formally closed, you can still send in a letter with your opinion. Refer to the Options Paper for details.  Most important now is to send off that email using the simple method on our site! [ 10/07/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Submissions closed this week to Father Frank Brennan’s Human Rights Consultation Committee. But there is still time to sign our petition to the Senate urging Parliament not to adopt a Charter of Rights. Add your voice today! [ 18/06/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Bob Carr today writes a brilliant opinion piece in The Age entitled: "So, whose rights reign supreme?" He details where the pro-charter warriors have wandered and how they have wavered in the face of criticism. He shows that the charter model now promoted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the only model constitutionally valid, is politically unpalatable. [ 05/06/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
The Australian reports that a major rift has opened in the legal profession, with the Queensland Law Society breaking ranks with its national counterpart to suggest there is not unanimous support for a charter of rights amongst its members. If the legal profession, the people set to gain the most from a charter, can't agree on the merits of a charter, then clearly a charter of rights is a very poor option. [ 05/06/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
For all those people who would like to prepare a submission for the National Human Rights Consultation but aren't sure what to write, ACL has prepared a detailed briefing paper which outlines our main concerns with a bill or charter of rights. [ 28/05/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
The argument that a charter of rights is not the best way to protect the fundamental rights of Australian citizens gathers momentum, as an excellent editorial by Paul Kelly at the Australian attests. Kelly cites the arguments and authors of the Menzies Research Centre book, 'Don't Leave Us with the Bill', as evidence that the no case is mainstream and strong. [ 27/05/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Former High Court Judge Ian Callinan warns that a bill or charter of rights risks politicising the court system and corrupting members of the judiciary with power. He argues that a bill or charter will transfer political power from parliament to courts in the book, 'Don't leave us with the Bill: The case against an Australian bill of rights', to be released today. [ 25/05/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Given the vagueness of charters of human rights, the Police Federation of Australia are worried that a charter of rights could create legal uncertainty, exposing police officers to unnecessary legal risks. If the UK experience is anything to go by, their concerns are well founded. [ 22/05/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
Father Frank Brennan, the man heading the Government’s consultation into a Charter of rights has tried to dispel concerns that a Charter will lead to Victorian-style vilification laws. Click here to read more. This ignores the fact that a Charter gives judges the power to declare that laws allowing free speech and the criticism of other religions might be in breach of human rights. Vilification laws would not be needed for a judge to use a Charter to declare that criticising another religion was a breach. Click here to read a copy of Father Brennan's speech. [ 08/05/2009 ]
::Keep IT clean! |
The filtering trial is favourably progressing, with prior accusations of diminished service speed proving inaccurate. Please continue to send messages of support for filtering web content at the ISP level to your local MP. A strong message of support to ALP members in particular will ensure they honour this important election commitment. [ 08/05/2009 ]
::Charter Rights No Wrongs |
The fact that the Australian Human Rights Commission can get around the constitutional role of the courts by injecting itself into the processes for a charter of rights is hardly likely to evoke confidence, and doesn’t address the central question of whether a charter is the best or even a necessary safeguard of human rights, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today. Read more [ 07/05/2009 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
Following the lead of US President Obama, Federal Cabinet has unfortunately overturned Australia’s ban on overseas aid funding of abortions. Thank you to the thousands of concerned supporters who wrote to politicians to take a stand against this decision. [ 11/03/2009 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
US President Barak Obama's decision this week to overturn America's ban on aid money funding abortion has intensified pressure on the Rudd Governmernt to do the same, according to an article in The Age. [ 27/01/2009 ]
::Who’s my Mum? Who’s my Dad? |
Regretably the bill passed last night after a few amendments were agreed to. Bruce Atkinson MLC provided the one vote for it to pass. You can email Bruce at bruce.atkinson@parliament.vic.gov.au to express your disappointment at his decison to support the bill. [ 05/12/2008 ]
::Keep IT clean! |
The porn lobby and some in the internet industry are trying to scuttle the Government’s plan to clean up the internet for our kids. [ 21/11/2008 ]
::Who’s my Mum? Who’s my Dad? |
THe ART Bill passed the second reading by 20 to 18. it is now before the Legislation Committee where some probing questions are being asked. The Committee will report on the 2nd December, with a final vote that week. [ 20/11/2008 ]
::Who’s my Mum? Who’s my Dad? |
The ART Bill is going to continue to be debated today. (12th November) Numbers are very tight, with the Government stepping up the pressure on those Labour MLCs who have made it known that they will not support the bill. It is not too late to send an email expressing your concern right now!
[ 12/11/2008 ]
::Who’s my Mum? Who’s my Dad? |
Having sailed through the Lower House under the cover of the Abortin Bill, this legislation is set to be debated on the 28th October, so act fast and get those emails flying! [ 17/10/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
Black Friday, October 10th saw the Abortion Law Reform Bill pass without amendment through the Victorian Legislative Council in a vote of 23 for and 17 against. The challenge now is to continue efforts to bring our society to a place where ALL life is valued. [ 13/10/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
The weekend of 4th & 5th October see a number of actions taken to pray or protest against the Bill. check our e-news for details, add your voice! Debate continues 7th October. [ 02/10/2008 ]
::Medicare, not medikill |
Senator Barnett’s motion for the disallowance of Medicare funding for second trimester and late term abortions was today referred to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee. ACL welcomes this move, as it provides an opportunity for more information to be presented before parliament and the public. [ 16/09/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
Regretably the Bill has passed through the Assembly without even one amendments agreed to. It now moves to the Council (Upper House) where debates is expected to begin 7th October. Focus messages now to Members of the Legislative Council. [ 12/09/2008 ]
::Care, not killing. |
Great Result! The Legislative Council has voted down this Bill! 25 votes to 13 sends it to the dustbin...
Thanks to all who emailed and called and visited their MLC on this issue. Why not send a quick thanks to those who voted it down? List is HERE go to the end of the page for the list. [ 11/09/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
Gianna Jessen will be at Southland Christian Centre, 37 Graham Court Hoppers Crossing at 10.00 am on Sunday 7th September. Call 9360 9766 for more info.

She will also be at Parliament House Melbourne on 8th September, if you would like an invitation to this event call 9621 2663. Limited seats. [ 03/09/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
The tragic "Abortion Law Reform Bill 2008" was tabled on 19th August. In many senses it was worse than expected - abortion on demand up to 24 weeks, then a weak test to get an abortion after 24 weeks. Debate begins 9th Spetember. Please write/email now! For a copy of the bill click here [ 20/08/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
The expectation is that the Government will present it's bill to decriminlaise abortion today and rush through debate early September. See out media release here
[ 19/08/2008 ]
::Medicare, not medikill |
On 17 September 2008, Senator Guy Barnett (Liberal, Tas) will move a disallowance motion in the Senate seeking to tip the balance of power in favour of voiceless unborn children. The motion aims to terminate Medicare funding for abortions performed in the second trimester of pregnancy – 14 to 26 weeks gestation. [ 15/08/2008 ]
::Care, not killing. |
It seems likely that the final debate and vote on this bill will take place on Wednesday 20th August. Now is the last chance to send a message to the Legislative Council members. VERY IMPORTANT that you tick the "Legislative Council" box on the email page. You need only send one email, just check your electorate first! You can do this here
[ 14/08/2008 ]
::Care, not killing. |
Debate on this Bill begins today. It is expected there wll be a large number of people wanting to speak, so it will be extended beyond today. Please pray for a good result, don't forget to send in that email and to select the Upper House box as well! [ 30/07/2008 ]
::Care, not killing. |
The Greens managed to delay deabate, possibly because they were not sure of the numbers. Debate is now scheduled for 30th July. Get those emails in to the Victorian MLCs now! [ 09/07/2008 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
The Labor Caucus has recently debated diverting aid to abortion. The final decision will be made by the Foreign Affairs Minsiter Stephen Smith and ACL understands there is still time to urge him not to change Australia's policy on overseas aid money going to abortions. You might like to e-mail him at Stephen.Smith.MP@aph.gov.au. Please also leave a message for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on his website. [ 04/07/2008 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
An excellent opinion piece in The Weekend Australian highlights the perverse thinking of those promoting abortion as part of Australia's aid program and argues that what we really need to deliver is better care for pregnant women in poor countries. [ 14/06/2008 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
Pro-life Federal Labor politcians John Murphy and John Hogg are working to defeat moves to divert some of Australia's scarce overseas aid money to fund abortions in poor countries. Opponents of the move will meet Foreign Minister Stephen Smith when Parliament resumes this week, according to this article in today's Sun Herald.
The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association, which is run by the formidable Joe de Bruyn, is also active in the fight.



[ 08/06/2008 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
The Age reports that the Uniting Church supports using Australian aid money to fund abortions.

[ 05/06/2008 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
The Sydney Morning Herald notes that a decision by the Rudd Government to use Australian aid money to fund abortions risks alienating the Christian constituency whose support helped to deliver Labor's election victory last November. [ 05/06/2008 ]
::Don't Dismiss Dad |
The NSW Parliament has agreed to radical law changes removing the assumption that kids have one father and one mother. This is being called a 'rights win for lesbian families'.
[ 05/06/2008 ]
::Don't Dismiss Dad |
URGENT ACTION REQUIRED
Unfortunately, a bill to see Dads removed from birth certificates was passed through the Upper to the Lower house with only minimal changes.
If you live in NSW, please use this site to e-mail your local pollie today and see that this part of the bill goes no further. [ 04/06/2008 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
Both Labor and the Coalition are divided over plans to use Australian aid money to fund abortions, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. [ 04/06/2008 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
Australia may lift restrictions on abortion-related aid, reports CNS News. [ 04/06/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
The long awaited VLRC report into Abortion Law has been tabled in State Parliament and it is every bit a bad as expected. None of the options presented do anything to help women or protect the unborn child. the report can be accessed here and the ACL Media release is here [ 30/05/2008 ]
::Don't Dismiss Dad |
URGENT ACTION REQUIRED
NSW pollies are to vote next Tuesday June 3 on removing Dads from birth certificates.
If you live in NSW, please use this site to e-mail your pollies today.
[ 29/05/2008 ]
::Care, not killing. |
As expected, the Bill was introduced by Colleen Hartland (Greens)today. Peter Kavanagh (DLP) refused leave for debate. A great first shot, but more battles ahead. Next major possibilty for debate is 25th June. [ 28/05/2008 ]
::Care, not killing. |
DOCTORS would be given a licence to kill under legislation to be introduced to Victorian Parliament.
Greens MP Colleen Hartland will introduce the controversial Physician-Assisted Dying Bill to the Upper House on Wednesday. To read more click here [ 26/05/2008 ]
::Care, not killing. |
The ACL has issues a Media Release calling on the Victorian Government to allow the bill to "die a natural death" Details are here
[ 26/05/2008 ]
::Care, not killing. |
It is being widely reported that this Bill will come before the Victorian Parliament week commencing 26th May 2008. Watch this space! [ 23/05/2008 ]
::Aid, not abortion |
Work is going on behind the scenes to overturn the ban on Australia’s foreign aid going to fund abortions.
It is being driven by a cross-party group of pro-abortion pollies. A decision could be made soon, so please use this site to get informed and tell your pollies what you think.
[ 23/05/2008 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
News flash: Last night the WA Upper House voted 18-15 against cloning! This is wonderful news as cloning will remain illegal in that state. [ 07/05/2008 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
WA pollies could vote on cloning and killing human embryos as early as next week. If you live in WA, please fire off a pollie e-mail today. There is no reason for anyone to vote for the The Human Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2007. The SA Parliamnet could also be voting soon. Keep and eye on MaS for details. [ 24/04/2008 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The Prostitution Amendment Bill 2007 has passed through the Upper House. Click here
for the latest report in The West. This is a tragic day for WA, although the fight against the exploitation of women in our state is not over. With the state election looming, it is time to make your voice heard to your local member. [ 02/04/2008 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The Australian Christian Lobby in WA had an Opinion Piece published in The West Australian titled 'More harm than good from the Prostitution Bill'. Click here to view.
[ 24/03/2008 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The Prostitution Amendment Bill 2007 has passed the Second Reading in the Upper House. This means that the bill cannot be debated, although amendments can still be made to the bill. The bill is likely to pass in April 2008. [ 20/03/2008 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The future of the prostitution bill could be known as early as tonight with disturbing media reports that Shelley Archer, the independent MP who holds the balance of power in the Upper House may now support the bill in return for increased funding for sex education programs in indigenous communities. [ 12/03/2008 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The West Australian reported that former Labor MP turned Independent, Shelley Archer, said that she would vote for the brothels legislation provided certain amendments are adopted and provided that the bill is referred to a committee for further community consultation. [ 29/02/2008 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The West Australian reported that Labor have put the brothels legislation on hold because they lack support in the Upper House. Mr McGinty said he would not push the reforms further until this changed. [ 25/02/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
The claim that late-term abortion is done only in cases of lethal abnormality or to save the mother's life is demonstrably false, argues Dr David van Gend in the Herald Sun. [ 28/01/2008 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
Given the extraordinary consensus among Australians on key issues related to abortion, it is time for renewed efforts to seek political agreement on ways to address the welfare and interests of women who are pregnant, argues Nicholas Tonti-Filippini in The Age response to Carol Nader's article on the abortion of a 32-week old baby. [ 14/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
There's no need for gay unions, argues the Australian Christian Lobby's Jim Wallace in today's Canberra Times. [ 14/12/2007 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
The abortion doctor who injected potassium chloride into the heart of a 32-week old foetus in Victoria a few years ago has told his story to the media. See this story in The Age which outlines how the Professor has suffered over the years - but what about the suffering of the poor child whose life he ended? [ 13/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The Rudd Government has called for modifications to the ACT's rebuffed gay union legislation despite signalling that it supported the territory's right to govern itself, reports the Canberra Times. [ 08/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
KEVIN Rudd has vowed not to block the ACT Government's plans to legalise same-sex civil unions, which were twice vetoed by John Howard. The new Prime Minister yesterday promised to give all states and territories autonomy over these matters. Mr Rudd said it was Labor policy not to interfere with state and territory legislation.

[ 07/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
GAY weddings could soon be legal in the nation's capital after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday defended the right of the ACT Parliament to pass laws on the issue. [ 07/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The ACT government says it will delay the introduction of laws allowing same-sex unions, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The decision follows talks between ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell and federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland, who voiced concerns about the territory's proposal on Friday.
[ 07/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the negotiations over civil partnerships in the Territory look likely to continue for some time despite assurances from the Prime Minister yesterday that he would leave the issue to the ACT. See this report.

[ 07/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
THE Rudd Government is on a collision course with the ACT Government over the territory's plan to allow civil unions between same-sex couples reports today's The Age. [ 06/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
ATTORNEY-GENERAL Robert McClelland hopes to reach a consensus with the Liberal Opposition on removing discrimination against gays and lesbians from all commonwealth legislation.
[ 06/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
Stanhope has dug his heels in on civil partnerships, defying the federal Labor government to challenge him. [ 05/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The federal Attorney-General may snub the ACT's push for gay unions, says The Australian. [ 05/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
Victoria introduces a relationships register, in keeping with the motion passed at the ALP National Conference. [ 04/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The head of Australia's peak Christian lobby group says he expects Kevin Rudd to honour a pre-election commitment and block civil unions legislation proposed by the ACT Government. The Australian has this story. [ 03/12/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The ACT has revived its bid to allow gay marriages now that the federal Liberal Party which twice blocked the plan is out of the way. See this story for more detais. [ 30/11/2007 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The West Australian reported that former Labor MP, turned Independent Shelley Archer said that she will support the Liberal Party if it attempts to delay the brothels legislation. Ms Archer said she had major concerns about the legislation and wanted the Swedish model to be given further consideration. This means that the State Government no longer have the numbers required in the Upper House to pass this legislation. [ 20/11/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The scientist who created Dolly the sheep is to abandon cloning following the development of a revolutionary new technique to make stem cells without using embryos. See this report in The Age.

[ 19/11/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Cloning bill passes Tasmania's Legislative Council and enters the statute books.
[ 14/11/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
URGENT ALERT – Tas and WA supporters!
The Tasmanian and Western Australian Parliaments are about to vote on legalising the cloning and destroying of human embryos for research. If you live in these States, please use this site to e-mail your politicians and urge them not to allow human life to treated like this.
[ 22/10/2007 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The State Opposition has accused the Government of trying to rush its prostitution legislation through Parliament. The Lower House has been debating the Bill, which will allow brothels to operate legally for the first time. See the full story here.

[ 18/10/2007 ]
::Women are worth more! |
Shadow attorney-general Sue Walker told a rally at State Parliament today that the prostitution legislation was "regressive against women". See the full story here.
[ 17/10/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The Queensland Parliament tonight voted 48-34 in favour of cloning and killing human embryos for experimentation.
Tasmanian and Western Australian Parliamentarians will be next to excercise a conscience vote on this issue. [ 11/10/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Former Nationals leader Lawrence Springborg has warned that Queensland is only a few legislative steps away from delivering pharmaceutical companies the rights to human creation. [ 03/10/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Queensland's vote on cloning is too close to call according to the Courier-Mail.

[ 29/09/2007 ]
::Women are worth more! |
Around 350 people attended a public meeting in Perth last night to oppose the West Australian Government’s proposals to decriminalise brothels. WA Opposition Leader Paul Omodei and Helen Morton MLC were among those to attend the meeting which was organised by the Prostitution Law Amendment Working Committee. Among the speakers at the public meeting were former special advisor to the Swedish government, Gunilla Ekberg, and a former prostitute from Perth.
[ 21/09/2007 ]
::Women are worth more! |
Watch The Prostitution Agenda DVD on YouTube. In this short film, former prostitutes and academic researchers convincingly show that legalising brothels does nothing to help the women working in this brutal industry.

[ 21/09/2007 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The Jammed is a powerful Australian film (at cinemas now) about the trafficking of women into Victoria's prostitution industry - a state which legalised brothels a few years ago.
[ 12/09/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
At the end of August the Tasmanian Government tabled a bill to allow human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. This legislation mirrors the Federal legislation passed late last year. It is expected this bill will be debated and voted on in the Tasmanian parliament at the end of September. Have your say now!

[ 11/09/2007 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
A new website shows how abortion is the unchoice with many stories showing coercion and long-lasting adverse effects of the decision to abort. [ 10/09/2007 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
Victoria's new premier, John Brumby, has delayed the abortion bill until next year. He is committed to decriminalising abortion to reflect "contemporary community standards" but is seeking advice from the Victorian Law Reform Commission on how best to do this. [ 21/08/2007 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
The abortion bill has been delayed until 21 August to allow more time for the drafting of a 'compromise' bill. [ 04/08/2007 ]
::Say No to X |
This article written by Adele Horin for the Sydney Morning Herald in May 2007 clearly shows how porn is wrecking relationships.

[ 01/08/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Embryonic stem cell research has suffered a major blow with a major Singaporean-Australian company abandoning work on therapies due to lack of success and soaring costs. Read the full story here.
[ 27/07/2007 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
Just what is going on within the Victorian ALP as they consider Ms Broad's bill to decriminalise abortion? This article gives some fascinating insights. [ 26/07/2007 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
It's an old tactic - introduce a totally unacceptable Bill then appear to compromise on the 'middle ground.' That's what is now happening in Victoria as pro-choice MPs put forward a compromise bill on the decriminalisation of abortion. Except that there probably won't be much compromise as the proponents of the bill are all pro-abortion.
[ 24/07/2007 ]
::Alive and Kicking! |
Make a Stand has a new campaign in aid of unborn children. Victoria is considering a law change to remove any penalties for unlawful abortion, despite the fact that no-one has ever been prosecuted under this law. We need to protect unborn children, not expand access to abortion. [ 19/07/2007 ]
::Say No to X |
The official launch of the SaynotoX campaign was released today. Please highlight your concern about X-Rated material to your Federal and State politicians. [ 06/07/2007 ]
::Women are worth more! |
Attorney General Jim McGinty has announced the plan to introduce the bill to legalize prostitution into parliament in August and hopes to have the bill passed by December. This means that by January, brothel owners may be legitimate business men and prosititution a legitimate career. [ 04/07/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The NSW Parliament has voted in favour of cloning, with 27 MPs supporting the Bill and 13 voting against it. [ 26/06/2007 ]
::Rhetoric won't end poverty |
Australia's budget was handed down in early May. Whilst there was a financial increase in the amount of aid sent overseas, Australia's aid as a percentage of Gross National Income did not increase. [ 31/05/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The NSW Parliament has now introduced cloning legislation. [ 31/05/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Victoria has become the first state in Australia to legalise so-called therapeutic cloning, when a conscience vote passed the Upper House by 23-16. [ 03/05/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Queensland has now introduced its own bill to legalise the cloning of human embryos. Make a Stand urges Queenslanders to fire off a pollie mail... [ 11/04/2007 ]
::Lets talk about it |
Three new Make a Stand campaigns have been launched today. Join us in supporting women with an unexpected pregnancy, in protecting the environment and in putting pressure on abusive regimes. [ 05/04/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The WA Parliament has now followed Victoria's example and introduced a bill to permit cloning. Time to fire of a pollie-mail to members of the WA Parliament... [ 29/03/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
State parliaments are now trying to pass legislation allowing human cloning, following the Federal Parliament's approval of this practice last year.

Please ask your state politicians not to change their laws, which currently ban cloning. [ 15/03/2007 ]
::Women are worth more! |
The WA government has announced its plans to legalise prostitution. Please Make a Stand on this issue by joining the Women Are Worth More campaign. [ 08/03/2007 ]
::Free2Speak? |
A telling blow has been struck against the Equal Opportunity Amendment Act with political agreement between the Liberal Party, Family First and Independent Ann Bressington to oppose the bill in South Australia's Upper House. Hopefully the SA Government will just let this bill lapse. [ 09/02/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
Federal Attorney General Philip Ruddock has announced
that the Federal Government will block the ACT's Civil Partnership's scheme because it still undermines marriage.

[ 06/02/2007 ]
::Free2Speak? |
The Free2Speak? campaign was launched today. If you care about free speech in South Australia, then please Make a Stand by opposing the Equal Opportunity (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill. [ 05/02/2007 ]
::man+wife4life! |
The man+wife4life! campaign was launched today. Join us in Making a Stand against the ACT Government's attempt to introduce civil partnerships for same sex couples. [ 05/02/2007 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Unfortunately the cloning bill passed the Reps last night by 82 - 62 votes. The amendment to ban the use of aborted female foetuses was also rejected. [ 07/12/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Your Make a Stand petitions were tabled in the Parliament by Hon John Anderson. We hope the weight of public concern can influence MP's to not cross this moral boundary. [ 05/12/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The Human Cloning NO! petition has now closed. A total of 18,977 names will be presented to the House of Representatives early next week. [ 01/12/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Debate in the Reps began today. A vote is expected next week. [ 30/11/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Breaking news suggests that the release of the Cole Inquiry's findings may delay the cloning bill. The bill was due to come to a conscience vote in the House next week but may be delayed by urgent legislation sparked by the Cole Inquiry. [ 28/11/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Debate on legalising human cloning will begin in the House of Reps Monday 27 Nov. To assist in shaping public opinion, Make a Stand has added a new function to assist you to write letters to the editor. Check it out! Just scroll to the bottom of this page. [ 24/11/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The cloning bill is half way to becoming law with various amendments being accepted in the Senate last night. The third reading vote passed 34 to 32. The bill now goes to the Lower House and will be debated early December. [ 08/11/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The Senate has voted 34-31 in favour of Senator Patteron's human cloning bill but is still debating possible amendments. [ 07/11/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The petition for the Senate has now closed, with 15,800 signatures to be presented on Tues 7th November. [ 06/11/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Even though the Senate petition is now closed, you can still add your name to the Human Cloning NO! petition for presentation in the House of Representatives in early December. So if you have not yet signed the petition, please do so. [ 06/11/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The Senate will debate proposals to allow human cloning next week. The debate will run from 6-9 November, with a possible extension to 10th Nov. If you have not yet contacted your Senator, now is the time to do so. [ 02/11/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Senate Committee hearings finished yesterday in Melbourne after previous hearings in Canberra 19 Oct and Sydney 23 Oct. The Committee will table their report 27 Oct. General feedback reveals no demonstrated need to change the 2002 unanimous ban on Human Cloning with significant breakthroughs in adult stem cell research. [ 25/10/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The Senate Committee Inquiry into the Legislative Responses to the Lockhart Review begins its public hearings today. [ 20/10/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Submissions into the Senate Inquiry into the Legislative responses to Recommendations of the Lockhart Review closed 4 Oct. The report will be handed down 27 Oct. [ 06/10/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
The Senate is expected to debate the Human Cloning Bill during the sitting period starting 6 Nov. [ 06/10/2006 ]
::Human Cloning NO! |
Make a Stand was launched today! The purpose of this website is to inform you of political issues of concern and to help you respond effectively. [ 18/09/2006 ]