Sexualisation of Children

An investigation into the sexualisation of young children is underway in WA after the State Parliament ordered the Children’s commissioner to tackle the emerging problem, reported the West Australian on 27 Oct 2012. (Watchdog to toughen protection for Kids, by Daniel Emerson). Laws governing billboards, the use of minors in advertising will be scrutinised. Ms Scott has to report in January to the Parliamentary Committee with recommendations. She will be focusing on the Criminal Code. 

 In March 2012 the Hon Nick Goiran, who has been advocating for an inquiry, moved a motion on the sexualisation of children in the legislative council. For the West Australian story click here.

Meanwhile the Australian Christian Lobby has launched a renewed national campaign to make outdoor advertising G rated.  ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis said “we must protect our children from forming unhealthy attitudes toward women and sex.”

The ACL also reports on a speech by Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley on the importance of addressing the sexualisation of children through highly sexualised advertising.

 

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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ACL Jim Wallace in Perth

Christians in the Marketplace have organised a breakfast 20 Oct 2012 at the Hyatt Regency, Perth. it will start at 8am, cost $60. Speaking will be Jim Wallace AM, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby.

To register email info@citm.org.au or call 08 9202 7125.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Tassie Prostitution

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that “Tasmania Police had missed an opportunity to promote long-lasting change for the community by backing the legalisation and regulation of the sex industry in its submission to the Justice Department consultation on prostitution.

“ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Queensland Police had adopted a similar approach prior to brothels being legalised in that state in 1999, but by any measure this approach had been a failure.

“Ninety-percent of prostitution remains unregulated in Queensland despite assurances that it would protect those involved in the trade,” Mr Brown said.” For full ACL story click here.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Prostitution on WA/QLD Govt Agenda

The West Australian Govt has put its proposed leglisation of prostition legislation back on the agenda although it could run out of time to debate the legislation before the next state election to be held in March.

The Australian Christian Lobby’s spokesman on prostitution laws, Michelle Pearse said in the ACL August newsletter that WA Premier has broken his pledge to investigate the successful Nordic policy. “Instead of trying to force what is clearly ineffective policy through the Parliament, the government should send a delegation to Nordic countries and talk to their government and policy officials about the success of their model,” Mrs Pearse said.In related news, a QLD hotel was found to be in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act by denying a sex worker a room. The QLD Attorney General is investigating the ruling. The Australian Christian Lobby said the case showed their was a need for prostution reform as QLD has already legalised prostitution. ACL QLD director Wendy Francis said no other legitimate occupation includes the regular threat of sex slavery, violence, disease, organised crime and human trafficking. For more from ACL click here.

Action: FamilyVoice, the Association for Reformed Political Action and other groups are asking people to write to their local MP to explain their concerns with the legislation.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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ACL Draw the Line dinner

The Australian Christian Lobby is holding its annual Perth Draw the Line Fundraising dinner on Tues 21 Aug, 6.30pm at the Perth Convention Centre. RSVP by Aug 9. The dinner is free but it will be a fundraising event. To book email miray.makram@acl.org.au or call 0419 390 802.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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Marriage Webcast

The Marriage Webcast, “defining marriage” organised by the Australian Christian Lobby and hosted in Armadale by the Association for Reformed Political Action is now available to view online. To watch click here

You can also purchase a dvd of the webcast from the ACL for $13.20. Click here to purchase a copy.

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Abortion Funding

The Federal Govt announced that it is doubling aid funding targetted at reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in the Asia-Pacific Region to $50m by 2016. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said: “All woman have a right to basic reproductive health care and family planning advice.” One of the receipeints of the money is international abortion firm, International Planned Parenthood Federation.

The Australian Christian Lobby chief of staff Lyle Shelton said that the money should focus on maternal health and birthing clinics rather than pay for abortion advice and services. The Labor Govt started paying for abortions carried out in other countries in 2009.

For ACL comment click here.

For Bob Carr’s press release click here.

For contact details of Bob Carr click here.

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Tasmanian Surrogacy

The Tasmanian Surrogacy Bill has stalled in Parliament. The Australian Christian Lobby is urging upperhouse members to reject the bill. ACL Tasmanian director Mark Brown said that since the draft bill was introduced, it had fundamentally ignored the ethical and moral implications of legalising surrogacy.

For ACL report click here.

The Tasmanian Legislative Council Committee has recommended on Dec 1 that the Surrogacy Bill 2011 be amended to “better protect the interest of the child” by making written surrogacy arrangements mandatory and including a medical and social need test. The Tasmanian Bill allows for homosexual partners (unlike in WA) to have a surrogant child and the committee did not recommend changing this in line with WA’s laws. In her submission to the inquiry the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children Aileen Ashford urged the need to consider the interest of the child. She did not recommend that homosexual couples should be excluded from receiving surrogant children. View the press release.

See the Commissioner of Children’s submission

View the report recommendations

Action: www.makeastand.org.au is urging Tasmanians to write to their local MP and write a letter to the editor. For more on the issue and to write a letter using the makeastand website through the Kids Rights Count campaign.

As at June 11, 2012, 10,856 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to write to their local MP and to the Premier. They ask that people pray that Lara Giddings will be removed from the Tasmanian Parliament and that the majority of MPs will oppose her social agenda. For MP contact details: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/take-action/campaigns

Action: the ACL is urging people to contact the Mercury, Examiner and The Advocate with their view points.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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ACL Tassie Conference

On 23 June 2012 the Australian Christian Lobby will be holding a State conference in Tasmania with the theme “Called to Courage”. The keynote speaker is Mal Fletcher, founder of London-based think tank 2020Plus. Also speaking is ACL managing director Jim Wallace, Liberal Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson, Labor Tasmania Senator Helen Polley and ACL Tasmanian director Mark Brown. It will be held at 1 Waterfront Dve, Riverside, Launceston from 9.30am-4pm. For details and to register click here.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Tasmanian Surrogacy

The Tasmanian Surrogacy Bill has stalled in Parliament. The Australian Christian Lobby is urging upperhouse members to reject the bill. ACL Tasmanian director Mark Brown said that since the draft bill was introduced, it had fundamentally ignored the ethical and moral implications of legalising surrogacy.

For ACL report click here.

The Tasmanian Legislative Council Committee has recommended on Dec 1 that the Surrogacy Bill 2011 be amended to “better protect the interest of the child” by making written surrogacy arrangements mandatory and including a medical and social need test. The Tasmanian Bill allows for homosexual partners (unlike in WA) to have a surrogant child and the committee did not recommend changing this in line with WA’s laws. In her submission to the inquiry the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children Aileen Ashford urged the need to consider the interest of the child. She did not recommend that homosexual couples should be excluded from receiving surrogant children. View the press release.

See the Commissioner of Children’s submission

View the report recommendations

Action: www.makeastand.org.au is urging Tasmanians to write to their local MP and write a letter to the editor. For more on the issue and to write a letter using the makeastand website through the Kids Rights Count campaign.

As at May 2, 2012, 10,856 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to write to their local MP and to the Premier. They ask that people pray that Lara Giddings will be removed from the Tasmanian Parliament and that the majority of MPs will oppose her social agenda. For MP contact details: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/take-action/campaigns

Action: the ACL is urging people to contact the Mercury, Examiner and The Advocate with their view points.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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