Marriage Bills

Lachlan Dunjey from Choose Life Australia explains why marriage is so important in a new article ‘Why the battle for marriage is so significant’

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” 

The closing date for public responses was 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. 

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The Submissions period closed 2 April 2012 and the reporting date for the inquiry is 6 June 2012. The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 2 May 2012 24,741 had used this service.

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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Marriage Bills

Last Chance: The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people”

The closing date for public responses is 5PM EST 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. Send comments to The Secretary of the Committee on 02 6277 4969 or email SPLAmarriagebills@aph.gov.au

Action: the Committee and the Australian Marriage Forum is asking people to take an online survey on their views of the amendment to the Marriage Act. To undertake survey: https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

As at April 19 almost 58% were in favour of changing the definition of marriage.

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to inform their local Federal MP and the leader of the Liberal and Labor parties of the recent European Court decision

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The Submissions period closed 2 April 2012 and the reporting date for the inquiry is 6 June 2012. The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 19 April 2012 24,740 had used this service.

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POSTED 20 Apr 2012
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Marriage Bills

The European Court of Human Rights judges stated that:

  • Same-sex marriages are not a human right
  • That if same-sex couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.

Bill Muehlenberg’s Culture Watch has published an article March 24 on: Why the Demand for Homosexual Marriage? where he explains what is driving those that want to introduce homosexual marriage.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” Mr Bandt is said to have sent his bill to the committee in order to give lobbyists more time to convince the Coalition to alllow its members a conscience vote (Milanda Rout, The Australian, Go Slow on Same-Sex Marriage, Greens MP Adam Bandt warns Labor, Feb 28, 2012.) It is thought that a conscience vote would mean that the amendments would pass parliament.  The closing date for public responses is 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012.

Send comments to The Secretary of the Committee on 02 6277 4969 or email SPLAmarriagebills@aph.gov.au

Action: the Committee is asking people to take an online survey on their views of the amendment to the Marriage Act. To undertake survey: https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

Submissions should be received by 2 April 2012. The reporting date for the inquiry is 25 May 2012.

Submissions can be sent to: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

or:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

T: 02 6277 5794 F: 02 6277 5794

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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Greens Agenda Talks

On 15 Nov 2011, 6.30pm, the National Civic Council is holding a dinner at the Shun Fung Chinese Restaurant, Barrack Square, Perth. The topic is “Inside the Greens’ Agenda. Keynote speakers are Sen Eric Abetz, who will speak on the Greens assault on jobs and Industry and Senator John Madigan who will speak on the Greens assault on religious freedom and family. For more and to book wa@ncc.org.au or call 9277 1222.

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Federal Euthanasia

Greens senator Bob Brown has introduced legislation that would allow the NT and ACT to introduce euthanasia legislation.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write to their 12 state senators and local MP, asking them to oppose Bob Brown’s bill. For contact details: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/take-action/parliamentmps

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POSTED 30 Oct 2010
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One Vote

About 130 people attended the Christian Crisis Meeting held at UWA, 26 July 2010. A new advertising campaign ‘One Vote can make a Difference’ that highlights the concern with the Greens was launched. CDP State Director Ray Moran outlined a strategy to try to show the advert in as many churches as possible in order to warn Christians of what the Greens real aims are.

Action: Christians are asked to share the dvd in their churches, via facebook or other means.

To find out more, to donate, or to share: http://onevote.com.au/

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POSTED 9 Aug 2010
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Wake Up!!

“Wake up, people. The Greens will have the balance of power in the Senate”, writes Andrew Bolt. To read of Bolt’s concerns: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/column_the_green_plan_to_kill_your_job#73021

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Green Muslims

The Muslim newspaper Crescent Times (www.crescenttimes.com.au) has an article by Jamal Daoud which expressed concern with the growing number of Muslims voting for the Greens. The article warns that voting for the Greens is actually voting against Muslim’s own interests. Among the concerns states is that the Greens are the most vocal party in advocating anti-family values and polices. For more pg 10, Crescent Times July 2010: http://issuu.com/crescenttimes/docs/crescenttimes-july2010

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Crisis Meeting

The Christian Democratic Party of WA are holding a Christian Crisis Meeting: if we don’t act now, then when! With an atheist Prime Minister and the growing influence of the Greens’ anti-Christian agenda the CDP says the important pre-election meeting will give some practical tools to help you inform your church, relatives and friends of the gravity of the situation and the appropriate response to help prevent it.

This free event will be held at the

Fox Lecture Theatre
University of WA
Hackett Drive

on July 26, 2010 7.30-8.30pm

To register yourself and up to four friends: https://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e2yvm9ra94ac5c0f

or call the CDP on (08) 6161 3315 or cdpwa@cdpwa.org.au

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POSTED 17 Jul 2010
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Tassie Greens

The ACL reports in its June 24 e-news that the Tasmanian Attorney-General, Lara Giddings, has indicated a progressive law reform agenda which includes legalising euthanasia, a charter of rights, introducing surrogacy laws and ‘reforming’ sex industry laws. The ACL Tasmanian Director Nick Overton said he was concerned that the Govt was promoting the Green party agenda.

For ACL media statement: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2010/06/acl-questions-greens%E2%80%99-influence-on-tasmanian-government%E2%80%99s-euthanasia-stance/

For Lara Giddings agenda statement: http://www.media.tas.gov.au/release.php?id=29810

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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