|Predictably, the Australian Christian Right is attacking Independent NSW State MP Clover Moores' inclusive adoption reform bill. Who are the main culprits and what are they doing?
At present, there appears to be an interstate axis concentrated on Southeastern Australia. It includes Fred Nile and his single-seat NSW Christian Democratic Party, Canberra's Australian Christian Lobby, Adelaide's Family Voice/Festival of Light and Melbourne's Saltshakers, as well as the fundamentalist "Anglican" Diocese of Sydney's "Anglicare" child welfare agency and Catholicare, its Catholic counterpart.
The ACL has established an anti-reform website, "Kids Rights Count," which seems to focus primarily on US Christian Right activists and allied unrepresentative social conservative academics as sources of 'expertise.' Notably, it keeps well away from mainstream pediatric and developmental psychology research and professional association positions in either Australia or the United States. As the latter is strongly supportive of same-sex parenting, this is unsurprising. Our Australian readers might like to peruse our own website for accounts and information of such affirmative research for use in lobbying for the adoption reform bill.
The Kids Rights Count website was used unsuccessfully against an inclusive Queensland surrogacy legislation reform and includes some amusing howlers. George Rekers is touted as an expert source opposed to same-sex parenting, but the resultant link to the NARTH website is dead space, given his recent "fall from grace" with the assistance of two rent boy "luggage handlers"...
Recommended for Surveillance Purposes: Australian Christian Lobby: http://www.acl.org.au/ Christian Democratic Party: http://www.cdp.org.au/ Family Voice/Festival of Light: http://www.fava.org.au/ Saltshakers: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/ Kids Rights Count: http://www.kidsrightscount.org.au/ Craig Young - 2nd September 2010