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Following this article is an ACTION section (to write quick emails to Mr Dutton and Mr Turnbull) and a Resources section with links to articles, commentary and more…)
What is happening to freedom of speech in Australia?
The right to express an opinion that we see as valid, but others might see as unacceptable or ‘unpopular’, is certainly under threat.
We’ve seen numerous cases taken against people because of statements they’ve made against homosexuality. Bernard Gaynor is defending himself against multiple complaints made by homosexual activist Gary Burns, and the latest complaint was made by Greens candidate and transgender activist Martine Delaney against Tasmanian Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous. In response, Archbishop Porteous warned of the ‘rise of a new intolerance against Christianity in Australian society’.
Troy Newman returns to America but promises “I shall return!”
Troy Newman, a pro-life advocate and Christian, left Australia last week, following the High Court ruling that he came to Australia without a visa and couldn’t stay.
But the High Court has scheduled another hearing - with a directions hearing on 30 October - to consider the SUBSTANTIVE matter – which is the actual granting of the visa by the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and whether the reasons for the revoking of the visa were valid.That is expected to be heard later in October.
Troy Newman, on his return to the USA, has promised “I shall return”!
After being kept in detention following his arrival in Australia, Troy Newman was eventually told by the High Court on Friday afternoon that he could NOT remain in Australia and would be deported. Prior to the High Court hearing at 3pm last Friday, Operation Rescue again objected to Mr Newman’s unjust incarceration and asked for an apology from Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for the way Troy had been treated. They have since issued two articles – see links below…
Troy Newman was granted a visa from Australia some three months before travelling to Australia, but the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton decided to cancel the visa following a campaign of exaggerations and distortions by pro-abortion activists and a pro-abortion MP, Labor’s Terri Butler, who is a member of EMILY’S LIST.
Operation Rescue note that Mr Newman was not given any formal notification that his visa had been cancelled – it was apparently posted to his US address, and would not have arrived there until long after Troy had left for Australia. A verbal notification by an airline attendant was all he received… and when boarding his international flight in LA there he was not questioned, or stopped, by immigration or the airline about his lack of a visa!
In essence, the High Court considered the question of coming to Australia without a visa – and found that he had been ‘notified’ whilst in the USA, which led to the ‘deportation order’. However, the BIG question is WHY the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton cancelled a valid visa, based on spurious claims, at such short notice.
Troy and his wife Melissa then voluntarily left Australia before being ‘deported’.
Andrew Bolt was very critical of the way Troy had been treated and the fact that his visa was revoked after a campaign by activists when he had done NOTHING WRONG! Journalist Miranda Devine was critical iof the state of affairs, beginning her article, “SO AUSTRALIA has become one of those countries that ban people whose views are not acceptable to the feminist establishment, and then locks them up. This is the stunningly illiberal position of the new Turnbull government which banned American anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman from coming to Australia last week….” Bill Muehlenberg wrote about the "appalling treatment" of Troy by the Australian government.
Troy is being interviewed on Channel 9’s program The Verdict – at 8.40 pm tonight, THURSDAY, 8th October.
We wonder what sort of reception he’ll get… please pray for Troy.
Will Geert Wilders get a VISA? Time is running out…
This week, another issue of visas and freedom of speech was raised concerning Geert Wilders. Geert is the Dutch politician who is the head of the Freedom Party (PVV), and he has been booked to come to Australia for the launch of the Australian Liberty Alliance in Perth on 20th October.
The Australian Liberty Alliance gained approval from the Australian Electoral Commission in August for registration as a party.
But, despite applying for a visa months ago, Geert and the President of the new Party, Debbie Robinson (also from Q Society) have not heard ANYTHING from the Immigration Department about a visa. Of course, arrangements have to be made, tickets purchased and so on well in advance of such tours. When one doesn’t know if they have a visa or not just three weeks out from the date of the event, it makes it very difficult to make plans!
Debbie Robinson stated this week, “Despite assurances, in August, that this would be forthcoming it has not been granted. This is unacceptable. Geert Wilders is a democratically elected Dutch MP who requires permanent bodyguards because of his stand against Islamic extremism. All his movements require planning. Recent opinion polls indicate he has an excellent chance of overtaking the ruling Dutch coalition with his Party for Freedom (PVV). If the Australian leader of the opposition was treated in this manner by the Netherlands, we would be outraged.”
This isn’t the first time Geert has experienced delays in processing his visa. In 2012, he was booked to give a series of lectures for Q Society, but the speaking tour had to be cancelled because of delays in granting a visa (at great expense to the organisers). He eventually obtained a visa, and visited Australia in February 2013, where we heard him speak.
Australian Liberty Alliance are urging people to contact Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to politely urge him to confirm Geert Wilders’ visa for his planned visit to Australia later this month…
In conclusion… our freedom is under threat…
Our freedom of speech, our freedom of conscience and our freedom of religion are all at stake here. For how much longer will we be able to express a Biblical Christian view, based on the teachings of Jesus and the text of the Bible, in this nation?
If we say nothing and do nothing, then we can only expect things to get worse. Persecution, complaints of discrimination, being hauled before tribunals, and being banned from even coming to Australia – all of these things are ALREADY happening!
As Andrew Bolt warned this week, “Offence takers are killing free speech. They are also making Christianity a crime.”
ACTION: Please contact Mr Dutton & Mr Turnbull
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton
- Urge him to grant a visa to Dutch politician Geert Wilders so that he can make plans for his visit to Australia.
- (If you wrote to the Minister last week about Troy Newman, and didn’t receive a reply, you could follow up that matter too!)
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Contact form: https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
- Ask him to uphold freedom of speech in our nation and ask him to ensure that a visa is granted to visiting Dutch politician Mr Geert Wilders.
Articles about Troy Newman…
Articles from Operation Rescue…
Miranda Devine: Why are we so afraid of an anti-abortion activist?, 4/10/2015.
Bill Muehlenberg: Australia’s Appalling Treatment of Political Prisoner Newman, 2/10/2015.
Articles about Geert Wilders and Australian Liberty Alliance
Australian Liberty Alliance website - http://www.australianlibertyalliance.org.au/
Australian Liberty Alliance Media Release: GEERT WILDERS VISIT IN DOUBT: ROBINSON, ALA, 6/10/2015.
- New Aussie anti-Islamic party guns for 20 per cent of the vote, SMH, 2/8/2015.
6 October 2015
Our Annual Dinner is on this Saturday, 10 October.
Our guest speaker is Kirralie Smith of Halal Choices. This is your opportunity to hear Kirralie explain what really goes on with the 'halal certification' of food!
Bookings close TODAY so phone our office on 03 9756 6789 if you'd like to attend!
2 Oct 2015
UPDATE: Troy Newman has lost his court bid to stay in Australia.
Read ABC rport - click here.
Another busy week – we start with an Update on Troy Newman (in detention in Melbounre, with a High Court hearing, adjourned from last night) scheduled for 3 pm).
Then a look at marriage, the abortion drug RU 486, mosques, the Pope in the USA and the situation in Europe…
We conclude with some forthcoming events – our DINNER, March for the Babies and a lecture by Kameel Majdali…
Read the News Update:
1 Oct 2015
UPDATE - 4.15 pm:
We've just sent out another UPDATE on the latest regarding Troy - sign up for our E-News if you don't get them ...
- Troy has been DETAINED by customs (border) officials at Melbourne Airport and is now awaiting deportation - which could take 72 hours.
- No word on the court action to try and overturn visa cancellation.
- Operation Rescue ask people to contact Mr Dutton to urge him to release TROY - minister
Here is the DETAILED REPORT from Operation Rescue -
Newman Detained in Australia Pending Deportation Due to Pro-Abortion Campaign of Falsehoods
Troy Newman, the leader of Operation Rescue in the United States, was on his way to AUSTRALIA to speak at a series of pro-life meetings (hosted by Right to Life Australia) when he was told his VISA had been CANCELLED by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and he could NOT fly to Australia. In fact, United Airlines stopped him at Denver and wouldn’t even let him fly to Los Angeles!
Troy is also a Board Member of the Center for Medical Progress - which released the videos about Planned Parenthood and the ‘sale’ of aborted baby parts. See their website here.
For urgent ACTION, see section BELOW…
The latest news is that Troy managed to fly to LA by another airline – and he recently reported on Facebook that he is now ON HIS WAY to Australia:
“Through a chain of events the Lord has allowed me to get on a plane in spite of many objections by the airlines and Australia. We have been in the air 11 hours and will land in about 4. Please pray that we can get past immigration so the truth can be told throughout Australia.”
But of course, when he lands in Melbourne, who knows what will happen?
Will he be allowed to enter Australia?
Go and HEAR Troy Newman…
Make sure you check Mr Newman’s itinerary of speeches and go and HEAR HIM…
Right to Life conference in Melbourne (2-3 October), then Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns.
The campaign against Mr Newman was orchestrated by pro-abortion forces – Labor’s Terri Butler, a member of pro-abortion EMILY’s LIST, wrote to Mr Dutton this week calling for Mr Newman to be banned from the country. Various other left-leaning groups and websites have joined the campaign to get Mr Newman BANNED! They claim he has called for ‘abortionists to be executed’ which Operation Rescue says is “blatantly false”.
ACTION – Sign the petition, Contact Mr Dutton
A petition is being run and everyone is asked to contact Peter Dutton, the Minister for Immigration, to urge him to re-instate Troy Newman’s VISA!
1. CONTACT MR DUTTON
Other contact details – click here.
Ask him to re-instate Troy Newman’s visa to ensure the protection of freedom of speech.
2. Sign the petition …
Petition to Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash
Immigration Minister, Hon. Peter Dutton MP
Uphold free speech and reverse the decision to deny US pro-life advocate, Troy Newman, a visa to visit Australia.
In the name of freedom of speech, allow US pro-life advocate, Troy Newman, into Australia to complete his speaking tour. . .
30 Sept 2015
If you live in Victoria, will you join the annual March for the Babies on Saturday 10 October?
This March marks the 7th anniversary of the passing of Victoria’s draconian Abortion law… FULL DETAILS here . . .
Some of our readers have noted that our Annual Dinner is on the same day…
Our response– that provides an IDEAL opportunity for our country readers to do both on the same day – come to Melbourne for the RALLY and STAY ON to attend the Dinner in the evening!
See you at both events!