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Former High Court Judge Sir Gerard Brennan has said that sharia law poses problems for Australia and that Australia cannot have TWO legal systems.
He made the statements in a recent lecture "in honour of the former law professor Hal Wootten at the University of NSW." The lecture was titled "Lessons from a life in the Law".
Sir Gerard was Chief Justice of the Australian High Court from 1995 to 1998 (source).
The report from the Newsroom at the UNSW appears first, followed by links to other articles.
Read the full speech here (on the UNSW website). [Photo from UNSW article.]
UNSW Newsroom, 24 August 2012.
Former High Court chief justice Gerard Brennan has delivered UNSW Law's annual Hal Wootten lecture, touching on issues from sharia law to the importance of the jury.
In a wide-ranging speech Lessons from a Life in the Law, Sir Gerard warned that there was no room in Australia to introduce sharia law as a parallel legal system, arguing the idea was "misconceived".
He said any move to create legal "pluralism" could undermine the cohesiveness of Australia's multicultural society.
''There have been some suggestions that, following the growth of Islam in Australia, there is room for a pluralistic legal system, a system in which at least some parts of Islamic sharia law might operate as part of Australian law and in parallel with the common law system . . . that suggestion seems to me to be misconceived,'' Sir Gerard said.
"A Muslim is free to adhere to the beliefs, customs and practices prescribed by sharia law insofar as they are consistent with the general law in force in this country," he said. However, "no court could apply and no government could administer two parallel systems of law, especially if they reflect, as they inevitably would reflect, different fundamental standards".
Sir Gerard also defended the role of the jury in the modern legal system.
"The collective wisdom of twelve jurors and the innate sense of fairness in our people is a solid bastion against injustice. After some experience in criminal cases, I recall only one instance of a jury whose verdict I suspected.
"To be sure, there can be miscarriages of justice but, when it comes to the determination of the ultimate issues in a trial, the wisdom born of the various life experiences of twelve jurors is likely to be greater than the wisdom of a single judge, however experienced and learned the judge may be," Sir Gerard said.
Read the full speech here.
Other media reports:
Sharia 'undermines our multiculturalism'
by: Nicola Berkovic -From: The Australian - August 24, 2012
FORMER High Court chief justice Gerard Brennan believes there is no room in Australia for sharia law to operate in parallel with the nation's legal system, arguing that suggestions to the contrary are "misconceived".
Brennan dismisses idea of plural legal system
Lawyers Weekly - 24 August, 2012 Leanne Mezrani
Former High Court chief justice Sir Gerard Brennan dismissed the suggestion that Islamic Sharia law could operate in parallel with Australian law at a university lecture last night (23 August).
At the annual Hal Wootten Lecture, held at the University of NSW law school, Brennan said the idea of adopting a pluralistic legal system that recognises Sharia law is "misconceived".
Sharia poses problems, says judge
Sydney Morning Herald, August 24, 2012 - Geesche Jacobsen - Legal Affairs Reporter
"No court could apply and no government could administer two parallel systems of law" ... former High Court judge Sir Gerard Brennan.
THE idea sharia could operate as part of Australian law was ''misconceived'' and minority practices that offend moral standards should be abandoned, the former High Court judge Sir Gerard Brennan said last night...."
The same-sex 'marriage' debate is NOW underway in the federal parliament.
For more info on the three Bills, see our Campaign Page.
Debate on the private member's bill put forward by ALP MP Stephen Jones resumed last night (Monday, 20 August) in the House of Representatives. The Bill is called the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012.
This webpage gives an overview of the Bill and relevant dates. The Bill was introduced and had its second reading on 2 February before being sent off to a Committee. Now the second reading debate has resumed. Last night five more MPs spoke on the Bill - 2 in favour and three against. Read Hansard debate - pages 124 to 128 - click here.
It is not clear when a vote will be held.
PLEASE contact your OWN federal MP - and ask them to vote AGAINST the Bill. Tell them you are in their electorate when you write - and include your full name and address.
Click here for MP contact details.
If you don't know the name of your MP, go to this AEC page.
The same-sex 'marriage' Bill put up by Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is expected to be debated on Thursday this week (23 August) during 'private member's time'.
The Bill is the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010.
Please contact your 12 State senators (2 in ACT and NT).
Please ask your Senators to vote against this Bill.
Contact details for Senators - click here then click on your 'state' on the map of Australia.
The federal parliament has resumed after the winter break - the parliament will SOON be considering the three bills that aim to legalise same-sex 'marriage'. [More info on our Campaign page.]
It's time to be contacting your federal MP and Senators in earnest! See the ACTION section for details.
Today is the National Marriage Day rally in Canberra - marking the inclusion of the definition of marriage as the union of 'a man and a woman voluntarily entered into for life'! [Info here.]
* If you aren't attending the rally, please pray for those speaking and pray that politicians will hear the message.
VIDEO: The slippery slope...
We've often talked about the slippery slope - and there is definitely a 'slippery slope' regarding marriage and the legalisation of same-sex 'marriage' around the world. Peter and I have prepared a short video on the 'slippery slope':
ACTION: NOW please contact your federal MP and your 12 State Senators. Ask them to vote AGAINST same-sex 'marriage'. Info and contact details - click here.
Tasmania's Labor Premier Lara Giddings is planning to push a raft of immoral legislation in the coming months.
Over the weekend, she said she will support same-sex 'marriage' in Tasmania if the federal Marriage Actis not altered to allow homosexuals to 'marry'. The Tasmanian Labor conference has just voted to support same-sex 'marriage' in Tasmania. Lara Giddings said she planned to introduce legislation before the end of the year and claims it will be 'legal'.
Read media report. Read media report. Another media report. Read Premier's media release.
Of course, Tasmania was the first state to have a 'relationship register' - but that isn't enough for the homosexual activists - they want full 'equality'!
Earlier this year Lara Giddings announced that she would support legislation to allow euthanasia in Tasmania. A Discussion Paper on the issue is expected to be released soon.
Then there are her plans to liberalise morality laws on prostitution, surrogacy, abortion and more.
It was all spelt out in her speech.
None of this is a surprise - for two reasons. . .
First - Lara Giddings is a member of EMILY's List, the Labor group that is pro-abortion and more. We knew she supported some of these causes long before she became Premier in January 2011. In 2010, whilst Attorney General, Giddings spoke about her reform agenda (media release).
Second - the Tasmanian Labor Party is in a 'coalition government' with the Greens, and Greens leader Nick McKim is pushing all of these things too!
One commentator wrote in The Australian, "Such is Lara Giddings's desperation - with Labor languishing at 23 per cent in the polls, the same level as its power-sharing partners, the Greens - that one social reform was not enough. Gay marriage was joined by a veritable social activist's shopping list." He noted, "There was an apology for victims of forced adoption; there were laws to allow gay couples to adopt, laws for surrogacy and voluntary euthanasia; reform to prostitution and abortion laws, and Aboriginal land handbacks."
He suggested that the Premier was reaching for the 'social reform' agenda because the government wanted to divert attention from the polls and the faltering economy of the state!
US company Chick-fil-A sells fried chicken. In recent times they have been subject to protests from homosexual activists because the President of the company, Dan Cathy, is a committed Christian who attends a Baptist church and supports Biblical values.
Last year homosexuals protested when he donated food to a seminar on 'traditional marriage'.
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy recently did an interview with Biblical Recorder that was re-posted by Baptist Press where he made comments supporting marriage - he said, "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
He didn't even mention homosexuality - but the homosexual activists were still upset and organised protests and threatened a boycott. Defend Christians reported that some political leaders also protested about his comments: "Chicago mayor, and former White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, Rahm Emanuel, has pledged to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant within the city. Boston’s mayor also joined the fight against Chick-fil-A."
In response, a 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation day' was organisedfor yesterday, 1 August by Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. People signed up to support Chick-fil-A - and many restaurants had LONG queues of people waiting to be served! More than 650,000 people signed up to say they would support Chick-fil-A!
Check out the I Support Chick-fil-A website.
Take a look at the photos of queues of people - and cars... here and in media report below.
Visit the Cathy family website and be inspired!