— With AAP.
1. The Australian Christian Lobby has launched a new fundraising page for Israel Folau.
The Australian Christian Lobby has launched a new fundraising page for Israel Folau after his GoFundMe page was deleted.
The group’s managing director Martyn Iles tweeted a link to the page early on Tuesday morning, saying he had spoken to Folau and “we fixed it”.
Iles also said the group was donating $100,000 to the rugby player for his legal battle against Rugby Australia, which terminated his $4 million contract in May after he posted a biblical passage on social media stating that hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” unless they repented.
“On behalf of the Australian Christian Lobby, I have spoken to Israel Folau to let him know that ACL will be donating $100,000 to his legal defence, because it’s right and it sets an important legal precedent,” Iles wrote on the fundraising page.
“All gifts you give on this web page will be deposited into a trust account to pay for Israel Folau’s legal case.
“So, please give generously today to help Israel Folau stand for your religious freedom.”
At the time of writing, the page had raised more than $150,000.
Folau launched his GoFundMe appeal for $3 million on Friday and had raised more than $750,000 within four days.
But the fundraising platform on Monday said it was pulling the campaign because it violated their terms of service, and that it was issuing full refunds to the more than 7000 donors.
“As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity. While we welcome GoFundMe’s engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion,” GoFundMe Australia’s regional manager Nicola Britton said.
A spokesman for Folau said the campaign was in line with GoFundMe’s terms and conditions, as well as all relevant rules and regulations.
“Unfortunately, GoFundMe has buckled to demands against the freedom of Australians to donate to his cause,” the spokesman said.
“There appears to be a continuing campaign of discrimination against Israel and his supporters.”
2. Elder abuse by carer caught on camera in Adelaide.
Elder abuse takes many forms incl. financial exploitation, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, sexual abuse & neglect or abandonment.
???? People who commit #ElderAbuse are often in a position of trust incl. the own family members pic.twitter.com/9IzXykxJ6B
— WHO South-East Asia (@WHOSEARO) June 15, 2019