Trade Unions

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that 1 in 5 employees are trade union members. WA has the lowest representation (14% of workforce). Tasmania the highest (25% of workforce). For more visit: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyCatalogue/028DA089D721EB36CA25759A0029B65F?Opendocument

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Victoria abortions

Federal Attorney General Robert McClelland is said to be under increased pressure from within his own party to use his powers to overturn Victoria’s new abortion laws because they are said to be in breach of international United Nations law. See: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=13178

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Aboriginal support

The Federal Government has announced the new Remote Service Delivery Strategy, signed by all Australian governments. It will be developed into local plans to look at improving health, education and housing for indigenous people. It was launched by Indigenous Affairs minister Jenny Macklin in Perth at a speech to the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy. To read her speech see: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/john_curtis_21april09.htm

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Religious Centre

Prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have formed a lobby group, the Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty, to fight what they say is the growing threat to religious freedom in Australia. They are worried that vilification laws, which were used in Victoria against a pastor for comments he made about Islam, will be introduced nationally. For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=13183
For centre: http://www.ambrosecentre.org.au/

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Office space

The CDP in WA is looking for more “mission partners” who can provide financial support or other support. The CDP is also looking for office space, about 60sq m, which is subsidised by supporters, or possibly free somewhere in the Perth metro area. If you can help pay the rent also get in touch with the CDP.

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Association for Reformed Political Action

The Association for Reformed Political Action, formed from within the Free Reformed Churches of Australia, held its first committee meeting last week and is developing a strategic plan. Work is also underway on letter writing and on developing ARPA’s bylaws.

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Youth sought

Young people between the age of 12 and 25 years of age are invited to join a local youth advisory council in their region or town. YACs advise local and state government on matters important to youth, assist in deciding funding priorities and organise activities and events. The State Government provides advice to YACs via the Office for Youth. For info visit:
http://www.childrenandyouth.wa.gov.au/template.asp?cID=38
For more info on how to join and find out where your nearest YAC is contact the Office for Youth on 1800 281 116 or youngpeople@communities.wa.gov.au

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Aboriginal Representation

The Australian Human Rights Commission is helping in the development of a new self-determining and independent national Indigenous representative body. In March 11-13 98 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders met in Adelaide to discuss the new body. The Howard Government disbanded the last national aboriginal body, ATSIC, formed by Bob Hawke, in 2005 after corruption investigations.
To find out more about the new body visit: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/repbody/index.html

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Alcohol fight

Australia’s health and police ministers met in Brisbane April 24, agreeing on tougher action on alcohol advertising, saying the current voluntary Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code is inadequate.
To see the meeting communiqué visit: http://www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/internet/drugstrategy/publishing.nsf/Content/mcds-24apr09-communique
Saltshakers has called on the Federal Government to lift the legal age of alcohol consumption to 21 years old. Among other things they also want a ban on all alcohol advertising, a ban on sports sponsorship, restriction of hotel open hours between 10am and midnight and across the board tax increases on alcohol.
See attached Saltshakers press release.

Action: Saltshakers is urging people to write to Federal and State MPs asking them to support the measures that Saltshakers has called for to deal with the ‘alcohol soaked society now causing so much harm’.

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