Abortion Easier

International abortion provider Marie Stopes International has just opened 10 new health service clinics in South African townships around Durban and Johannesburg. The Clinics will provide abortion services to these communities. MSI has received $2.5m from the United Nations Population Fund to help them expand their services around the world.

See: http://www.mariestopes.org/News/International/10_new_clinics_open_in_South_Africa_townships.aspx

http://www.mariestopes.org/News/International/MSI_and_UNFPA_sign_agreement_to_address_unmet_need.aspx

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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Iran Crackdown

In Tehran, Iran there has been a crackdown on Christians. More than 30 were arrested in July and August near Tehran and the northern city of Rasht. Christians Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, have now been in prison in Tehran for over six months. Christian women in London have held a prayer vigil for these Iranian women outside the Iranian Embassy.

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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India Genocide

Christians in at least 10 states of India have witnessed increased attacks on Christians in recent months. Operation Mobilization calls it a genocide because the attacks are targets at Christians and the Dalits. 25 pastors and their families have been moved to an OM base for their safety. Reports from the All India Christian Council said that 315 villages have been damaged, 4640 Christian houses burnt, 53,000 Christians homeless, 57 people killed, 18,000 Christians injured, 149 churches destroyed, 13 Christian schools and colleges damaged and a number of rapes. The OM is asking that people pray for these persecuted Christians.

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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Drinking Age Push

The leader of the CDP in NSW, Rev Fred Nile, is leading a push to lift the drinking age to 21. Rev Nile said research showed that new evidence indicated that raising the drinking age would result in a decrease in mental health issues. For more on the recent research on the affect of drinking by the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney(6.5MB) http://www.bmri.org.au/news/2009/drinkwise.pdf

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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CDP Opportunities

The CDP is calling for nominations for the CDP State Council. To nominate emailgoiran@westnet.com.au In addition the CDP is attending country shows and is looking for help in manning these booths. Email Trevor Young if you want to help on trejay@bigpond.com.au They will be in Narrogin Oct 17, Katanning Oct 24 and Albany 13-14 Nov.

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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Foster Parents Sought

The Department of Child Protection will be holding the next fostering information session at 145 Jull St, Armadale, Oct 14 6-8pm. For more information www.childprotection.wa.gov.au or 1800 024 453

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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Family Suffers

Extra hours, multiple jobs and weekend work are all cutting into Australian family life, while one-quarter of our children are overweight or obese, according to the latest Australian Social Trends released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

More: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/84E4998BE0191E51CA25763A0020623D?OpenDocument

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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Interfaith Dialogue

For the first time Australia recently participated as a full member in the United Nation’s 4th Ministerial Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace meeting. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith attended. He said Australia strongly supported the Regional Interfaith Dialogue. Perth will host the 5th regional interfaith dialogue on Oct 28-30.

For Smith’s comments: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2009/fa-s090925b.html

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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Cyber Bullying

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has launched “Lets Fight It Together”, a new teaching resource to combat cyberbullying that will be available free to all schools in Australia.

For more: http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=pc_311905

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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Teenage Drinking

The Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug Survey conducted in WA found that 17 y.o. girls were the worst binge drinkers.

Some 40.2% of the 2,802 WA Students aged between 12-17 surveyed had consumed alcohol in the past month.  61.2% of 17 yr old girls had consumed dangerously high levels of alcohol in the past week. For more: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=16714

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,26128013-5008620,00.html

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