Murdoch Uni event

Coinciding with the national homo May action to push for same-sex marriage, Murdoch University has incorporated the issue of Same Sex Marriage into its human biological unit: Introduction to the Human Body BMS101. On Friday May 14 from 3.30-5.30pm there will be a forum available to the public on same-sex marriage. Speaking will be two Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (GLBTI) speakers: Shane Bowra (Families for Freedom/Socialist Alternative) and Brian Greig (former Democrats Senator)

Speaking will also be: Rev Peter Abetz (MLA for Southern River) and Fr Joe Parkinson (director LJ Goody Bioethics Centre)

Also speaking will by Sheikh Feizel Chothia (nominee for the Murdoch Uni Muslim Student’s Assocation). Brenda McGivern, Associate Prof in Law, UWA will be chairing the forum.

To be held at Murdoch Uni Economics Commerce and Law lecture Theatre (ECL)-1

For further information contact Dr Jim Cummins on 9360 2668 or
email j.cummins@murdoch.edu.au

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POSTED 13 May 2010
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Human Trafficking

The Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Human has been formed which aims to fight against human trafficking. The website states that human trafficking is one of the evils of the world and an affront to God’s dream of ‘abundance of life for all” as expressed in John 10:10. It says that 27 million people are in slavery around the world.

A group called “Stop the Traffik” is calling for the UN’s Palermo Protocol to be reviewed to ensure that trafficking is prevented and suppressed.

For more: http://www.acrath.org.au/home.php

http://www.stopthetraffik.org.au/stt/

Action: ACRATH is asking people to pray to end trafficking in Australia.

Action: Stop the Traffik is asking people to write to:

Hon Brendan O’Connor MP
Minister for Home Affairs
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Or email: mha@ag.gov.au

To see letter sample and learn more: http://www.stopthetraffik.org.au/stt/campaigns/PalermoProtocol.asp

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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Youth Survey

Youth aged 11-24 are invited to take part in a national survey commissioned by Misson Australia on their views, concerns and values. The survey period closes July 2.

Visit: www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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Crisis Accomodation

A report released April 23 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Crisis Accommodation Program 2008-09 indicates that 54,539 households in NSW, Vic, QLD and WA received emergency accommodation. Of these 18,613 were newly assisted, of which 17% were aboriginal households. In WA 1,359 were assisted for the first timbering the total assisted to 1,761 WA households. The total number of indigenous households receiving assistance was 662 in 2008-09.

On April 30, 2010 the AIHW released “Government-funded specialist homelessness services SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09. This report says that young women aged 15-19 were the group most likely to use specialist homeless services. 1 in every 50 women in this age bracket received homeless services. The report says 204,900 people received homeless services in 2008-09 in Australia. $405m was spent on homeless services in the year.

For April 30 report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/hou/219/11235-c01.pdf

For more of Crisis Accommodation Report (April 23): http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11527

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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Family Focus

Focus on the Family Australia is undertaking a survey which takes 3-4 minutes to complete. The survey aims to keep the organisation in touch with the major challenges facing families in the community and to find out how Focus on the Family can operate better.

To complete survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D92V2F7

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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GALE Campaign

Gay and Lesbian Equality (GALE WA) states on its website that it has been seeking new committee members to assist in a major campaign in 2010 for equal relationship recognition schemes in WA and Nation-wide. GALE is joining with other groups across the country in 2010 for the 2010 National Year of Marriage. On May 15 the group Equal Love is holding rally’s across the country including outside the WA State Library. They are also running a petition calling Kevin Rudd to introduce same-sex marriage. May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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Muslim Empowerment

For the 3rd year in a row LaTrobe University is offering Govt-sponsored leadership training for young Muslims. The training course is advertised in the Crescent Times, April 2010, p2. Participants aged 18-30 will learn over 7 weeks how to engage with all levels of government, business, academia, the professional world, the media and religious and community organisations. Participants will also meet and talk with decision makers in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. The course is fully subsidised with the costs covered by the Commonwealth Govt through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Victorian Govt and Islamic Council of Australia. Last year the Australian Christian Lobby raised concerns that its youth training program, Compass, received no Govt support while this Muslim youth program was fully promoted and supported by the Govt.

In addition, the Australian Federal Police is sponsoring the Muslim Youth Leadership Challenge to be held in May, 2010. This includes a forum for males and females 16-35. Included is a wellness retreat for Muslim women. The US Govt is also promoting Muslim studies through sponsorship via the US State Department. On March 4, 2010 the State Department sponsored the UWA event “Muslim Women in Today’s World, which was hosted by the UWA’s Centre for Muslim States and Societies.

For more on the LaTrobe course (see pg2): http://issuu.com/crescenttimes/docs/aprilissue-crescenttimes-ecopyapril2010

Or: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/dialogue/projects/muslim-leadership/index.html

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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PROSH Newspaper

On April 21, Students from UWA were selling their annual newspaper in the name of charity. The paper made a mockery of Christianity and the church, included foul language and sexual content. On page 2 a disclaimer said that while readers might be offended they should remind themselves that it was for a good cause. “If you choose to pore through the paper, getting more and more incensed at the content, we are not sorry. PROSH is about Satire, which means poking fun at sacred cows.” In 2010 the organisations that profited from the sale of this newspaper were the Heart Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA, Clown Doctors and The Grey Man.

To forward your views contact the UWA Student Guild on 6488 2296 or write to:

PROSH
c/o UWA Student Guild
M300, 35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
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POSTED 4 May 2010
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R-Rated Games

As at April 28, 2010 a total of 128 letters had been sent to the Federal Attorney General using the makeastand.org.au website. The Australian Christian Lobby is fighting to stop R-Rated Games from being allowed into Australia. The Standing Committee of Attorneys General (SCAG) is meeting on May 7 to consider whether to allow R-rated computer games into Australia.

Action: The Australian Christian Lobby is asking people to write to their state Attorney General asking them not to support the proposal to allow R-rated computer games. For more and to get involved in the campaign and to write a letter to your attorney general visit: http://www.makeastand.org.au/campaign/index.stw?campaign_id=33

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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WA Sex Education

The Youth Affairs Council of WA is moving a step forward in implementing its 2007 report, “Sexual Health Education and Young People in WA-a youth consultation”. The 2007 report recommended priority is placed on school policies that promote acceptance and support of diverse sexualities at a curriculum, policy and school community level; supporting the implementation of a sexual health curriculum and encouraging partnerships with youth health services. The recommendations were based on what school students felt was required in sex education.

As reported in earlier in Gleanings (May 2009), the result will be an Australian-first and could be adopted Australia-wide once completed.

Six WA Youth sector agencies are trialling the STI/BBV youth peer education program, including Christian organisation Mission Australia Youth Accommodation Support Service.

Related to the project, the Hyper Peer Education Program is recruiting young people aged 15-24 who will explore issues that young people face today, including sexual health, STI’s BBVs, drugs and the media.

The key stakeholders working with YACWA on the project include the FPWA Sexual Health Services, WA Aids Council, The Freedom Centre and the Quarry Health Centre. YACWA hopes to have the project ready for WA Schools by July 2011.

To be involved in the Hyper Peer Education Program and for more info: http://www.yacwa.org.au/content.php?CID=117

For more on the Youth Educating Peers project: http://www.yacwa.org.au/content.php?CID=57

For the initial 2007 report: http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/cproot/999/2/FINAL%20REPORT%20SH%20Education%20and%20Young%20People%20in%20WA%2007.pdf

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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