Youth Blues

One in four young Australians aged 16-24 have a mental disorder according to a report released July 19, 2010 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Almost 1/3 of young woman had a mental disorder compared to 1/4 of men. Those with mental disorders were more than 5 times more likely to use illicit drugs and twice as likely to smoke. For report: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/25C95D1E36F1B968CA257762001AC54B?OpenDocument

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Digital Drug?

An USA report expresses concern with a phenomenon called “i-dosing” which involves getting high on the internet by donning headphones and listening to “music’ largely a droning noise. Teens listen to such tracks as “Gates of Hades” Schools are warning against the cyber drug. For more: http://fm1019.blogspot.com/2010/07/report-teens-using-digital-drugs-to-get.html

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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WA Gambling

WA Gambling will expand after the State Govt provided in-principle support on July 19, 2010 for a $350m expansion of the Burswood “Entertainment” Complex. The Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said the development would provide a $200m boost in taxes and levies to the State Govt. He said the Govt would not stand in the way of the Gaming and Wagering Commission deciding on the application for more gaming capacity at the Casino. The expansion will provide an additional 250 gaming machines and 50 gaming tables bring the total number of machines to 2000 and the number of tables to 220. To help problem gamblers $2m will be allocated by the State Government.

For Waldron’s press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=133775

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Gambling Online

The Economist is running a debate until July 30, 2010 on Gambling with the motion: “This house believes there should be no legal restrictions on gambling.”

To read and vote on the motion visit: http://www.economist.com/debate/overview/178/Gambling

An Economist report July 8, 2010 says online gambling is expected to rise internationally by 13% a year to reach $36b by 2012. In Australia it is relatively low at 3.4% of total gambling, compared with 17.2% in the US. The Economist says laws need to keep up with the growth in internet gambling.

Meanwhile, EU Business reports July 8, 2010 that the European Court of Justice has backed Sweden’s ban on the advertising of online gambling on the grounds of public order.

For more: http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displayStory.cfm?story_id=16507692&subjectID=348963&fsrc=nwl

And: http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displayStory.cfm?story_id=16507670&subjectID=348963&fsrc=nwl

For European Court of Justice ruling on Sweden: http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/court-sweden.5hx

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Indigenous Housing

In 2009-10 a total of 316 houses and 828 refurbishments occurred in remote indigenous communities across Australia. In WA 67 homes were built and 150 refurbished. For more: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2010/pages/remote_indig_housing_progress_15jul10.aspx

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Indigenous Funding

Eleven indigenous youth projects will receive $1.4m in Fed Govt funding to tackle family violence and support health families in Indigenous communities.

It includes $320,000 for the Circular Head Aboriginal Corp, East Tasmania and $24,000 for Halls Creek.

Meanwhile, the Aust Govt has launched a new peak national body, the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Incorporated (IAHA) as part of a $19m National Indigenous Health Workforce Training Package.

For more on the 11 projects: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2010/pages/indigenous_youth_projects_9jul10.aspx

More on the new indigenous health peak body: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr10-ws-ws067.htm?OpenDocument&yr=2010&mth=7

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Muslim Teaching

The Sunday Mail (July 11, 2010) reports that every Australian school student would be taught positive things about Islam and Muslims and that Australia was a racist country, under a plan being proposed by an education think tank. The plan is outlined in a booklet “Learning From One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools” written by Eeqbal Hassim and Jennet Cole-Adams and published this week by the Australian Curriculum Studies Association and The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies. The booklet is also sponsored by the Myer Foundation.

For story: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/think-tank-proposes-australian-students-be-taught-positives-about-islam-and-muslims/story-e6freooo-1225890193155

And: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/teaching_children_that_fear_of_terrorism_is_racist/

For think tank booklet: http://www.nceis.unimelb.edu.au/sites/nceis.unimelb.edu.au/files/LFOA.pdf

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Halal Food

The Muslim newspaper, Crescent Times is calling for readers to help them investigate the Halal certification industry following allegations of fraud and corruption. (July 2010 issue) Concern has been raised over the use of funds raised through halal certification. The paper notes concerns with Harvey Beef, where it was alleged that workers came to work drunk, did not know what to say and in many cases did not pray to Allah ant the time of slaughter-a halal requirement. For more on halal food and the Crescent Times investigation visit: http://issuu.com/crescenttimes/docs/crescenttimes-july2010

Meanwhile, WA-based pie maker, Mrs Mac’s, has an advert in the july 2010 issue of the crescent times notifying that halal certified pies are coming soon, with more details to follow in the next issue of the crescent times. No details of the new pies are yet available on the Mrs Mac’s website.

For Mrs Mac’s advert pg 14: http://issuu.com/crescenttimes/docs/crescenttimes-july2010

For Mrs Mac’s contact details: http://www.mrsmacs.com.au/contact/

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010

Crescent Times

The Muslim newspaper, currently investigating halal food in Australia is planning to investigate Islamic education ‘down under’ from September 2010 and Islamic Finance ‘down under’ from Nov 2010.

For more visit: www.crescenttimes.com.au

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010

School Chaplains

The National School Chaplaincy Association has launched a campaign to try to extend funding of the school chaplaincy programme beyond 2011. There are about 2000 chaplains employed in Australian public schools.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby and the National School Chaplaincy Association are asking people to join the campaign by sending an email to their local Federal MP asking that the funding is continued beyond 2011. The Association provides an easy method to find out who your MP is.

For more and to send email: http://support.schoolchaplaincy.org.au/

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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