CDP Donations

The Christian Democratic Party is calling for donations to help run an Election advertising campaign and for other election costs.

To donate: http://www.cdpnational.org.au/wa/?page_id=27

Or call 1300 305 237 for more info.

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Tax Free

Abbott has said he would safe-guard the tax-exempt status of charities.  For ways to write a submission on a federal govt inquiry into the tax status of charities and churches:

For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=22624

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Pastors Challenged

Lachlan Dunjey has written an article which asks church leaders if they will speak up and lead at this crucial time for Australia. “Will you help your people to understand the times so they know what to do? This is now a time for the church to inform.”

For more: http://www.chooselifeaustralia.org.au/life/a-challenge-to-pastors-and-leaders-%E2%80%93-will-we-guide-our-people-this-election/

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EMILY’s List

Alannah MacTiernan, candidate for Canning and Sharryn Jackson, Member for Hasluck both are members of Emily’s List. Emily’s List seeks to promote ‘progressive’ ideas into parliament such as on abortion issues. For more on Emily’s List and ways to get your views known to MacTiernan and other candidates see: http://christiangleanings.com/resources/emilys-list/

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24hr Prayer

The Parliamentary Prayer Network is asking churches to partake in 7 days of continuous prayer around the nation starting from Aug 14 until the election. Churches in each state are being asked to host a 24 hr period. The prayer begins in South Australia with the last 24 hours before the election to be hosted by WA. The Network has prayer points and Bible reading and hymns for those hosting prayers sessions.

In addition the Australian Prayer Network has provided prayer and Bible reading points for each day leading up to the election.

For the last 3 weeks prior to the election:

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Get Up! Targets

Tony Abbott is the target of an advertising campaign which highlights the views that have been expressed by Abbott over the last few years. Get Up described the Abbott comments he has made on thing like abortion as ’archaic and indefensible views’. They are calling for donations to run the advert to help bring “Abbotts views into the 21st C. As at Aug 5, 2010 $165,291 had been raised.

To see the advert: https://www.getup.org.au/campaign/Australia_GetsUp_2010&id=1251

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Australia Votes

The Australian Christian Lobby has launched its election website www.australiavotes.org.au

It includes the views of the political parties on different issues, shows the major points of difference between the parties and info about Local Candidate Forums.

It also contains information on the conscience votes held in the 2004-2007 parliament as well as explanations on the preferential voting system.

Meanwhile, the ACL is distributing approximately 800,000 flyers and 250,000 booklets to Australian churches which show the policies of the various parties.

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Christian Checklist

The Australian Christian Values Institute has released the Australian Christian Values Checklist for the Aug 21, 2010 election. It is based on federal and state party platforms, voting history and statements.

For checklist: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/images/stories/attachments/Christian_Values_Checklist_-_fed_2010_-_B__W_high_res.pdf

Or: http://www.christianvalues.org.au/check_list.html

For supporting statements: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/images/stories/attachments/Supporting_statements_-_2010_federal_Christian_Values_Checklist.pdf

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GALE WA Action

Gay and Lesbian Equity (WA) Inc is asking on their website for its supporters, to “use the Reply Paid envelops from party campaign propaganda to send back campaign material about sexuality and gender equality”. The campaign is called ‘rubbish for rights’. In particular they are asking people to send a LGBT Health Alliance of Australia handout that promotes homosexuality and to post it. The handout makes the point that there is not Federal Minister for Homosexuality or Federal Department representing homosexual interests.

Meanwhile GALE has released its latest newsletter GALEForce, which targets Southern River MLA Peter Abetz. On the front page of the newsletter it gives the contact details for Abetz and asks supporters to express their opposition to views Mr Abetz put forward at a May 14 talk about homosexuality which were subsequently reported in the Comment News. (May 18, 2010 pg 11.

In the previous issue GALEFOrce expressed concern with the rise of Christian people in the WA Parliament.

For May 18, 2010 Comment News article “Abetz against gay marriage”: http://epaper.communitynews.com.au/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=CNGA&BaseHref=CA/2010/05/18&PageLabel=&EntityId=Ar01100&ViewMode=GIF

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School Funding

In response to requests from the Christian Schools Association and other groups the Federal Govt has committed that current funding arrangements with private schools will be kept in place for the entire term of the next parliament. To make a submission on school funding see: http://christiangleanings.com/2010/07/school-funding/

For more: http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=ec0880aa1be896bbe79dc9c82&id=045ea5b8fd&e=e48aae9050

To see letter from CSA to Education Minister Simon Crean: http://www.csa.edu.au/briefings/national/362-disability-indexation-religious-freedoms-election-submission-to-government

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