Holiday Visits

A reminder (as in previous years):

As you seek your “fun in the sun” this Christmas holiday you, your children or your friends may consider taking an eye opening detour past one of the many aboriginal communities doted around WA to get an idea of living conditions in these communities. Or find out where there are drop-in centres, or community services for the homeless etc.

In northeastern Perth, at Cullacabardee, you can visit a small Noongar Aboriginal community, based on Baal Street, a drug rehabilitation retreat, located off Gnangara Road in the suburb’s northeast. You could also visit such places at Gnangara, Badjaling, Ninga Mia Village(Kalgoorlie), Iragul, (Norseman). For maps and places to visit see the links below.

WA map: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/WAComsA4.pdf

Goldfields: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/GFComs_A4.pdf

Perth/Wheatbelt: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/MWComs_A4.pdf

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Youth Homelessness

Four in 10 residents in Australian Govt housing are under the age of 25. This is higher than the proportion of people aged under 25 in the general community, which is around 34%. The report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, released Dec 7, 2010, called: Young people and children in social housing, shows that in 2008–09 about 300,000 young people, including about 240,700 children (aged 17 years or under) were residents of public rental housing or SOMIH.

For press release: http://www.aihw.gov.au/mediacentre/2010/mr20101207.cfm

Report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/aus/bulletin85/11587.pdf

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Church Asylum

Asylum seekers will be moved into presbyteries and other church-owned properties in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs before Christmas, as part of the plan to bring families out of detention. The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Hotham Mission Asylum-Seeker Project, behind the scheme, says they are in talks to have the families moved. For more: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=24411

Or: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/refugees-prayers-are-answered/story-e6frf7kx-1225965471717

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Alcohol Ads

Rev Fred Nile, leader of the Christian Democratic Party has introduced the ‘Alcoholic Beverages Advertising Prohibition Bill 2010′ into the NSW Parliament. It seeks to prohibit alcohol advertising in NSW.

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School Funding

Christian Schools Australia reports that the Review of Funding for Schooling (the Gonski Review) has released the Issues Paper that will guide the next phase of this crucial review process. The CSA is seeking feedback on the review from schools over the coming weeks. Submissions to the review are due by March 31, 2011.

To see issues paper: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/ReviewofFunding/Pages/EmergingIssuesPaper.aspx

To see CSA’s initial response: http://csa.edu.au/briefings/national/461-funding-review-paper-raises-concerns

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Australian Curriculum

The Christians School Australia reports that the Australian Curriculum has recently been endorsed. For story: http://csa.edu.au/briefings/national/460-australian-curriculum-endorsed

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Adoption Stats

In 2009–10, Australia recorded the lowest number of adoptions since the early 1970s, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report, Adoptions Australia 2009–10, found that there were 412 adoptions in Australia during this period; a 7% decline on the previous year. Since the early 1970s, there has been a 21-fold decrease in the number of adoptions in Australia. The majority (54%) were adopted from overseas. Meanwhile an estimated 100,000 babies are aborted in Australia each year

For adoption media release: http://www.aihw.gov.au/mediacentre/2010/mr20101215.cfm

For report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11957

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Drinking Patterns

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare “Drinking patterns in Australia, 2001-2007” showed that alcohol consumption by young under legal aged people (14-17 years) has slightly declined from 66% in 2001 to 62% in 2007. One in five Australian females aged 14 years and over said they had abstained from drinking alcohol in the previous 12 months compared to one in seven among men. For report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/phe/133/11895.pdf

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Liberal Pre-selection

Nominations for Liberal Party pre-selection in the O’Connor Division of the Federal House of Representatives is open. Interested people who are not currently Party Members should contact the State Director ASAP. Applications close 12pm, 28 Feb 2011.

To send application or for more details:

State Director, Ben Morton

4th floor, 640 Murray St, West Perth, PO Box 49, West Perth 6872 t: (08) 6436 3300.

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Oprah Mania

As Oprah Winfrey visits Australia Saltshakers’ Jenny Stokes believes there are dangers for Christians in the message that Oprah promotes. To view Jenny’s comments see: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/news/salt-tv

Or: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csLq8jNuCq8&feature=player_embedded

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