Civil Partners

The WA National Party has drafted a civil partnership bill that would give homosexuals the right to be officially registered. The bill was prepared by Nationals MLC Mia Davies and allows for civil unions regardless of their sex. For story: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/8653769/nationals-in-push-to-give-same-sex-recognition/

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Gidding Premier

Emily’s List founding member Lara Gidding has become Tasmania’s premier. She is behind the Surrogacy Bill and the Human Rights Bill. To read what the Australian Christian Lobby warns about Ms Gidding see: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/01/new-tasmanian-premier-behind-laws-of-concern-to-christians/

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Write a Song

The Australian Christian Lobby reports Jan 27, 2011 that the Australian Songwriters Association wants to hear new songs about Christmas from young new musicians. The ACL said it gives Christians an opportunity to promote the real meaning of Christmas.

For ACL story: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/01/write-a-song-for-next-christmas/

For info on the competition: http://www.asai.org.au/

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Nitschke Campaign

Pro-euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke was in Perth and Hobart over the past week as part of an Australian tour to promote suicide and assisted suicide.

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Disadvantaged Children

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ‘Child Protection Australia 2009-10 indicated that over 187,000 children were the subject of a child protection notification-a decrease of 10% from a year previous. Almost 36,000 were living in out-of-home care and there were almost 8050 foster carer households. Indigenous children on care and protection orders were nine times the rate of non-indigenous children. The number of children in substantiations of maltreatment was 7.1 per 1000 children. In the Nederlands it was 3.8/1000, in Canada 21.7/1000.

Another report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare into the educational outcomes of children on guardianship or custody orders from a study taken from 2003-06, (the first such study undertaken in Australia) shows that a higher proportion of those under these orders did not meet national benchmarks for reading and numeracy and indigenous children within this group are particularly disadvantaged.

For child protection report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/cws/39/12223.pdf

For ‘Educational outcomes of children on guardianship or custody orders: a pilot study, stage 2’ published Jan 27, 2011: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11775

For press release: http://www.aihw.gov.au/mediacentre/2011/mr20110127.cfm

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Christian Heritage

Coinciding with Australia Day, Christian History Research has offered new resources which outlines Australia’s Christian heritage.

For more: http://www.chr.org.au/index.html

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Youth Voice

The Australian Youth Forum is asking youth to tell the Government ways in which they can assist young people affected by natural disasters. To have your says and to suggest a new topic: http://www.youth.gov.au/ayf/HaveASay/Pages/TopicDetails.aspx?TopicID=30

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Travel OpenDoors

In its Jan-Feb 2011 newsletter Frontline Faith, Opendoors urges Christians: “Don’t just sit there, Travel with Open Doors on a life changing trip to help those persecuted around the world. Open Doors has a new travel programme travels to Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. It aims to allow persecuted Christians to share their burden. Things required: A servant’s heart, flexibility and willingness to be inconvenienced and the ability to work in a team. For more info visit www.opendoors.org.au and click on the ‘travel’ button. Or call (02) 9451 2999. Not all travel opportunities are advertised due to the nature of the ministry.

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Write to Persecuted

Opendoors is asking people to write a letter of encouragement to an imprisoned believer. Letters should be sent to Opendoors by Feb 28. For letter guidelines: http://www.opendoors.org.au/page/45/latest-writing-campaign

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Numbers Rise

In the United States, large crowds have been marching against US abortion funding at the 38th annual pro-life march. C-Fam reported that 40,000 marched in Washington and major events have been held in Paris and San Francisco For story “Pro-life Movement Reaches Ascendancy”: http://www.c-fam.org/publications/id.1777/pub_detail.asp

Or see: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=24836

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