Chaplaincy Challenge

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that after three days of legal arguments, the High Court challenge to chaplaincy has concluded its hearings, with the Court reserving its judgement until later in the year. For story: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/08/hearings-into-high-court-challenge-to-chaplaincy-concludes/

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011
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Marriage Census Redefined

The Australian Bureau of Stat­istics has undermined the census as a “true record” of marriage in the country by allowing anyone to nominate a husband or wife – regardless of gender or marital status, the auxiliary Bishop of Sydney said in the Catholic Weekly.

For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=27585

Or: http://www.catholicweekly.com.au/article.php?classID=1&subclassID=2&articleID=8750&class=Latest%20News&subclass=CW%20National

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011
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Christian Schools

Find a Christian School has been published which seeks to promote Christ-centres education in the Australian Community. To read: http://issuu.com/cwmagazine/docs/find_a_christian_school_magazine/

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011
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Climate Spiritual Battle

Tim Costello writes how the climate change debate is a spiritual battle where the Church can get it wrong. For article from Sight Magazine: http://www.sightmagazine.com.au/stories/feature/climatechange27.7.11.php

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011

Aboriginal Health

There has been a 29% decline in deaths due to circulatory disease and a 55% decline in infant mortality rates according to a new report on Indigenous Health. For more: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/B4FAC97E0CB5A73BCA2578E1007E3135/$File/WS041.pdf

For report: http://www.health.gov.au/indigenous-hpf

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011

Youth Forum

The Commonwealth Youth Forum 2011 will be held in Perth 23-27 Oct 2011 in Fremantle, WA.

Robyn McSweeney press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=142889

Action: The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition is asking Australians aged 18-29 to apply as a delegate. To apply: http://www.ayac.org.au/index.php?page=commonwealth-youth-forum. Applications close Aug 21, 2011. For more info: cyf2011@deewr.gov.au or projects@ayac.org.au or call 02 9212 0500.

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011
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Global Recording Network Director

Global Recording Network Australia is seeking a national director. The role involves the oversight of about 20 staff, support of 7 countries and a budget of more than $1m. GRN Australia provides audio and audio visual material to 30 countries. For more: http://globalrecordings.net/en/AusCEOsearch

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011
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NY Marriage Rally

An estimated 10,000 people participated in a recent New York City rally and march in support of the traditional definition of marriage. The rally, which was organized by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), took place on the same day as the first homosexual “marriages” were legally performed in New York State. Source: http://www.ausprayernet.org.au/

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011
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Abortion Abolished

Life News reports that the Polish Parliament voted on July 4 to end abortion in that country. The vote followed a petition with 600,000 signatures that called for an end to legalised abortion. In Hungary a decision was made in April to enact a new Constitution which states that every human being shall have the right to life and dignity from the moment of conception. Life News says that it is a challenge for the citizens of WA to ask the Parliament to repeal the 1998 Abortion Bill.

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011
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Selected Abortions

C-Fam reports that “a new book has raised hackles among abortion advocates about just how much the UN Population Fund is to blame for more than 160 million missing girls in Asia: aborted in the quest for sons.

“Mara Hvistendahl’s Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men is “one of the most consequential books ever written in the campaign against abortion” according to a Wall Street Journal review” for more: http://www.c-fam.org/fridayfax/volume-14/book-review-unnatural-selection-choosing-boys-over-girls-and-the-consequences-of-a-world-full-of-men.html

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POSTED 23 Aug 2011
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