School Chaplains

The Federal Govt has ruled that the School Chaplains program no longer required Chaplains and plans to make the changes in 2012. Instead a secular student welfare worker could also do the job. The program will be renamed the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program to reflect is broader scope, says School Education Minister Peter Garrett. He said he wanted to give schools greater choice. The Age Newspaper ran a poll where 88% of 1795 participants said they favoured the use of secular counsellors instead of chaplains. For more: http://www.deewr.gov.au/ministers/garrett/media/releases/pages/article_110907_102159.aspx

Or: http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/new-choice-for-school-chaplaincy-program-20110907-1jxur.html

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Youth Survey

The Australian Youth Forum is conducting a review into the value and impact of the Australian Youth Forum. To conduct survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DL2MDCG

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Church Plants

On Sept 13, 2011 Rev Jack Sawyer from the Orthodox Presbyterian Churches in Northern America addressed about 150 people at the Southern River Free Reformed Church. He spoke about the active home mission or church planting that his church does, providing ideas on ways that it could be done also in Australia.

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011

Busselton Feature

The Busselton Dunsborough Times (Sept 16, 2011) featured a letter “God’s word sets marriage rules” which spoke of what the Bible says about homosexuality. The paper has featured articles and letters on homosexual marriage in the past weeks. To offer your support to some of the letters send your letter to: editor@bdtimes.com.au or PO Box 204 Busselton 6280.

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Homeless CHOGM Plan

The State Govt has allocated $112,000 to provide services to homeless people in Perth during the hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said there were no plans to remove homeless people from Perth’s CBD but people may be asked to move on from restricted areas and homeless people will be directed to support services. For more: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=143854

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Q&A

On Monday night 19 Sept Q&A featured Australian Christian Lobby CEO Jim Wallace, atheist Cristina Rad, Sydney Institute executive director Gerard Henderson, Raimond Gaita and Kristina Keneally. For more: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/coming_up.htm

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Sexualisation

The ABC Q&A programme (12 Sept 2011) featured Melinda Tankard Reist who spoke about the sexualisation of woman and prostitution laws. For program: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3310541.htm

SBS TV had a program on 16 Sept 2011 called: Trafficked-The Reckoning, which talks about the trafficking of woman into sex slavery in Australia. To watch or for more: http://www.sbs.com.au/documentary/program/traffickedthereckoning/about/synopsis

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Tasmanian Marriage

Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim is tabling a motion in the Tasmanian Parliament to support homosexual marriage. The motion calls on the Federal Government to change the marriage laws. Premier Lara Giddings said she would support the motion. For story: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/tasmania-parliament-first-to-vote-in-favour-of-same-sex-marriage/story-e6frg15u-1226141302031

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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For Kid’s Sake

A report titled For Kids Sake and authored by Prof Patrick Parkinson of the University of Sydney blames sliding marriage rates for the decline of the wellbeing of Australia’s children over the past decade. For report: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/wp-content/uploads/FKS-ResearchReport1.pdf

For article by former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/children-need-mum-and-dad-for-best-mental-health/story-e6frfhqf-1226132579875

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Church and State

In Vol 2 of the Western Australian Jurist Steven Alan Samson writes about the entanglements between church and state in America drawing on work by Groen van Prinsterer and Gary North et al. For article: this link [pdf]

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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