Youth Forum Opportunity

Applications for the Australian Youth Forum Steering Committee open 13-31 October. For more: http://www.deewr.gov.au/ministers/garrett/media/releases/pages/article_110930_162441.aspx

If you would like to register your interest email ayf@deewr.gov.au

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Unregulated Trading

The WA Government has allowed larger shops to open Sunday after increasing the staff cap from 13 to 18 with the passing of the Retail Trading Hours Amendment Bill 2011. Quoted in the Govt press release, Roleystone Supa IGA owner Ross Anile said he was delighted with the increase. For Govt press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=144283

For more on trading hours: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection/Content/Consumers/Retail_Trading_Hours.html

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Please Pray

In their October 2011 newsletter, Saltshakers asks people to pray for their ministry. “PLEASE keep praying about the future of this Ministry. Peter and Jenny and the Board are seeking God’s wisdom about the future and we ask you to pray that we will see His guiding hand. Too many ‘leaders’ keep going too long, and we want to see God’s plan, rather than simply plod on in the same ‘old’ ways. Please keep praying for us.”

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Lotto Wins

More than 1000 organisations had big wins in the past financial year thanks to State run gambling, says WA Premier Colin Barnett. Lotterywest money provided to organisations from gambling totalled $240m in the past year. West Australians spent $683m in the past year. Lotterywest has a target of $716m. For Barnett’s press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=144581

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Heart Changer

A new 30 minute film from www.livingwaters.com shows how people’s views on abortion and also the need for a saviour can change 180 degrees with a few compelling questions. To watch documentary (warning: contains graphic images of the holocaust): http://heartchanger.com/index.php

Or: http://180movie.com/

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PM Talks to Emily’s List

Prime Minister Julia Gillard spoke at the Inaugural Emily’s List Oration in Canberra on 13 Sept 2011. Gillard was one of the founders of Emily’s List, an organisation which promotes Labor women in parliament who support abortion. She said Emily’s List retains every part of its original urgency and relevance. “Our job is not done yet,” the PM said. “This is no time to fold up the banners or put away the cheque book.” To read Gillard’s speech see: http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/inaugural-emilys-list-oration-canberra

Or: http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/julia-gillard-womens-rights-and-emilys-list-equality-to-come/

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Tagged Sexting

Tagged, a short film to help educate young people about cyberbullying, sexting and protecting their digital reputation, has been launched by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy. For more: http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2011/259

To watch the 20min film: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/tagged/

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Appaling Christophobia

“The Christian church is sleeping through its own execution. It seems most Christians have no clue that war has been declared against the Christian faith,” writes Bill Muehlenberg from CultureWatch.

For story: http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2011/09/27/more-appalling-christophobia/

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Homosexual Campaign

A new website and facebook page has been launched which aims to share stories and experiences from homosexual couples. On Oct 12 homosexuals are planning to take their stories to Canberra. Gay and Lesbian Equality (WA) is looking particularly for activists residing in the electorates of Moore, Pearce, Curtin, Hasluck, Brand and Perth to join them in going to Canberra. GALE will assist in paying for the trip. Organisers say that research shows that the best way for someone to become a supporter of homosexual marriage is through a personal story – knowing someone who is affected, and what changing the law would mean to them. For website: http://mymarriagestory.com.au/share-your-story/

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Christian Dominionist

Is the Australian Christian Lobby Dominionist? Chrys Stevenson writes on the ABC Religion and Ethics blog an article which suggests there is enough evidence to suggest the ACL is at the forefront of the ideological holy war called ‘Dominionism”.

To read article and to read ACL response: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/09/19/3320809.htm

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