Indigenous Justice

Although Indigenous Australians only make up 5% of young people in Australia, over one-third (38%) of those under juvenile justice supervision were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report Juvenile justice in Australia 2009-10, shows that 7,250 young people were under supervision on an average day in 2009-10. Data on WA statistics were not provided in the report. For report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420208

Or: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420203

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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ARPA Tasmania

The Association for Reformed Political Action has formed a separate branch in Tasmania. It was formed at a meeting in October where Kevin Swarts delivered a presentation on gambling and the impact it has on the community. Tasmania MP Rene Hidding also spoke at the meeting about some of the issues around Parliament, Government and cabinet. The Tasmanian ARPA committee consists of Will Groenewold, Harold Jonker, Alice Kroeze, Kevin Swarts, John van Asperen, Dirk Veltkamp and Sean Eikelboom.

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Muslim PR

The Muslim organisation behind the “Jesus is a Prophet of Islam” billboards will begin screening a TV commercial espousing Islamic values during some top-rating programs.

For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=28743

Or: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/10831906/tv-campaign-to-explain-muslim-faith/

Or: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/muslim-organisation-mypeace-to-show-commercials-espousing-islamic-values-during-top-rating-tv-shows/story-e6freuy9-1226174951408

To view commercial: http://video.dailytelegraph.com.au/2158567028/First-primetime-TV-ad-for-Islam

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Reist Baseless

The Australian Association of National Advertisers has described an opinion piece written by Melinda Tankard Reist, in which the author claims industry self regulation has failed to stop the objectification of women and the sexualisation of children, as “baseless and inaccurate”. For more: http://mumbrella.com.au/ad-association-hits-back-at-baseless-and-inaccurate-tankard-reist-sexploitation-piece-63709

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Geneva Push

In its latest newsletter, The Geneva Push says that it has assessed over 40 potential church planters in the last 18 months and the work has resulted in 14 new churches with plans for another 16 new churches over the next 12 months. For their report/Strategic Vision: http://gallery.mailchimp.com/deb55ae46590d434abb77812c/files/Geneva__Strategic_Vision.pdf

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Elaine Nile Funeral

ON Oct 26, 2011 about 800 attended the funeral of the Hon Elaine Nile, wife of Rev Fred Nile and former member of the NSW Parliament for the Christian Democratic Party. Mrs Nile organised the liturgy for the funeral. Those attending included members from various political parties including the Premier and leader of the Opposition. The Message of Faith, Hope and Love, based on 1 Corinthians 13:13 was presented by the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford. Principal, Morling Bible and Theological College.

 Rev Hon Fred Nile
Parliamentary Leader, Christian Democratic Party
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000

Email: f.nile@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Homosexual Poll

The Courier Mail is carrying a poll asking the question: Do you support gay marriage. The number of people that voted in the poll is considerable. As at 3 Nov, 386,427 were said to have voted with almost 99% voting in favour of gay marriage. Normal polls on this issue usually attract a few thousand votes. To see poll and to vote: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/lnp-will-vote-against-same-sex-unions-legislation-says-campbell-newman/story-e6freoof-1226177071599

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011

Same Sex Passports

Saltshakers reports in their November 2011 journal that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) is considering altering the passport application form for children. The proposal is to include an option to select the terms ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ – this would be added alongside the current terms ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’. Saltshakers says: “this follows a similar decision by the British government, which takes effect next month. The USA government went even further in December 2010 – totally removing the words ‘Mother and ‘Father’. They now only have ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’!”

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write to PM Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd and their federal MP and State Senators asking them to reject this DFAT proposal. Send letters to Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600.

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Work for Wyatt

Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt is seeking an Electorate Officer to manage constituent inquiries, Liaising with Govt depts., event and forum coordination etc. Applications close 18 Nov 2011. For more details or to send application email ken.wyatt.mp@aph.gov.au or send to Ken Wyatt MP EOB application, PO Box 325 Forrestfield WA 6058. More information is in the Weekend West, Nov 5-6, 2011 pg 113.

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Diva Stores

Collective Shout delivered a 135 page change.org petition containing 6000 signatures in Diva stores recently across Australia. The petition called for Diva to stop selling Playboy products to children. For more: http://melindatankardreist.com/2011/10/collective-shout-activists-tell-diva-to-bin-the-bunny/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MelindaTankardReist+%28Melinda+Tankard+Reist%29

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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