Gambling Report Released

On December 8, 2011 the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform issued its second report into interactive and online gambling and gambling advertising and the Interactive Gambling and Broadcasting Amendment (Online Transactions and Other Measures) Bill 2011. The 428 page report had 20 recommendations and said that the Bill should not be passed. It recommended that advertising gambling during times when children are watching TV should be banned. See the full report and recommendations, or the media release about the report.

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Anti-Discrimination Laws

Attorney General Robert McClelland and Minister for Finance and Deregulation Penny Wong launched a public discussion paper on Sept 22, 2011 to seek community views on the consolidation of Federal antidiscrimination laws. Senator Wong said: “As part of this project, the Government is also delivering on its commitment to introduce prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The Australian Sex Party is drafting a submission and has Christians in its sights. It is calling for people to come to them with stories of religious groups that have discriminated against them based on their sexuality and is asking people to comment on whether they think religions should be allowed to discriminate. They want to include these stories in their submission.

 For discussion paper: http://www.ag.gov.au/antidiscrimination

Submissions should be sent to the Attorney-General’s Department via email: antidiscrimination@ag.gov.au (preferred method), fax: 02 6141 4925 or mailed to:

Assistant Secretary
International Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Branch
Attorney-General’s Department
Robert Garran Offices
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600

The submissions will inform the development of exposure draft legislation, which will be released for further public consultation in early 2012. Submissions on the discussion paper can be made until 1 February 2012.

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Marriage Defence Campaign

The Labor Party has voted to change its policy to allow homosexual marriage at its national annual conference held in Sydney in early December 2011. Tony Abbott has said that the Liberal Party members will not be give a conscience vote and they will stick to their election commitment to not allow for homosexual marriage.

Abbott’s position is covered in the Australian or Here.

For Bill Muehlenberg’s position: http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2011/12/10/but-we-told-you-so/

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

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WA Prostitution

The WA Govt did not debate the Prostitution Bill in the final sitting week of parliament for 2011. The next opportunity it can be debated is Feb 21, 2012. The Bill will make prostitution, for the first time, legal in WA. The Labor Party has said it would oppose the bill while the Liberal Party members have been given a conscience vote.

View the Govt press release

Read the ACL response

 Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

As at 22 Nov 2011, 1188 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

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Tasmanian Surrogacy

The Tasmanian Legislative Council Committee has recommended on Dec 1 that the Surrogacy Bill 2011 be amended to \”better protect the interest of the child\” by making written surrogacy arrangements mandatory and including a medical and social need test. The Tasmanian Bill allows for homosexual partners (unlike in WA) to have a surrogant child and the committee did not recommend changing this in line with WA\’s laws. In her submission to the inquiry the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children Aileen Ashford urged the need to consider the interest of the child. She did not recommend that homosexual couples should be excluded from receiving surrogant children. View the press release.

See the Commissioner of Children\’s submission

View the report recommendations

Action: www.makeastand.org.au is urging Tasmanians to write to their local MP and write a letter to the editor. For more on the issue and to write a letter using the makeastand website through the Kids Rights Count campaign.

As at Dec 8, 2011, 8137 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to write to their local MP and to the Premier. They ask that people pray that Lara Giddings will be removed from the Tasmanian Parliament and that the majority of MPs will oppose her social agenda. For MP contact details: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/take-action/campaigns

 

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US International Propaganda

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established new criteria for anti-trafficking grants mandating that applicants offer full reproductive health services to victims, equating contraception and abortion with basic rights like food and shelter, according to C-Fam.

Click HERE for story.

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Chinese Film Clampdown

According to the Barnabas Fund, Chinese authorities have confiscated copies of a new documentary about overseas Chinese Christians and detained a chief representative of the company that produced and distributed them. Full report at the Barnabas Fund

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Vietnam violence

Leaders of the 2200-member Agape Baptist Church (ABC) — a house church network near Hanoi — were violently assaulted on Sunday 13 November, Compass Direct News reports. They were meeting in Lai Tao village, Bot Xuyen commune, My Duc district at the home of evangelist Nguyen Thi Lan, a former Communist Party (female) official who recently converted to Christianity. Unhappy about conversions in the village, the gang of over a dozen local people (including plain-clothed police) burst in beating the leaders while looting and ransacking the home. For more read the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin

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Religious Tolerance

On 12-14 December 2011 a meeting will be held in Washington, USA, to consider UNHRC Resolution 16/18. The resolution, proposed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is described by the Religious Liberty Monitoring to be more dangerous than Resolution 2005/3. The new resolution \’deliberately and strategically adopts the language of the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights which mandates that any advocacy of hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law. View details 

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Movie-Puss in Boots

From www.movieguide.org: “Overall, PUSS IN BOOTS has a strong moral worldview, with an aspect of redemption. For example, the movie condemns revenge and shows the importance of family. Eventually, Puss in Boots learns to do the right thing, but the sexual undertones are disconcerting and require caution for young children.” Full review

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