Marriage Bills

Last Chance: The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people”

The closing date for public responses is 5PM EST 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. Send comments to The Secretary of the Committee on 02 6277 4969 or email SPLAmarriagebills@aph.gov.au

Action: the Committee and the Australian Marriage Forum is asking people to take an online survey on their views of the amendment to the Marriage Act. To undertake survey: https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

As at April 19 almost 58% were in favour of changing the definition of marriage.

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to inform their local Federal MP and the leader of the Liberal and Labor parties of the recent European Court decision

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The Submissions period closed 2 April 2012 and the reporting date for the inquiry is 6 June 2012. The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

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

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 19 April 2012 24,740 had used this service.

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Tasmanian Surrogacy

The Tasmanian Surrogacy Bill has stalled in Parliament. The Australian Christian Lobby is urging upperhouse members to reject the bill. ACL Tasmanian director Mark Brown said that since the draft bill was introduced, it had fundementally ignored the ethical and moral implications of legalsing surrogacy.

For ACL report click here.

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 April 20, 2012, 10,856 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

Action: the ACL is urging people to contact the Mercury, Examiner and The Advocate with their view points.

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Canadian Abortion Rally

The March for Life 2012 and Reformed Prayer Service is being held in Ottawa, Canada, May 10. Every year, thousands of people gather on Parliament Hill to protest the decriminalisation of abortion in Canada at the National March for Life.

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “But we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? Proverbs 24:11-12

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Bunbury ABC presenter reinstated

An ABC presenter stood down because she did the voice over to a anti homosexual ‘marriage’ ad has been reinstated.

Casual presenter Suzanne McGill was taken off air when it was revealed she was the voice behind a Katter’s Australia Party ad opposing gay marriage.

The ABC stood down Ms McGill pending an investigation and said she had not sought permission for external voice-over work.

Yesterday, an ABC spokeswoman said Ms McGill had been counselled regarding workplace policies and was allowed to go back on air. Source: The West Australian

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Q and A Christian v Atheism

Panelists and viewers on last weeks Q and A were making a mockery of Christianity following the discussion between atheist Richard Dawkins and the most senior Catholic Church man in Australia, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell the previous week. Pell made many confusing comments not based on Scripture and denying scripture passages such as the story of Adam and Eve.

To read the transcript or watch the debate click here.

 

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Mental Health Rep

The Mental Health Commission of the WA Govt is seeking State representative son the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum to help with the development of mental health policy and sector development in Australia. Applications close APril 30, 2012. Form more visit www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au, email contactus@mentalhealth.wa.gov.au or call 6272 1200.

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Parent Volunteers

The Department of Health in WA is seeking parent volunteers who have experience with a son or daughter that is using alcohol or drugs.

The volunteers will provie telephone or face to face support to parents either at the Perth Drug Court or at parent peer support groups. for info contact the Parent Drug Information Service on 9442 5050.

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Curriculum Youth Say

The Federal Govt’s Australian Youth Forum is asking youth to give their views on what they think should be included in the New Australian School Curriculum. The  feedback will be consolidated into a formal AYF response to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s consultation. Topics close on 22 May 2012.

Submitting your ideas to ayf@deewr.gov.au, or on www.facebook.com/AustralianYouthForum

Surveys: Technologies: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Technologies
Health and Physical Education: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HealthPE

Join discussion group: www.youth.gov.au/ayf

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Job-ABC and SBS Board

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, is calling for expressions of interest from individuals who have the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to contribute as non-executive directors on the boards of the ABC and SBS.

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Job-School Chaplains

Youth Care reports that due to the new funding that is being provided by the Federal government, a large number of positions have become available across the state including at the Armadale Senior High School, Westfield Park Primary School, Albany Primary School, and Newton Moore Education Support Centre in Bunbury. For details click here.

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