Federal Court Judges

The Federal Government has begun the search for two new High Court judges. The High Court will have two vacancies next year when justices William Gummow and Dyson Heydon step down. One source reports that Nicola Roxon, the Federal Attorney General, wants to open up the criteria to allow academics to be appointed!.  The source says that with the knowledge of what has happpened in the US, we should be prayerfully pro-active in respect of these quasi-political appointments!

For story click here.

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Abortion Injunction

Perthnow report that a Queensland Man failed to stop his pregnant ex girlfriend from having an abortion. The man had asked the Family Court of Australia to direct the 16-year-old girl to inform him when she went into labour and for him to be given full responsibility for the child once it was born. Click here for story.

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Sunday Trading debate

The Retail Trading Hours Amendment Bill 2012 has passed the Legislative Assembly on 29 March 2012. It will now go to the upper house. Both the Labor and Liberal Parties voted in favour of the bill which deregulates trading hours making it possible for all shops to open Sunday. Southern River MP Peter Abetz, who abstained from voting on the bill, said that while he had no more than three emails in favour of the Bill, he had received probably 100 or more emails and letters from people who are very strongly opposed to the extension of trading hours.

The Labor Party moved an amendment to the bill to include Easter Sunday, along side Christmas Day, ANZAC Day and Good Friday as restricted trading days. This amendment was lost as the Liberal Party voted against it.

Moving the amendment. Labor Leader Mark McGowan said “I think Easter Sunday should be treated in the same way as Christmas Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday.” “I do not really see how adding another day, which is part of that Easter break that people generally enjoy, could be considered a huge impediment. The other point I make is that Easter Sunday has particular significance to people of Christian faith in Western Australia.”

In opposition to the amendment Troy Buswell said:  “Different groups have different days of observance. I was interested to discover this year that the wharfies have Melbourne Cup Day off.” “Our view is that Easter Sunday, notwithstanding its significance from the point of view of religious observance, is not a day that should be deemed off limits in terms of shops that can and cannot open.”

After the amendment was lost Mark McGowan said: “I do not understand why some members of the Liberal Party who express regularly in this place such grave concern about a range of issues to do with their religion did not vote in accordance with their conviction.”

“But people need to understand, and religious groups around Western Australia need to understand, what has just happened in this Parliament. This was not put to the government in an aggressive way or with any desire to undermine the intent of the legislation. All it was was an attempt to include Easter Sunday, a day when families get together and religious ceremonies are observed, which is part of that extended Easter period that is so important to so many families. People around Western Australia should understand that many Liberal Party members and most of the National Party defeated that intent on the part of the opposition.

To read the debate on Hansard March 29, 2012 click here.

To read Peter Abetz’s comments on the Bill (Hansard March 22 from page 16) click here.

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A Christian Response to Abortion

The Association for Reformed Political Action is is hosting a presentation by Lyn Schoof, from Pregnancy Problem House in Albany. She will talk about the effect of abortion on women, men and society and will also talk about the setting up of the Pregnancy Problem House in Albany.  A collection will be held on the night to support the work carried out at the Albany Pregnancy Problem House.

The presentation will be at 7:45pm on Thursday, 10 May 2012 in the Southern River Free Reformed Church Building, Southern River Road.

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Marriage Rally

On April 24, 2012 @ 7pm a Rally to Preserve Life will be held at the Victory Life Centre, Cnr Neil St and Frobisher Rd, Osborne Park. Speaking will be Margaret Court and Bill Muehlenberg. For info contact wa@ncc.org.au

 

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2012 Tour Question Evolution

Christian Ministries is organising a national tour with Gary Bates and Dr Jonathan Sarfati, 26 April to 6 May 2012. Gary Bates is the CEO of Christian Ministries International (US) and CMI Worldwide.

They will be in Canning Vale, Livingston Seventh-day Adventist Church, 292 Nicholson Rd, 4pm, 5 May 2012 and at the Woodvale Baptist Church, 67 Woodvale Dr @6pm. for more details click here.

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Graham Power Breakfast

Graham Power, founder and chairman of the Power Group of Companies from South Africa is doing a talk on his business and his Christian witness. The breakfast will be held at The Rise, 28 Eighth Ave, Maylands, on 19 May 2012.@ 8.30am. Cost: $30. For info and to RSVP contact Peet Palm on 045 1168 343 or peetpalm@gmail.com

Info on the speaker and his business: http://www.powergrp.co.za/

 

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Global Day of Prayer

The Global Day of Prayer is to be held the Lord Willing on 27 May 2012. Organisers say the purpose is to seek God and exalt His Son for one reason, because He is worthy.

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked
ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
(2 Chronicles 7: 14)

For ideas and resources visit: http://www.globaldayofprayer.com/index.php

 

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Evening with Babette Francis

The Q Society of Australia is holding an evening in Perth with guest speaker Babette Francis on May 3, 7.30pm.

Babette, national and oversees coordinator of the Endeavour Forum, will talk about her personal experiences with Islam. The Deputy President of the Q Society, Debbie Robinson will discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign which is directed against Israel and the Jewish Community. Admission is free but prior registration is required. Please send your name and contact details to
wa@qsocaus.org or fax 02 8008 1529 no later than 29 April 2012. Seats are limited. Call 1300 361 200 to
find out more.
More on the Endevour Forum: www.endeavourforum.org.au

 

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Remembrance Walk and Rally for Life

The Remembrance Walk and Rally for Life will be held May 22, 2012. The Coalition for the Defence of Human Life and the Association for Reformed Political Action is encouraging people to attend this rally.

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