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 fundamentally ignored the ethical and moral implications of legalising 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 May 2, 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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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Philippines Reformed Conference

On May 4, 2012 about 40 people, including pastors from across the Philippines attended the Conference on Apsects of Reformed Worship and God’s Sovereignty. The annual conference was organised by the Berean Protestant Reformed Church in Manila. Speakers Revs Daniel Kleyn and Richard Smit spoke about the sovereignty of God over evil, the practice of Infant Baptism, Family Worship and Reformed Worship.

To see conference material and listen to audio click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Indonesian World Prayer

About 6000 delegates took part in the World Prayer Assembly held in Indonesia last week. On May 17, 363 cities in Indonesia held city-wide prayer rallies simultaneously, while an estimated 100,000 gathered at the national stadium in Jakarta. The prayers called on a spiritual awakening in Indonesia. For more info: http://www.wpa2012.org/

 

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Lady Gaga Draws Filipino Fire

Catholic Bishops have led calls for the Government to cancel concerts by Lady Gaga in Manila this week saying that the singer’s lyrics are blasphemous. For story from Cathnews click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Lao Officials Confiscate Church Buildings

Lao officials have confiscated and sealed a church building in Savannakhet Province in southern Laos after holding a two-day seminar warning against religious belief, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).  Besides sealing the church building they also warned that other unrecognized churches would soon be shut down. Communist Party officials along with the deputy chief of police, and head of religious affairs, ordered all villages to attend the seminar entitled “Tricks of the Enemy.” According to villagers present at the seminar, the officials declared that Westerners, particularly those from the United States, were using the Christian faith to destabilize the government.

They then declared that the 745 Christians in the village could only meet in private homes.

Source: Australian Prayer Network.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Muslim Evangelism Info

Frontline Fellowship has produced a much expanded Muslim Evangelism Workshop MP3 Boxset which includes: Comparing the Quran with the Bible; Understanding the Challenge of Islam; Uprooting Terrorism; Slavery and Jihad in Sudan; Slavery – The Rest of the Story; Guidelines for Evangelising Muslims; Challenging Muslims; The Gospel and Abraham; The Challenge of Islam according to the Reformers; Women in Islam; The End of Islam; Reformation or Islamisation; Revival Amidst Persecution in Sudan; Understanding the Crusades; The Crusades and Jihad; The Great Siege of Malta; Dealing with Guilt Manipulation; Faith Under Fire in Sudan; What is Going on in the Middle East? and Muslim Evangelism.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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TV Stations Block Anti Pokies Ads

Mumbrella report that Australia’s major TV networks have refused to run an ad by anti-Christian activist group GetUp! that “attacks supermarket big boys Woolworths and Coles for, the ad claims, owning “more dangerous poker machines than the five largest Las Vegas casinos”.”

“A GetUp! spokesman told Mumbrella that Seven, Nine and Ten have said no to running the ad on their networks, but had not given reasons why.”

For full story and to see the Get Up advert click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Family Planning or Abortion Planning?

The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute has an article in its latest Friday Fax which investigates the truth behind words such as famiy planning and reproductive health, used by pro-abortionists. The article suggests that abortion is being pushed by UN agencies behind these seemingly innocent sounding words. For article click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Green’s New Euthanasia Stand?

In the latest newsletter of Exit International, Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke expresses concern with the change in leadership of the Australian Greens. Nitschke says that Exit has lost a ‘powerful friend and ally” with the retirement of Bob Brown. He says that new Greens Leader Christine Milne is no friend of the Voluntary Euthanasia issue. “Ms Milne was educated at St Mary’s College Hobart, is a practising Catholic and has previously been employed by the Church as an advisor on environmental issues.”

Nitschke goes on to say: “I am not anti-Church or anti-faith, but I am concerned with the increasing religiosity of our politicians and the way the Church is able to systematically infiltrate public policy in this country. We’ll await with interest the new Green’s leaders first parliamentary statement on this issue.”

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Kirby:Values shape Judges

The West Australian, May 16, 2012, pg11 “Mallard case troubles Kirby” reports on a speach made by retired High Court Judge Michael Kirby at a RMIT University lecture. Mr Kirby reportedly said “Judges sometimes don’t have a choice; the law is clear – that’s it.” “But very often, especially as you go up the hierarchy, judges are expected to deal with values and they do have a choice, therefore the values of the judges, wherever they are on the political spectrum, conservative or liberal, is a very important consideration.” Gleanings has previously reported that the Federal Govt is searching for two new High Court judges. For Gleanings story click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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