Sunday Trading

WA MLC Nick Goiran spoke in Parliament on 22 May 2012 against the WA Govt’s push to deregulate retail trading hours. He called on the Labor Party to reintroduce a motion, which it had put forward in the lower house, into the upper house. The amendment motion had called to exempt Easter Sunday as a trading day, alongside Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day. He said the Govt should respect the 2005 referendum where the majority of Western Australians rejected Sunday Trading. For full speach click here. Mr Goiran will continue his speech in Parliament in the coming days and Gleanings will keep you informed of when this occurs.

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Abortion Counsellors

Abortion Grief Australia will be training men and women as phone counsellors for its 2 national crisis lines. Two hours once a fortnight, seven sessions. Approximately half of the calls are abortion grief and half pregnancy crisis. Volunteers need to be mature, compassionate, good listeners with a desire to learn. For more details contact Julie: http://www.abortiongrief.asn.au/contact-us.php
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Youth Suicide Project

Focus on the Family is raising money for their Go the Extra Mile Youth Suicide Project. They hope to raise $120,000. For more info and to donate click here.

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Curriculum for Comment

The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship is released for consultation until Aug 10, 2012. As proposed in the draft paper, students will learn about the importance as well as nature of our Parliamentary democracy, the rule of law, our diverse civic and political institutions, and the various ways in which members of society can participate and contribute.

To view draft paper click here.

For questions regarding the draft Shape paper, contact ACARA at info@acara.edu.au.

 

 
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RTR FM Job

Perth’s RTRFM is seeking a dynamic, motivated and experienced leader to take RTRFM to the next level of excellence in community broadcasting. Applications close June 15.

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Lady Gaga tours Australia

In the last issue of Gleanings (May 22) it was reported that Filipino Catholic Bishops had called on their Govt to cancel concerts in the country by Lady Gaga.  Similar calls, by the Islamic community, to cancel her Indonesian concert were made. It was reported that Indonesian police refused to issue her with a permit to perform in Jakarta. For more on the Indonesian cancellation from Metro News Canada click here.   

Lady Gaga is now touring Australia where thus far no public calls have been made by Christians for the cancellation of her concerts.  She is in Perth July 7-8, 2012.

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National Children Plan

The Nest, a project facilitated by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, is developing a national plan for children and young people. It will propose actions to support children. A series of consultations are planned ahead of a draft plan to be released in October before a National Summit on 23 Nov 2012.

Action: Youth and older people can take part in the online survey to shape the national plan. To undertake the NEST survey click here.
For details: http://www.thenestproject.org.au/

 

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Abortion Campaign

About 750 people attended the Remembrance Walk and Rally for Life in Perth on May 22, 2012 which was organised by the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life. The 11 politicians that attended urged people to continue to praying for an end to abortion. Southern River MLA Peter Abetz said the womb had become the most dangerous place for young children to be. The West Australian’s Natasha Boddy wrote about the event.

Those MPs that attended the rally are:

• Nick Goiran MLC
• Michelle Roberts MLA
• Peter Abetz MLA
• Margaret Quirk MLA
• Graham Jacobs MLA
• Bill Johnson MLA
• Helen Bullock MLC
• Tony Krsticevic MLA
• Phil Edman MLC
• Jim Chown MLC
• Alyssa Haydon MLC

Apologies received:
• Kate Doust MLC,
• Ed Dermer MLC,
• Tom Stephens MLA,
• Helen Morton MLC,
• Donna Faragher MLC,
• Vince Catania MLA,
• Liz Behjat MLC
• Ken Wyatt MHR.

Action: As part of its annual May-June 2012 abortion theme, the Association for Reformed Political Action is asking people to thank the MPs that attended the rally, encouraging them to continue campaigning against the current abortion laws.

Action: the Association for Reformed Political Action is asking people to host a letter writing evening. For info email apra@frca.org.au

Meanwhile, Nick Goiran MLC, on May 23, 2012 Hansard page 3032-3044, spoke in Parliament for the need for an inquiry into the 14 live births of children that were aborted.   Following last year’s rally around 5000 signatures were collected which called for the inquiry. Following an investigation by the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs, the committee decided to reject the petitioners call for an inquiry. Sitting on the committee is the Hon. Brian Ellis, Kate Doust, Phil Edman, Col Holt and Lynn MacLaren.

However, Goiran said in his speach to parliament that it is concerning to everyone if children that are born alive are not saved. In 2011 there were 47 induced abortions carried out at 20 weeks or more in WA. To view the Health Minister Dr Kim Hames’ response to the inquiry call, which he sent to the committee click here.

The Environment and Public Affairs Committee is now considering a petition presented by the Association for Reformed Political Action which called for an inquiry into the social and ethical impact that as resulted from the legalisation of abortion in 1998. The committee can be contacted at: mwarner@parliament.wa.gov.au or 92227410 or by post to GPO Box A11, Perth WA 6837.

The ARPA petition and its submission can be viewed here. (petition number 153). see also the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life petition No. 127)

Action: FamilyVoice is urging people to write to their local members in the upper and lower house, calling for an inquiry into the 14 live births of aborted children. Christian leaders say that it is necessary for MPs to hear, in the lead up to an election, that no Western Australian should be left to die without medical treatment.

To read real stories from real woman regarding their abortion experience see the websites below:

4teenz.com.au

teenbreaks.com

standupgirl.com

bravefoundation.org.au

notbornyet.com

lovematters.com 

youroptions.com

 

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ACL Tassie Conference

On 23 June 2012 the Australian Christian Lobby will be holding a State conference in Tasmania with the theme “Called to Courage”. The keynote speaker is Mal Fletcher, founder of London-based think tank 2020Plus. Also speaking is ACL managing director Jim Wallace, Liberal Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson, Labor Tasmania Senator Helen Polley and ACL Tasmanian director Mark Brown. It will be held at 1 Waterfront Dve, Riverside, Launceston from 9.30am-4pm. For details and to register click here.

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Global Leadership Summit

The annual Global Leadership Summit, organised by WillowCreek, will be held across Australia in Oct 2012. Speakers include former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Bill Hybels, Jim Collins and Marc Kielburger. It will be held in Perth 26-27 Oct 2012, in Launceston, 19-20 Oct 2012. For full venue details and information on the speakers click here.

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