Tassie Homosexual Bill

The Tasmanian Lower House has become the first Australian parliament to pass a bill to legalise same-sex marriage. The bill was co-sponsored by Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim, passed by 13 votes to 11.

The Upper House will consider the bill next week.

 

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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that at the next sitting of the WA Upper House she will move that a Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) for “An Act to provide for marriage equality, including the authorisation of celebrants, the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998, and to provide for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997.” be introduced and read a first time. It is possible that it could be debated in late October or late November.

More details to follow in Gleanings.

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Tassie Prostitution

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that “Tasmania Police had missed an opportunity to promote long-lasting change for the community by backing the legalisation and regulation of the sex industry in its submission to the Justice Department consultation on prostitution.

“ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Queensland Police had adopted a similar approach prior to brothels being legalised in that state in 1999, but by any measure this approach had been a failure.

“Ninety-percent of prostitution remains unregulated in Queensland despite assurances that it would protect those involved in the trade,” Mr Brown said.” For full ACL story click here.

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Prostitution on WA/QLD Govt Agenda

The West Australian Govt has put its proposed leglisation of prostition legislation back on the agenda although it could run out of time to debate the legislation before the next state election to be held in March.

The Australian Christian Lobby’s spokesman on prostitution laws, Michelle Pearse said in the ACL August newsletter that WA Premier has broken his pledge to investigate the successful Nordic policy. “Instead of trying to force what is clearly ineffective policy through the Parliament, the government should send a delegation to Nordic countries and talk to their government and policy officials about the success of their model,” Mrs Pearse said.In related news, a QLD hotel was found to be in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act by denying a sex worker a room. The QLD Attorney General is investigating the ruling. The Australian Christian Lobby said the case showed their was a need for prostution reform as QLD has already legalised prostitution. ACL QLD director Wendy Francis said no other legitimate occupation includes the regular threat of sex slavery, violence, disease, organised crime and human trafficking. For more from ACL click here.

Action: FamilyVoice, the Association for Reformed Political Action and other groups are asking people to write to their local MP to explain their concerns with the legislation.

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US Christian Lobby Group shooting

Bill Muehlenberg, in his blog CultureWatch reports on a shooting in Washington DC, the US, by a pro-homosexual who shot a guard at a pro-family organisation. Bill says that the lack of reporting on the shooting shows the pro-homosexual bias of the media. He said if the story was turned around and someone with a Christian pro-marriage group shots someone from the homosexual community it would make front page news.

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Puberty in Health and Physical Education Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority has released the final shape paper which proposes a sequence of learning that covers a range of key concepts in Health and Physical Education across the years of schooling. These include:   healthy choices, movement skills and strategies, physical activity participation, relationships, growing and changing, personal identities and resilience.

The focus of learning in “growing and changing” will be on the ways that the body grows and changes as students get older.

The community will have opportunity to provide feedback when the draft curriculum is released for national consultation in early 2013.

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Youth Required

The Australian Youth Forum is seeking young people aged 15-24 to be part of the 2013 steering committee. They are looking for people who have a knack at connecting with young people. Applications should be in by Oct 8, 2012.

More information about the AYF Steering Committee, the Application Information Pack and the Application Form are available on the AYF website.

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Monthly National Prayer Day

The Australian Prayer Network is inviting Churches across Australia, to set aside one Sunday each month to include prayer for the nation in their services and midweek home and prayer groups. Each month we advise three prayer points which can be used as the basis for congregational or small group prayer as well as including them in Church bulletins for personal use in private devotions.

Here are this month’s prayer points:

*  Give thanks for the power of the Gospel to save

*  Give thanks for the many people from other nations who have found faith in Australia

*  Pray for an increasing unity of the spirit amongst all Christians living and serving in Australia

Source: Australian Prayer Network

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