ARPA WA Abortion Petition Fails

A petition that was tabled in the State Parliament early this year has been rejected by the investigating parliamentary committee. The Environment and Public Affairs Committee, of the State Parliament, rejected the petition’s call for an inquiry into abortions carried out in WA. The petition, signed by almost 800 people was the subject of the committee inquiry.

The committee consists of Lynn MacLaren MLC, Colin Holt MLC, Brian Ellis MLC, Kate Doust MLC and Phil Edman MLC. The committee’s contact details are:

GPO Box A11, Perth WA 6837

To read the petition, the submission by the tabling member of parliament, Nick Goiran, the submission by the lead petitioner, Warnar Spyker and the response by the Health Minister, Kim Hames click here and scroll down to petition No. 153. For a related petition, scroll down to petition 127 (A request to inquire into Late Term Abortions).

The contact details for the Health Minister Kim Hames are:

kim.hames@mp.wa.gov.au, (08) 6552 5300, PO Box 5551 Falcon WA 6210.

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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Declaration of HOPE

HOPE , the national no to euthanasia organisation led by Paul Russell is asking people to sign up to the Declaration of Hope. The declaration is a statement to all parliamentarians across Australia that you do not accept nor want euthanasia and assisted suicide enabling laws.  The declaration comes as the Sunday Times, The West Australian and Community Newspaper Group pick up their pro-euthanasia campaign and comes ahead of legislation before various parliaments across Australia.

Action: HOPE asks people to visit the new website and sign the declaration. http://www.declare.noeuthanasia.org.au/

Action: HOPE asks people to encourage others to sign it via facebook or email. 

Action: join the HOPE Network at noeuthanasia.org.au or follow blog.noeuthanasia.org.au

 

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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Tasmania Anti-Discrimination Bill

Saltshakers reports in its Dec 2012 Journal that “The Tasmanian government is planning more anti-discrimination laws. The Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2012 will add new attributes of ‘gender identity’ and ‘intersex’. The prohibition of conduct that “offends, humiliates, intimidates, insults or ridicules” will be extended to all 20 attributes (instead of the current 7).

 ”Religious schools will have to apply for an exemption if they wish to decide who can enrol by reference to the parents’ faith -exemptions can only be applied for if there are more children than places available.”

Debate on the Bill started in mid-November.

Action: Saltshakers asks people in Tasmania to please contact their MPs.

 

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Female Genocide Petition

Collective Shout is encouraging people to sign a petition that calls for the end of female gendercide in India. It is estimated that 50 million girls have been aborted or killed at birth in India over the past 3 generations. 

Collective Shout has also hosted in Sydney the documentary film “Its a girl”. To watch the film trailer and for more information from Collective Shout click here.

Action: Collective Shout ask people to sign the petition which is addressed to the Government of India, The OHCHR, UNICEF, The UNIFEM, The UNFPA, CEDAW, The EU and The G8. So far 118,784 have signed. The target is 500,000.

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Sexualisation of Children

An investigation into the sexualisation of young children is underway in WA after the State Parliament ordered the Children’s commissioner to tackle the emerging problem, reported the West Australian on 27 Oct 2012. (Watchdog to toughen protection for Kids, by Daniel Emerson). Laws governing billboards, the use of minors in advertising will be scrutinised. Ms Scott has to report in January to the Parliamentary Committee with recommendations. She will be focusing on the Criminal Code. 

 In March 2012 the Hon Nick Goiran, who has been advocating for an inquiry, moved a motion on the sexualisation of children in the legislative council. For the West Australian story click here.

Meanwhile the Australian Christian Lobby has launched a renewed national campaign to make outdoor advertising G rated.  ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis said “we must protect our children from forming unhealthy attitudes toward women and sex.”

The ACL also reports on a speech by Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley on the importance of addressing the sexualisation of children through highly sexualised advertising.

 

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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has introduced her Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) into the parliament. To read her comments from Hansard click here.  Nick Goiran made a point of order on the legality of the Bill arguing that it could contravene section 109 of the Australian Constitution which gives the Federal Govt the power to legislate on marriage.  

For Nick Goiran’s comments from Hansard click here. The Upper House President, Barry House, rejected the point of order, saying it was up to the courts to decide on the legality of bills. 

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Christian Aged Care providers target of new Anti Discrimination Bill

The exposure draft of a national Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill was released Nov 20, 2012 and follows on from public consultation into a discussion paper on the anti discrimination bill.

According to a press release from Australian Attorney General Nicola Roxon and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Penny Wong, the bill includes religious exemptions as under the current scheme, except in relation to aged care whereby Commonwealth funded aged care providers will no longer be permitted to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. “This change is consistent with the introduction of protection against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination and in recognition that aged care services become a person’s home,” the press release states.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the release of the exposure draft of a national Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill. Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs  said in a press release that she particularly welcomed the inclusion of protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Australian Attorney General Nicola Roxon said the project fullfilled a Labor election committment to introduce “sexual orientation and gender identity as protected grounds of discrimination, heralding a significant and overdue reform in this area”

For AHRC press release click here.

For Penny Wong and Nicola Roxon press release click here.

The Bill is now the subject of a Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry allowing community feedback before it is introduced into Parliament,

To read the Bill, to read earlier submissions on a discussion paper and for ways to let your views known  click here. 

For further information about this project, please contact the department viaantidiscrimination@ag.gov.au or 02 6141 3424.

The Association for Reformed Political Action, FamilyVoice and other groups had written submissions on a discussion paper that came prior to the bill being formulated.

For more details about the Bill, the dangers of it and ways that you can get involved visit the Saltshakers webpage on it here. Submissions are due 21 December 2012.

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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US Abortion figures down but still high

Abortions in the US fell 5% in 2009 according to the Abortion Surveillance Report released Nov 21 by US Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 784,507 abortions in the US although not all states report abortion statistics. For example, California has an estimated 200,000 abortions a year but does not report. The abortion rate was 15.1 abortions per 1000 woman aged 15-44 and the abortion ratio was 227 abortions to 1000 live births. In 1990 there were 1.6m abortions in the US. By comparison, the Netherlands, with one of the lowest abortion rates in the Western World had 8.7 abortions per 1000 woman (30,984  abortions in 2010) and the abortion rate was 167.6 abortions to 1000 live births (2010 figures). In Australia, it is estimated by Family Planning Queensland, that there are more abortions than live births.

For US report click here.

For analysis by CitizenLink, a Focus on the Family Affiliate on the US report click here.

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Kenya and Tanzania Church attacks

The Barnabas Fund reports that the church in Kenya and Tanzania is under mounting threat from radical Islamist groups that are carrying out attacks with growing frequency and ferocity in a bid to wipe out Christianity from Africa’s east coast. For full story click here.

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Aboriginals in the Juvenile Justice System

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a report on Nov 21 on the number of young Indigenous people in the justice system. The report says that 39% of those in the juvenile justice system were Indigenous on an average 2010-11 day, even though  they make up only about 5% of young Australians. For full report click here. 

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