Draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill

The Exposure Draft of Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 is being reviewed by the Federal Parliament’s Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. Submissions to the inquiry closed 21 Dec 2012 and a inquiry report is due on 18 Feb 2013.

For a media report on the Bill click here. 

For more on the inquiry, to read submissions click here.

The Attorney General Nicola Roxon, who is promoting the draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination bill, wrote in an article published in the Australian, (10 Jan 2013) that new grounds of protection are proposed for sexuality. This is in addition to grounds based on age, sex, disability and race.

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Declaration of HOPE in Canada

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has launched the Declaration of HOPE to convince Canadian Political leaders that people want positive responses to difficult life conditions, not euthanasia or assisted suicide. To sign the Declaration of HOPE click here.

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Euthanasia for children and dementia patients in Belgium

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition warns in its Jan 2013 Newsletter that a group of legislators in Belgium announced their intention to widen access to euthanasia. They will seek to extend euthanasia to children and to people with dementia or Alzheimers. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is organising a meeting on Feb 18/19 in Europe to establish EPC in Europe.

Also in Belgium, on Dec 14, 2012 identical twins who were born deaf died by euthanasia at the Belgium University Hospital in Jette, even though they were not sick, they were not yet blind, and they had lived a productive life together. They died by lethal injection. For response by the EPC click here.

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Persecution 2013 WatchList

Open Doors has released its annual list of the top countries were pesecutions occur. Topping the list, for the 11th year in a row is North Korea,. Five new countries, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Niger entered the list for the first time. The report says there are an estimated 100 million Christians that are being persecuted.  Egypt was 25th on the list, just below Tanzanzia. Vietnam was 21st on the list. The countries that took part in the “Arab Spring” have seen an rise in persecution as a result of the rise in Islamism. For full list details click here.

Action: Opendoors asks that people pray for those countries in the 2013 World Watch list. Pray for the Christians living in these places. Pray for the leadership of these nations, pray that God will continue to strengthen His church in these countries.

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ARPA Christian Political Engagement Breakfast

With the State Election coming up in March 2013, the Association for Reformed Political Action has organised a breakfast on Christian political engagement: practical tips and pitfalls. It will be held 8.30-10.30am, 2 Feb 2013 at ‘the Gong’, Free Reformed Church of Armadale.

Guest Speakers:

Gary Kleyn (WA Director, Australian Christians – formally the Christian Democratic Party),

Rhys Vallance (WA Director, Australian Christian Lobby),

Peter Abetz MLA (Member for Southern River) and

Hon. Nick Goiran MLC (Member for the South Metropolitan Region).

RSVP to Emma Bax (0408 478 889 or emma.bax@iinet.net.au)

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Abbott’s Abortion Views

Federal opposition leader Tony Abbott announced in December that he supports in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and never sought to restrict abortions as health minister. In an article in News Limited Newspapers, including the Sunday Times, Mr Abbott said he never had sought to restrict the morning-after-pill or sought to prevent the importation of RU486-the abortion drug. He said abortion should be legal and safe. 

Read the article on Abbott’s comments in The Record (IVF and abortion to stay under Abbott, 14 Jan 2013)

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Christian Business Men’s Breakfast with Family First

The North Metro Family First candidate and executive chairman of Refresh Group, Henry Heng, is speaking to the Full Gospel Business Men\’s Fellowship International on 23 Feb 2012. It will be held at the Overflow Cafe, 100 Lake St, Northbridge from 7.45am. RSVP by Thurs 21 Feb by email fgbmfi.perthsouth@gmail.com or ring Michael Munro 0451 377 882.

For more details on the breakfast click here.

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David Lowe to speak at Christian Business Men’s breakfast

The WA State Officer of FamilyVoice Australia, David Lowe, is the guest at the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International. He will speak on 16 March 2013, 7.45am at the Well Cafe, 45 Berkshire St, Forrestfield. RSVP by email fgbmfi.perthsouth@gmail.com or ring Michael Munro 0451 377 882

More details: http://www.fgbmfiwa.com/

 

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World Congress of Families

The World Congress of Families is to be held in Sydney, 15-18 May 2013. For details visit: http://wcfsydney2013.org.au/

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Australian Religious Stats

The latest religious statistics have been released in a publication called “Australia’s Religious Communities – Facts and Figures.” Based on the 2011 census figures, it was produced by the Christian Research Association and written by Philip Hughes, Margaret Fraser and Stephen Reid.  It shows that between 2001 and 2011, 1.8 million migrants, 750,000 of whom where Christian, came to Australia. Around 161,000 migrants during this period where Hindus, 147,000 Muslim. The number of Reformed and Presbyterian fell from 650,000 to 599,000 during the period. The number in the United Church fell 155,000 to around 1m people. Of those that counted themselves Baptist, 63% were involved in church life monthly or more often. 20% of those that counted themselves Reformed or Presbyterian were involved in church life at least monthly. 

To download a copy of the e-book click here.  It was

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