World Congress of Families in Australia

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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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Anti Discrimination Laws

The Australian Senate has referred the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 for inquiry and report. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is inquirying into extending the protection from discrimination to the new grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. The bill also seeks to provide discrimination protection for same-sex de facto couples. 

Action: Saltshakers asks people to make a submission to the inquiry. The submission period closes 26 April 2013. The committee will make its report on 17 June 2013. For info on how to make a submission and on the inquiry visit here. 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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DLP Moves to Remove Abortion Medicare Funding

The Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has introduced a bill, The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013, regarding the payment of Medicare benefits in cases where a women has an abortion based on what sex her expected child is. 
The Bill would stop payments for abortions done for that reason. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry.

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged the parties to allow the bill to be debated.

See story published in the Sydney Morning Herald “Senator pushes to remove funding for abortions” by Lenore Taylor, Feb 27.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write a submission to the inquiry. For details on the inquiry and ways to make a submission click here. The submission deadline is 24 April 2013, The inquiry will report on 25 June 2013.

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Fathering Event: Raising Girls in the 21st Century

On 4 April 2013, Steve Biddulp will be speak on Raising Girls in the 21st Century. The talk is hosted by the Fathering Project. It will be held at the Octagon Theatre, UWA starting 7.30pm. Tickets are $30. For more details and to purchase tickets click here.

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Australian Christians Boothworkers

In the lead up to the Federal Election Australian Christians is seeking the names of volunteers to help on election day.

Action: Australian Christians asks people to register for booth work at the next election to be held 14 September 2013. To register click here.

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Dear Readers,

The battle front continues to be in Tasmania this month. See submissions/petitions for ways to get involved. I am informed that you do not need to live in Tasmania to let your views be known on the proposed laws. On what is occurring in Tasmania the Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton had this to say in the latest ACL enews: “With less than 12 months to the next election, the Labor-Green Government there seems bent on deconstructing the pillars of civil society.”

“This is particularly as it relates to our most vulnerable – children. Today a bill was introduced by the Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne to allow same-sex couples access to what is known as stranger adoption. Please pass on this newsletter to anyone you know in Tasmania and encourage them to be vocal. History shows that inaction by many Christians in the past has meant that Western Australia as well as other states now have very liberal abortion laws. This need not be the case if the opposition is strong enough. Such Govt actions gives us an opportune time to provide a positive contribution to public debate.”

Please continue to uphold our Governments prayer.

Gary

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Tassie Euthanasia Push

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, in association with Greens leader, Nick McKim, launched a Euthanasia Discussion paper on 4 Feb 2013. Despite strong opposition in the Parliament, the premier says she will push ahead with plans to legalise euthanasia. 

On March 25 2013 the ABC reported that the Premier stands by euthanasia push.

The public submission period closed March 15, 2013. 

For Paper click here.

For short companion paper click here.

For article on the Discussion paper published in the Australian click here.

For response from the Australian Christian Lobby click here. 

See info from Saltshakers.

Action: Makeastand.org.au asks people to write a letter to their MP on the issue. The website includes details on what to write and to whom. As of 26 March 2013, 1405 people had used this service to write letters to their MP. 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Cabinet meets in Thornlie

The Prime Minister and her cabinet will be meeting at a public forum on Wed 27 March from 6-7pm. The forum is open to anyone who wants to attend, not just residents of Thornlie. The forum gives people the opportunity to ask questions of the cabinet that are on their mind. 

The City of Gosnells is encouraging people to attend. To register and for more information visit here

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Tassie Euthanasia Push

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, in association with Greens leader, Nick McKim, has launched a Euthanasia Discussion paper on 4 Feb 2013. 

Action: Saltshakers asks that people make a submission on the paper. Submissions are due March 15, 2013. 

For Paper click here.

For short companion paper click here.

For article on the Discussion paper published in the Australian click here.

For response from the Australian Christian Lobby click here. 

See info from Saltshakers.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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Tassie Abortion Push

The Tasmanian Govt is proposing to legalise abortion in Tasmania and remove criminal sanctions for woman and doctors. According to the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services website, the current laws are “out of step with advances in safe medical practices and community expectations.”

The website says the Department wants to ensure that the law is “not a barrier to vital reproductive health services and to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian women.”

See media reports from the Examiner and ABC

Action: FamilyVoice Australia and Saltshakers is asking people in Tasmania to let their views known. The Department of of Health and Human Services is inviting comments to the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill setting out a revised legal framework. An information paper is also available.

For hard copies of these documents, or assistance in making a submission, contact 1800 671 738.

Comments to the draft Bill must be in writing and emailed to 

public.health@dhhs.tas.gov.au or posted to Population Health Equity, GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001.

All responses must be received by 5:00pm Friday 22 March 2013.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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