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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Engaging Young People in Aged Care Boards

A State Government funded young leaders program has been made available to train and encourage young people to take up positions on aged care boards. This program is hosted in partnership with three aged care organisations – Southcare, Mercycare and Baptistcare.  It is a pioneering program to encourage and support more young people to consider aged care Boards as an option for volunteering in their community. It is open to young people aged 18 – 35 years old.  The program runs from February – June 2013 with weekly workshops (after work hours) plus a weekend retreat.  You must commit to attending all sessions.

An information session is planned for Nov 24. For details and to rsvp click here. 

 

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Australian Christians State Council nominations

Australian Christians is seeking nominations for State Council to fill two vacancies. In addition, the terms for existing Council members, Dwight Randall, Lachlan Dunjey and Ray Dallin has expired. All are available for re-election.

To nominate (by Nov 30) or for more information email garyk@australianchristians.com.au or call (08) 6161 2913.

  

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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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. To sign petition click here.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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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.

 

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that 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 will not be debated until after the state election in March 2013.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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FamilyVoice homosexual survey

Pro-life and pro-family organisation FamilyVoice is asking people to complete a survey on their views on how many homosexuals there are in Australia. To complete the survey click here. The survey is a useful way to learn the truth around the homosexual debate. 

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Community Broadcasting General Manager

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is seeking an experienced, energetic and inspiring General Manager to take the organisation into its next stage of development.

The CBAA is the national peak body for community radio licensees. Applications close 22 Oct 2012. The full job description is available here.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Tassie Same Sex Marriage Bill defeated

The Tasmanian Upper House has voted against a same-sex marriage bill.  The Lower House had 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.

 

 

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that 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 will not be debated until after the state election in March 2013.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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