Shops to Boycott

Collective Shout has come up with the 2012 list of shops to boycott when doing Christmas shopping this year.

The companies listed are: City Beach Australia, Diva, Lynx, Dove, Mossimo, General Pants Co., The Buddy Ball, The AFL, Lovable, Typo, Roger David, Supre, Adairs, Priceline, BrasNthings, American Apparel. For more on why Collective Shout believes these shops should be boycotted and ways to let your voice be heard click here.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Southern River Fine Food and Craft Market

On 24 Nov 2012 the Free Reformed Church of Southern River is hosting the Fine Food and Craft Christmas Market. 8am-1pm, Southern River Road, Southern River. Money raised will go toward Pregnancy Problem House. For details email ffcsr.markets@gmail.com

For details see their facebook page here. 

or the Free Reformed Church of Southern River website.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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TED-Movie

Review from Movieguide.org

Ted: TED is unacceptable, abhorrent viewing for any audience. Very strong pagan hedonistic behavior, and a brief politically correct subplot promoting homosexuality, plus a couple positive references to Christmas, including brief talk about a “Christmas miracle” and Christmas tree has an angel on top and stupid-sounding man on TV exclaims, “Look what Jesus did! Look what Jesus did! Look what Jesus did!”; at least 124 obscenities (mostly “f” and “s” words), 19 or 20 strong profanities, 19 light profanities, and one obscene gesture.” For full review click here.

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Sunday Trading

WA MLC Nick Goiran spoke in Parliament on 22 May 2012 against the WA Govt’s push to deregulate retail trading hours. He called on the Labor Party to reintroduce a motion, which it had put forward in the lower house, into the upper house. The amendment motion had called to exempt Easter Sunday as a trading day, alongside Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day. He said the Govt should respect the 2005 referendum where the majority of Western Australians rejected Sunday Trading. For full speach click here. Mr Goiran will continue his speech in Parliament in the coming days and Gleanings will keep you informed of when this occurs.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Sunday Trading debate

The Retail Trading Hours Amendment Bill 2012 has passed the Legislative Assembly on 29 March 2012. It will now go to the upper house. Both the Labor and Liberal Parties voted in favour of the bill which deregulates trading hours making it possible for all shops to open Sunday. Southern River MP Peter Abetz, who abstained from voting on the bill, said that while he had no more than three emails in favour of the Bill, he had received probably 100 or more emails and letters from people who are very strongly opposed to the extension of trading hours.

The Labor Party moved an amendment to the bill to include Easter Sunday, along side Christmas Day, ANZAC Day and Good Friday as restricted trading days. This amendment was lost as the Liberal Party voted against it.

Moving the amendment. Labor Leader Mark McGowan said “I think Easter Sunday should be treated in the same way as Christmas Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday.” “I do not really see how adding another day, which is part of that Easter break that people generally enjoy, could be considered a huge impediment. The other point I make is that Easter Sunday has particular significance to people of Christian faith in Western Australia.”

In opposition to the amendment Troy Buswell said:  “Different groups have different days of observance. I was interested to discover this year that the wharfies have Melbourne Cup Day off.” “Our view is that Easter Sunday, notwithstanding its significance from the point of view of religious observance, is not a day that should be deemed off limits in terms of shops that can and cannot open.”

After the amendment was lost Mark McGowan said: “I do not understand why some members of the Liberal Party who express regularly in this place such grave concern about a range of issues to do with their religion did not vote in accordance with their conviction.”

“But people need to understand, and religious groups around Western Australia need to understand, what has just happened in this Parliament. This was not put to the government in an aggressive way or with any desire to undermine the intent of the legislation. All it was was an attempt to include Easter Sunday, a day when families get together and religious ceremonies are observed, which is part of that extended Easter period that is so important to so many families. People around Western Australia should understand that many Liberal Party members and most of the National Party defeated that intent on the part of the opposition.

To read the debate on Hansard March 29, 2012 click here.

To read Peter Abetz’s comments on the Bill (Hansard March 22 from page 16) click here.

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POSTED 20 Apr 2012
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Movie-Arthur Christmas

 From www.movieguide.org: “it has some heartwarming scenes of a family learning to stick together. It also has many funny, adorable, and playful moments. Caution is advised, however, due to an emphasis on believing the “magic” of Christmas, with no clear reference to the real reason for Christmas – Jesus Christ. That said, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS does have references to Christmas carols and to church. ” View the full review

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Mission Australia Christmas Lunch

Mission Australia is organising its 36th free Christmas lunch in the park on 25 December from 11.30am to 2.30pm. The lunch is designed for the homeless and those doing it tough. To make a donation and for more info: http://www.missionpromotion.com/clip/

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Write a Song

The Australian Christian Lobby reports Jan 27, 2011 that the Australian Songwriters Association wants to hear new songs about Christmas from young new musicians. The ACL said it gives Christians an opportunity to promote the real meaning of Christmas.

For ACL story: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/01/write-a-song-for-next-christmas/

For info on the competition: http://www.asai.org.au/

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POSTED 31 Jan 2011
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