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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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 8 Mar 2013
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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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POSTED 8 Feb 2013
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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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POSTED 19 Jan 2013
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GEMS meeting

On May 22, 7.15pm the Godly Encouragement for Mums (GEMS) is hosting a talk by the State Team Leader of Growing Families WA, Norma Troiani. The topic is: Are you the One? She will be taking a look at who is influencing your children. For more info contact Audrey vd Berg on 0437 886 973. The talk will be held at 40 Meneguz Drive, Tapping.

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POSTED 22 May 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-Jack and Jill

From movieguide.org: “The biggest and best aspect of the movie for Christians and families is that it places a high and unmistakable value on the power of families and sibling bonding, while also criticizing dishonesty and meanness, and mocking atheism. There are, however, passing gas jokes, slapstick comedy, cross-dressing and more than a few light profanities. So, caution is recommended.” For full review: http://www.movieguide.org/reviews/movie/jack-and-jill.html

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Homeless Services

In 2010-11, an estimated 230,500 people (equivalent to 1 in 97 Australians) used specialist homelessness services. Young people, families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continued to be significant users of services. The most common reasons why people sought support were interpersonal relationship issues (such as domestic or family violence), according to the new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report \’Government-funded specialist homeless services.\’

See the report, or the WA report, or the Tasmanian report.

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Same Sex Passports

Saltshakers reports in their November 2011 journal that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) is considering altering the passport application form for children. The proposal is to include an option to select the terms ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ – this would be added alongside the current terms ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’. Saltshakers says: “this follows a similar decision by the British government, which takes effect next month. The USA government went even further in December 2010 – totally removing the words ‘Mother and ‘Father’. They now only have ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’!”

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write to PM Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd and their federal MP and State Senators asking them to reject this DFAT proposal. Send letters to Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600.

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Homosexual Family?

An Australian homosexual ‘couple’ have become parents to two sets of male twins, after bringing for babies home from India after using the surrogacy process. Melbourne family psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack said the biggest issue is having four babies not that the dads are homosexual. For story: http://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/australian-gay-couple-hit-family-jackpot/story-e6frg3pl-1226182201559

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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