Canadians Rally to End Female Gendercide.

Thousands of Canadians took part in the annual March for Life on May 9 2013. The theme of the March was female gendercide, the practice occurring in Canada and Australia where girls are aborted because of societal preference for boys. According to WeNeedaLaw.ca about 20,000 people gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Another 2000 attended the March in Victoria. Member of Parliament, Lawrence Toet told the crowds of pre-born human rights activists of the need to support grassroots movements, mentioning WeNeedaLAW.ca in particular. 

WeNeedaLAW.ca director, Mike Schouten said, “This is a global problem which needs to be addressed in Canada as well. It was great to see so many people taking a stand today!” For press release click here.  To watch Mike Schouten speech click here.

See Submissions/petitions to see related item on the Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan Bill. The Bill, the Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013  seeks to remove Medicare funding for gender-selective abortion.

See events for Perth Rally for Life details.

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POSTED 21 May 2013
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Mardi Gras cause to Celebrate: Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission President, Gillian Triggs said: “It has been 35 years since a group of pioneers marched along Oxford St to celebrate the contributions of gay men and lesbians to Australian society and make their fight for equality visible, ending in arrests and police brutality,” said Professor Triggs. “…. encouraging recent developments in our political sphere continue to prove that their efforts – and ongoing efforts since – are worth it.” For full press release click here. 

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012

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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POSTED 8 Feb 2013
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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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POSTED 19 Jan 2013
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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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Philippines substitute Reproductive Health Bill

The Philippines House of Reps has developed a new Reproductive Health Bill which it hopes will be approved by the end of 2012.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr said the new bill would have a provision ensuring that the process of fertilisation and conception would not be impeded. For story by Jess Diaz from the Philippines Star (Oct 19) click here.

The US-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reports on the Global Abortion Lobby and the impact it is having on the Philippines. For story click here.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Lao Officials Confiscate Church Buildings

Lao officials have confiscated and sealed a church building in Savannakhet Province in southern Laos after holding a two-day seminar warning against religious belief, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).  Besides sealing the church building they also warned that other unrecognized churches would soon be shut down. Communist Party officials along with the deputy chief of police, and head of religious affairs, ordered all villages to attend the seminar entitled “Tricks of the Enemy.” According to villagers present at the seminar, the officials declared that Westerners, particularly those from the United States, were using the Christian faith to destabilize the government.

They then declared that the 745 Christians in the village could only meet in private homes.

Source: Australian Prayer Network.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Family Planning or Abortion Planning?

The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute has an article in its latest Friday Fax which investigates the truth behind words such as famiy planning and reproductive health, used by pro-abortionists. The article suggests that abortion is being pushed by UN agencies behind these seemingly innocent sounding words. For article click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Marriage Bills

The European Court of Human Rights judges stated that:

  • Same-sex marriages are not a human right
  • That if same-sex couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.

Bill Muehlenberg’s Culture Watch has published an article March 24 on: Why the Demand for Homosexual Marriage? where he explains what is driving those that want to introduce homosexual marriage.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” Mr Bandt is said to have sent his bill to the committee in order to give lobbyists more time to convince the Coalition to alllow its members a conscience vote (Milanda Rout, The Australian, Go Slow on Same-Sex Marriage, Greens MP Adam Bandt warns Labor, Feb 28, 2012.) It is thought that a conscience vote would mean that the amendments would pass parliament.  The closing date for public responses is 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012.

Send comments to The Secretary of the Committee on 02 6277 4969 or email SPLAmarriagebills@aph.gov.au

Action: the Committee is asking people to take an online survey on their views of the amendment to the Marriage Act. To undertake survey: https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

Submissions should be received by 2 April 2012. The reporting date for the inquiry is 25 May 2012.

Submissions can be sent to: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

or:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

T: 02 6277 5794 F: 02 6277 5794

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Assocation for Reformed Political Action has joined other organisations in submitting concerns with moves by the Federal Govt to consolidate anti-discrimination laws.  For discussion paper and submissions: http://www.ag.gov.au/antidiscrimination

The Association for Reformed Political Action argued that it “would appear to be the beginning of an attempt to codify human rights into a written bill. The proposal is analogous to preparing a charter or bill of rights.”

For the Association for Reformed Political Action submission: click here

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012