Writing letters and submissions difficult?

Saltshakers reports on a new ministry called The Golden Sceptre, which generates individualised letters on behalf of subscribers.   It is a completely new time-saving service, designed to augment the ministry of Salt Shakers by helping Australian Christians to make much more regular contact with their Members of Parliament and to encourage them to legislate more in-line with Biblical principles. For details: www.goldensceptre.com.au

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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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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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Sunday trading

Warnar Spyker wrote a letter to the West Australian Feb 27 which expressed concern with the WA Labor Party and Liberal Party’s disregard of the 2005 referendum where just 37% of electors gave support to extended Sunday trading. He wrote that it was remarkable how our politicians flatly ignore the expressed will of the people on the issue of Sunday Trading. Both major parties are moving toward introducing Sunday Trading across WA. “I am convinced that Sunday Trading is to our community detriment,” Mr Spyker wrote.

Send letters of support or a new letter to: Letter to the Editor, WA Newspapers, GPO Box N1027 Perth WA 6843, fax 9482 3830 or letters@wanews.com.au (include full address and telephone number.) 

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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Canada Writing Competition

ARPA Canada and Holland Shopping Centre have teamed up to co-sponsor a letter to the editor contest with $500 in prizes. ARPA Canada says: “Letters to the editor are a free and effective means to be a voice for truth, grace, justice, and common sense in our communities. We have seen some excellent letters published in Alberta in response to our Stand Up for Freedom campaign in the past week. We have also seen entire editorials from large papers written in response to letters by ARPA readers. This is a great opportunity for schools, people who have never written a letter to the editor before, and the seasoned pros!”

For more on the contest: http://www.facebook.com/arpacanada

Or: http://www.arpacanada.ca/

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POSTED 19 Jul 2011
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