National Day of Thanksgiving

The 25th of May 2013 is the National Thanksgiving Day. The day is set aside to show appreciation and thanks for those who make a contribution in the community. For details visit: http://www.thanksgiving.org.au/

The focus this year is on the Judicial System and on youth that make a difference. For reading passages, resources for schools and churches visit the website. 

Action: the organisers of the National Day of Thanksgiving are asking people to hoste a breakfast or morning tea to honour those in public life. For details visit http://www.thanksgiving.org.au/

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Tasmania Anti-Discrimination Bill

Saltshakers reports in its Dec 2012 Journal that “The Tasmanian government is planning more anti-discrimination laws. The Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2012 will add new attributes of ‘gender identity’ and ‘intersex’. The prohibition of conduct that “offends, humiliates, intimidates, insults or ridicules” will be extended to all 20 attributes (instead of the current 7).

 ”Religious schools will have to apply for an exemption if they wish to decide who can enrol by reference to the parents’ faith -exemptions can only be applied for if there are more children than places available.”

Debate on the Bill started in mid-November.

Action: Saltshakers asks people in Tasmania to please contact their MPs.

 

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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Christian Persecutions

The Middle East Forum reports that St Paul’s church in Mardan, Pakistan was attacked in October by hundreds of Muslims. They set the church on fire. They then burnt down a nearby church-run school including a library containing more than 3000 christian books. Also in Pakistan, gunmen openned fire on the St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Hyderabad, killing at least 28 people. For story click here. 

In Egypt, the Kasr El-Dobora, the largest evangelical church in the Middle East was besieged on Sept 13 by people hurling stones and gas bombs. The first gas bomb was described as an error by police but more bombs followed. Worshipers locked themselves inside the church and put on masks to avoid gas poisoning. For story click here. 

In the Maldives airport officials seized 11 books about Christianity. 

In Bangladesh, a new report indicated that some 300 Christian children were recently abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. The children are sold to Islamic schools where they are converted to Islam. For story click here. 

Source: the Middle East Forum

To subscribe to the Middle East Forum click here.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Tanzania riots

Open Doors reports that a crowd of 400 rioting Muslim youth attacked three churches on Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island over the last weekend of May, extensively damaging two church buildings and engaging in running battles with police. At least two Christian schools were temporarily closed due to security concerns and the St. Mtendae Catholic Church in the Kwamchina area – including a Church sanctuary, college, accommodation and a convent – was also set alight. Riots continued in the Mtandae area with police again using tear gas to try and disperse the crowd.

Action: Opendoors asks people to pray for the restoration of peace in Zanzibar, for the safety of Christians living there and pray for God’s wisdom upon the Christians during these times, that they might respond in a godly manner.

Action: Opendoors is seeking to raise $854,026 by the end of the financial year sotha they can continue to equip and support persecuted believers. To make a donation click here.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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WA Positive Schools Conference

On May 24-25, 2012 the WA Positive Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference will be held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle. The Keynote speaker will include Melinda Tankard Reist. The theme is Eyes Wide Open. For details click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Gonski working group

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, Sen Jacinta Collins says : ‘A new working group will consider the findings and recommendations of the Gonski Review in relation to capital funding for Australian schools. The Capital Working Group, made up of both government and non-government school representatives, will report to the Council of Australian Governments through the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood.’

Meanwhile Christians Schools Australia has developed a model that gives members schools an idea of their future funding should the Gonski’s Panel recommendations be implemented by Government. It calculates the notional disadvantage loadings for each school. CSA is asking Principals or business mangers to send them an email to SPieterse(at)csa.edu.au requesting the information.

For full press release from Sen Collins click here.

For more details from CSA click here.

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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News Weekly: Same-sex marriage: attack on religious freedom and parents rights

Alongside their push for same-sex marriage, radical gay and lesbian organisations have told an Attorney-General’s inquiry that they oppose any exemptions for churches and schools under new anti-discrimination legislation.

For article by Patrick J. Byrne from NewsWeekly click Here.

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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Gonski School Funding

Christian Schools Australia welcomed the release of the Gonski Report and congratulates the Review Panel and the Government, for a report that met the promise of being sector blind, and genuinely tackles the challenges of improving educational standards for the whole Australian community.

CSA says the Report is grounded in good research, complex and detailed, and it is a good thing that the Government has initiated a deliberately open consultation process.

For response from CSA click here.

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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School funding

Parents are being urged by Catholic organisations to stay vigilant about school funding policy, ahead of the release of the Gonski report on Monday. The Govt plans to introduce a new funding system for Australian Schools in 2014.

For more click here

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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School Funding

Christian Schools Australia reports Oct 1, 2010 that the Financial Health Assessment Framework is to be discontinued. CSA has been invited to participate in a stakeholder forum to consider future mechanisms. The 2010 FHAF Appraisal process has been cancelled.

For more: http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=ec0880aa1be896bbe79dc9c82&id=01036169b3&e=e48aae9050

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POSTED 13 Oct 2010
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