WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

The Sunday Times, (March 25, 2012 pg9, Joe Spagnolo, Madam aids Pastor MP) reported that Christian Pastor and Member for Morley, Ian Britza accepted $1500 in donations from brothel owner Mary Anne Kenworthy. Britza said he would be supporting the Government bill to legalise prostution but that the donation did not influence his decision.

On March 21, 2012 the member for Carine, Tony Krsticevic MLA tabled a petition of 1078 signatures calling for the WA Prostitution Bill, which will legalise prostitution, to be heavily amended or rejected completely. The Labor Party has said it would oppose the bill while the Liberal Party members have been given a conscience vote.

The Attorney General, Christian Porter is said to be happy to work with the Labor Party to get the Government’s Prostitution laws through Parliament. Until now the Labor Party has said it would not support the bill. Fremantle MLA Adele Carles has gone to Sweden to dtermine whether the model used in that country could be adapted to WA.

Action: People are being asked to thank Tony Krsticevic for tabling this petition.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill.

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. Submissions are due by 9 March. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 25 March 2012, 1207 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 25 March 2012, 508 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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Alex Schadenberg Australian visit

Alex Schadenberg from the is visiting Australia in June. He will talk in Perth on June 25, 2012. He will be in Tasmania June 28. Details to follow.

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

The WA Govt did not debate the Prostitution Bill in the final sitting week of parliament for 2011. The next opportunity it can be debated is Feb 21, 2012. The Bill will make prostitution, for the first time, legal in WA. The Labor Party has said it would oppose the bill while the Liberal Party members have been given a conscience vote.

View the Govt press release

Read the ACL response

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. Submissions are due by 9 March. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 18 Feb 2012, 1198 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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Alex Schadenberg Australian visit

Alex Schadenberg from the is visiting Australia in June. He will talk in Perth on June 25, 2012. He will be in Tasmania June 28. Details to follow.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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Nefarious Merchant of Souls Tasmania Screenings

Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery is to be screened in Launceston 4 March 2012, 7.30pm at the Tramshed, 4 Invermay Rd. It will be showin at the Energiser Life Church, in Hobart on 6 March, 7.30pm.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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ARPA Tasmania

The Association for Reformed Political Action has formed a separate branch in Tasmania. It was formed at a meeting in October where Kevin Swarts delivered a presentation on gambling and the impact it has on the community. Tasmania MP Rene Hidding also spoke at the meeting about some of the issues around Parliament, Government and cabinet. The Tasmanian ARPA committee consists of Will Groenewold, Harold Jonker, Alice Kroeze, Kevin Swarts, John van Asperen, Dirk Veltkamp and Sean Eikelboom.

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Tasmania Homosexual Marriage

Tasmania’s Lower House passed a motion calling on the Commonwealth to legalise homosexual marriage. The Archbishop of Hobart, Adrian Doyle, has expressed his disappointment with the vote. See: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-21/20110921–same-sex-vote-succeeds/2910102

And: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=28368

To hear the ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown talk on a 6PR radio interview with Howard Sattler: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/wp-content/uploads/McKim-Brown-mp3-6pr.mp3

Action: Saltshakers asks people to vote in a poll from the Mercury Newspaper. As at Sept 30, 2011 53% had voted No to the question: Do you support gay marriage?

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POSTED 4 Oct 2011
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Tasmanian Marriage

Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim is tabling a motion in the Tasmanian Parliament to support homosexual marriage. The motion calls on the Federal Government to change the marriage laws. Premier Lara Giddings said she would support the motion. For story: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/tasmania-parliament-first-to-vote-in-favour-of-same-sex-marriage/story-e6frg15u-1226141302031

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Tasmanian Debate Cancelled

The Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Liberal MP Michael Ferguson and the Australian Family Association withdrew from a debate on homosexual marriage that was to be held at the University of Tasmania. They issued a joint statement saying that they were concerned with the personal attack and vitriol. Source: Australian Prayer Network. For more: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/07/mr-jim-wallace-pro-marrige-team-withdraw-from-debate-over-gay-activists-tactics/

And: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/07/mr-australian-christian-lobby-rejects-gay-hate-slur/

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POSTED 15 Aug 2011
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Tasmanian Youth Parliament

The Tasmanian Youth Parliament will be held in September 2011. Participants will form Government and Opposition and debate issues in state politics which are important to them. Besides a camp from Sept 4-10 participants will attend training days on July 30 in Launceston and July 31 in Hobart.

Applications for Youth Parliament 2011 are open from 22nd June until 22nd July. Applications can be submitted on http://bit.ly/yptas2011

For more on the Tasmanian Youth Parliament: http://www.youthparliament.org.au/

For Robyn McSweeney press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=142260

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POSTED 19 Jul 2011
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