Australia · World

Chinese threat to Australia

Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter is currently bringing before the Australian parliament two bills that are very important and necessary for our nation’s safety, sovereignty and future. Both bills, that target activities by China and other foreign states, are designed to strengthen Australia’s counter foreign-interference and espionage apparatus. On 8 June 2018 “The Australian” reported that… Continue reading Chinese threat to Australia

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Assisted-Dying laws incentive for insurance companies to deny coverage

In several countries, states, provinces over the world, assisted-dying laws have been adopted and implemented. Those resisting the adoption of these laws often warned that the availability of the option of euthanasia / assisted-dying would put pressure on those who are terminally ill to choose this option. This appears to  be happening now in a… Continue reading Assisted-Dying laws incentive for insurance companies to deny coverage

Australia · Education - General

Changes to Australian education system recommended

For some time now there have been concerns in Australia about the declining levels of academic performance in schools. There has been a steady decline in literacy, mathematics and science performance among Australian students for over a decade! How can Australia turn this trend around to return to having one of the top quality education… Continue reading Changes to Australian education system recommended

Australia · Science and Technology

Public Hearings for WA Dept of Health Review into Surrogacy and Reproductive Technology

The WA Department of Health has moved to the next phase of its review into the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and the Surrogacy Act 2008.  The review, which began in January, is now holding open public consultations with no appointment required. The consultations are being held in Perth on Friday 13th April and in… Continue reading Public Hearings for WA Dept of Health Review into Surrogacy and Reproductive Technology

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Qantas staff encouraged to “minimise manterruptions” but avoid terms including “husband” and “wife.”

Australia’s national airline has continued its crusade against traditional values by launching a staff guide to kick-start ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ month. News.com.au reports that the guide, written by the airline’s ‘People and Culture’ division, encourages staff to avoid terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ because they “reinforce the idea that people are always in heterosexual… Continue reading Qantas staff encouraged to “minimise manterruptions” but avoid terms including “husband” and “wife.”

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Queensland: Federal Nationals MP George Christensen labels his government’s $9.5 million Planned Parenthood donation “disgraceful.”

Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen has addressed a pro-life rally in Brisbane at the weekend, telling the crowd that the Government’s $9.5 million donation to International Planned Parenthood last year was a “disgraceful act.” Mr Christensen promised to write to Treasurer Scott Morrison in the coming week asking him to divert the funds to pregnancy… Continue reading Queensland: Federal Nationals MP George Christensen labels his government’s $9.5 million Planned Parenthood donation “disgraceful.”

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ACT: magistrate dismisses case against two men charged for praying outside abortion clinic.

A Canberra magistrate has dismissed charges against two men aged in their 70’s who were charged with engaging in prohibitive behaviour for silently praying outside an abortion clinic. ABC News reports the magistrate dismissed the charges on the basis that the men’s prayer “involved no component of expression, communication or message to those around them.” The… Continue reading ACT: magistrate dismisses case against two men charged for praying outside abortion clinic.

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Tasmania: gay-rights campaigner drops ‘hate speech’ case against Presbyterian street preachers

A gay-rights campaigner has withdrawn his case against two Hobart Presbyterian preachers who were taken to Tasmania’s Equal Opportunity Commission accused of homophobic hate speech. According to the Hobart Mercury the case was allegedly withdrawn because the Hobart City Council agreed to “better regulate” street preachers, although there is speculation the case was withdrawn to… Continue reading Tasmania: gay-rights campaigner drops ‘hate speech’ case against Presbyterian street preachers

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ARPA gives evidence to WA Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices

On Thursday 8th March Rob Van der Linde (ARPA Chairman) and Laurence Van der Plas (ARPA Research Officer) gave evidence to the WA Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices. The 50-minute hearing took place in the Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms. After a ten-minute opening statement in which ARPA was able to explain… Continue reading ARPA gives evidence to WA Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices

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End of Life Choices Inquiry: Committee hearings on Live Broadcast

This afternoon, starting at 1:30 PM, ARPA receives the opportunity to present evidence during the hearing of the End of Life Choices Inquiry, in the parliament building of WA. The hearings are going on already since 13 December and many have had the opportunity to present evidence. This morning (8 March) the Chief Rabbi of… Continue reading End of Life Choices Inquiry: Committee hearings on Live Broadcast

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WA Health Minister reaffirms support for anti-protest ‘safe access’ laws.

Western Australia’s Health Minister Roger Cook has reaffirmed his willingness to consider introducing ‘safe access’ laws which would restrict protests near abortion clinics. Last week Perth’s 40 Days of Life group, which holds vigils outside a Midland Abortion clinic, was featured in an article in The Age. Meanwhile a pro-life group in the ACT has… Continue reading WA Health Minister reaffirms support for anti-protest ‘safe access’ laws.

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ARPA to testify at WA End of Life Choices Committee hearing.

The WA Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices will take oral evidence from representatives of religious and advocacy organisations next week. ARPA will give evidence on Thursday 8th March from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Other organisations appearing that day include Victory Life Centre, the Chief Rabbi of Perth Synagogue and the Archbishop of Perth. Organisations… Continue reading ARPA to testify at WA End of Life Choices Committee hearing.

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WA Equal Opportunity Commission to host Political Correctness forum on 15th March.

Western Australia’s Equal Opportunity Commission is hosting a public forum from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 15th March at the State Library Lecture Theatre. The forum, ‘Has political correctness gone mad?’, will address whether laws put in place to deter people from causing offence are impinging on other rights such as freedom of speech and… Continue reading WA Equal Opportunity Commission to host Political Correctness forum on 15th March.

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Tasmania: ACL petition calls on Tas Labor to restore conscience vote on euthanasia.

The Australian Christian Lobby has launched a petition calling on Tasmania’s Labor Party to restore its members’ right to a conscience vote on euthanasia. The ACL reports a number of state Labor conferences have voted to strip Labor MPs of their conscience vote on the matter, effectively forcing them to vote in favour of euthanasia… Continue reading Tasmania: ACL petition calls on Tas Labor to restore conscience vote on euthanasia.