Lies and Statistics

Sir Charles Dilke [1843-1911] commented once that false statements can be arranged according to their degree under three heads, fibs, lies, and statistics. Mark Twain used a stronger word, when he wrote his now famous quote, which I will not repeat here. What is clear in these statements is, that people can lie out of…

Religious Freedom Review to report in May

The reporting deadline for the Religious Freedom Review has been extended.  The Australian reports that the original reporting deadline of March 31 was extended to May 18 to give the committee more time to work through the 16,000 public submissions received.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What about Barnaby Joyce?

It seems as if the major part of the news that comes from Canberra and our federal government is mainly about scandals or about fighting between governing parties and opposition. They are constantly circling around each other and pounce as soon as they find something that might give them an advantage among the voters. It…

ARPA to testify at WA End of Life Choices Committee hearing

WA’s Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices has recommenced public hearings. At least thirty organisations are scheduled to appear by early March, with ten having already appeared since hearings began in December last year. ARPA has also been requested to give evidence and will appear before the committee on Thursday the 8th March at…

Australian Christian Lobby Releases Tasmanian Election Guide

Tasmania faces a House of Assembly (lower house) election on 3rd March. The Australian Christian Lobby has released an online election guide, which includes personal responses and party position summaries from candidates, conveniently sorted according to each electorate. ARPA commends the guide to our Tasmanian readers as we are not in a position to produce…

Pro SSM groups openly lobbying for removal of religious exemptions

ARPA Australia reports that Pro-Same Sex Marriage groups are openly lobbying the Religious Freedom Review committee for removal of religious exemptions in anti-discrimination laws. ARPA writes: The level of hostility towards Christian values in Australian society became even clearer last week as reports emerged about the content of some of the 13,500 submissions received by…

The ABC and a car loan

In an article headed “Banking royal commission to hear cases like Amy’s: 22yo, new job and a car loan in minutes” the ABC takes one of the big four banks to task over a $35,000 car loan approval that was not expected and which did not suit the customer. The ABC reported that the Royal…

“We don’t know who we are”

In a frank article Deirdre Macken (1) writes that the discussion around Australia Day has exposed how much Australia has changed. “For instance we’re no longer a white and Christian nation. We are off-white, yellow, brown and often red at this time of the year. What’s more, we are mostly non-believers, lifestyle believers or firm…