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.
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.
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.
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.
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… Continue reading What about Barnaby Joyce?
Victoria’s Reason Party (formerly known as the Sex Party) has put a motion before parliament to delete ‘advancement of religion’ from the definition of a charity. If successful, the bill would remove tax exempt status from religious schools and hospitals, as well as other charities including nursing homes. The Australian Family Association in an email… Continue reading Victoria: Reason Party launches bid to remove charitable status from religious groups
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… Continue reading ARPA to testify at WA End of Life Choices Committee hearing
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… Continue reading Australian Christian Lobby Releases Tasmanian Election Guide
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… Continue reading Pro SSM groups openly lobbying for removal of religious exemptions
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… Continue reading The ABC and a car loan
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… Continue reading “We don’t know who we are”
“Australia legalized patient access to medical cannabis at the federal level in 2016, but rules differ at the state level. Recreational news is still forbidden nationwide.” Thus CNN reports in its section ‘Money’. One can wonder why CNN reports this in its ‘Money’ section. The answer is: Marijuana, or cannabis, is big money today. Australia… Continue reading Australia wants to sell pot to the world
The head of Victoria’s police union and the state’s Victims of Crime Commissioner have blamed the lenient sentences which youth from African background receive for their violent crimes in Australia, for an increase of crime. Mr Andrews said the largely African and Islander youths had a “wanton disregard for the safety of others”. The police is… Continue reading Lenient sentences blamed for increase of crime
The Greens in parliament are trying to hijack the discussion about the protection of religious rights which will come up in the New Year, after the legalization of same-sex-marriage. They are planning to use Mr. Ruddock’s review of religious freedoms to introduce some limitations on religious freedom. “There is a difference between the right to… Continue reading Australian Bill of Rights needed?
“Boost for conservatives as Turnbull resets his team,” is what The Australian writes. What to think about this? Did PM Turnbull see a good reason to involve more conservatives in his team? Is this to appease the conservatives who were hurt by his staunch support of the same-sex-marriage legalization? Is he trying to keep them… Continue reading PM Turnbull reshuffles cabinet
One thing Satan is known to be very good in is: the lie. In John 8, the Lord Jesus calls him the ‘Father of lies’. ‘He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his… Continue reading Hate is called love
Today, 7 December 2017, Australia joined the rank of nations which think that they can redefine the age old tradition of marriage. At the very beginning of the world, when God created mankind, He created them male and female and He brought Eve to Adam. This was the first marriage. There and then God instituted… Continue reading Australia Legalises Same Sex Marriage
Our Parliament in Canberra is discussing the bill to legalise same sex marriage, as well as a number of proposed amendments. Two good speeches which are worth listening to or reading: Mr. Andrew Hastie, MP of Canning, WA. Mr. Scott Morrison, MP for Cook, NSW and Treasurer.
The one article after the other is being published about the ‘mess’ federal politics is in here in Australia. Granted, there is quite a bit going on, with PM Turnbull forced into appointing a Royal Commission, the discontent about the whole way he is dealing with ‘religious protection’ amendments to the Same Sex Marriage bill,… Continue reading The decline and fall of political culture
Prime Minister M. Turnbull stated before and during the SSM plebiscite that religious freedom was more important for him than legalizing same sex marriage. Unfortunately, he has proven to be an untrustworthy leader. In the whole discussion in parliament it is for him more important to pass the bill to legalize same sex marriage, than… Continue reading Senate Passes Same Sex Marriage