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…

Push Back Against China

In The Diplomat magazine (December 15, 2017 issue) R G Almond writes that on October 18, 2017, at the 19th Party Congress, China’s president Mr Xi proclaimed that he will lead China into a “new era.” Fuelled by its remarkable economic successes and rapid military growth China sees a strategic opportunity to expand national power…

US House Memo released: Crime or not?

On Friday, 2 February, the House of Congress in the USA released a controversial memo about practices of the FBI, concerning surveillance / wiretapping one of candidate and later President Trump’s team members. The release of this memo was preceded by heated discussions in the committee and between members of the House, as well as…

Persecution In India

The persecution of Christians in India is getting more severe. Recently a pastor of a Christian congregation was found hanging from a rope in his home, adjacent to the church. Authorities were quick to rule his death a suicide, but there is so much that points in a different direction. This pastor had to endure…

“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…

Did you get a university offer?

Did you get a university offer this week? Universities in Australia are sending out their offers to new students this week. For Western Australia, first round offers were released yesterday. Many students will receive an offer, hopefully their first preference, but many other students won’t. Why? For some it could be because their ATAR score…

France in Crisis. Why?

In an article headed France: A Decomposing Civilization Italian journalist Giulio Meotti (1) describes what many consider is the gradual disintegration of France. Meotti’s summarises: “France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing remains. A nation dispossessed of its identity will see its…

Celebrating a birthday?

Matthew 14:6 records a birthday celebration in honour of King Herod. John Calvin in his commentary on this verse makes some very thoughtful comments about birthday celebrations in general. He first writes about the preparations for Herod’s feast: “It is scarcely possible that such magnificent preparations should not draw luxury, pride, unbridled merriment, and other…

Australia wants to sell pot to the world

“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…

USA reverses Obama-policy on marijuana

While more and more countries and other jurisdictions (individual states or provinces) are working to legalise marijuana, the police in many countries is warning drivers that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. There is quite some discussion about how dangerous and it is clear that the working of marijuana cannot be equaled with…

Footnotes by ‘Education and Ideology in China’

(1) Pomfret, J, Xi Jinping’s quest to revive Stalin’s communist ideology, The Washington Post, October 16, 2017 (2) Chinese Journalist faces 7 years in jail for ‘leaking state document’s, BBC News, 5 April, 2015 (3) Fitzgerald, J, Human Dignity and its Enemies, Inside Story, October 2017

Education and ideology in China

It is almost trite to observe that any education system – its structure and curriculum – closely reflects the values of the society in which it is formed. Thus in a democratic nation such as Australia, educational institutions are valued as places of academic freedom, critical inquiry and the preservation of freedom enjoyed by the…

Hungary: PM Viktor Orban’s Christmas Message: Worth reading!

Among the many Christmas messages of numerous heads of state, government leaders and other leaders, it seems hard to find a few good ones which are worth listening to or reading. Last week I mentioned an editorial of the Canadian National Post. If you haven’t read it, I certainly recommend that you do. Towards the…