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28 July 2015
A lot has been happening regarding the legalisation of homosexual ‘marriage’ in Australia. Even since I decided last week to put the ‘marriage’ items’ in a separate email, several more items have been included!
Churches and ministers have declared their ‘positions’ (item 12), politicians are making statements and pro-marriage events are being held (item 7)…
Whilst Christians have been talking about, and writing about, the issue (and many have been ignoring it altogether), the homosexual activists at Australian Marriage Equality have been BUSY LOBBYING in key electorates. They are getting businesses, Councils, non-profits and universities to support their campaign. They’ve published large advertisements ‘from businesses’ in the electorates where they are lobbying – and targeting - the sitting Member!
The cross-party Bill being organised by Liberal Warren Entsch and Labor’s Terri Butler (source) is expected to be introduced to Parliament on 10 August.
Now is the time to act - Please contact YOUR MPs
‘Can of worms’, Labor conference vote, website, AME campaigns intensify, Prayer for marriage, Churches, articles and more…
Read our detailed overview of the latest developments!
24 July 2015
Each week seems to get busier. There is so much happening with regard to the battle over homosexual ‘marriage’ that I felt led to call it a ‘Tsunami’!
I’ll send a separate email on MONDAY with a full update on ‘marriage’.
Please read, pray and act over these matters. ...
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The Senate is holding an inquiry into the certification of FOOD. The Inquiry was initiated in March by Senator Cory Bernardi, who is very concerned about ‘halal certification’ by Islamic groups.
The Inquiry is being conducted by the Senate Economic References Committee.
Submissions are needed – and close on 31 July, 2015.
The Inquiry covers all types of certification of food… as well as labelling, certification fees, and the financial implications of certification.It was broadened in order to get the Senate to conduct the Inquiry!
Click here for the Inquiry webpage.
Click here for the Terms of Reference which outlines the scope of the Inquiry.
ALSO INCLUDED BELOW…
Article: Cory’s blog: Getting to the bottom of the halal certification racket, Cory Bernardi, 25/3/2015.
Cory wrote, “No one has been able to explain why water, milk and cat food need halal certification. No one has been able to explain all the groups involved in the certification racket and where the money paid actually ends up. I have seen emails from purported halal certification entrepreneurs that do not inspire any confidence in the integrity or intent of such schemes…”
Once you have written your submission /letter, send it by 31 JULY.
Send it to:
Senate Standing Committees on Economics,
Senate Economic References Committee
Please express your concern about halal certification…
Some points you might make in your own words – give examples!
Please comment in more detail if you are able. You may also choose to comment on other matters if you wish. However, it is the halal certification of products for ALL consumers, for the payment of a fee, which amounts to a religious tax, which is of most concern.
Q Society have published a chart where they compare the halal certification of food and Kosher (Jewish) certification.
In May 2015, the Victorian Legislative Council agreed that the Legal and Social Issues Committee would conduct an Inquiry into “the need for laws in Victoria to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life choices.”
This includes discussion of both euthanasia and palliative care.
The motion was put forward by the government as an ‘alternative’ to a push by the Greens - to legalise euthanasia and to ask the Victorian Law Reform Commission to conduct an Inquiry. For our report on the failure of Greens MLC Colleen Hartland’s motion, click here.
We encourage Victorians (in particular) to make SUBMISSIONS to the Inquiry – submissions close on 31 July 2015.
In your submission / letter, please SUPPORT increased resources for palliative care and OPPOSE the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
There is also concern about Advanced Care Directives, because a statement that you don’t want ‘medical treatment’ could be interpreted in ways that you don’t support, including the removal of food and water – see here, for some information.
Your letter doesn’t have to be long– just express your view in a reasoned manner.
It is VITAL that we express our concerns about the lack of safeguards in ‘euthanasia legislation’. Elderly people are vulnerable to pressure form society that they are a ‘burden’ as well as from family members.
For information on the issue – and arguments for opposing euthanasia, you might check out these websites:
The ‘other side is having their say – we must act!
I mentioned this Inquiry last month. At that time, the majority of submissions were from individuals SUPPORTING euthanasia – they are often very SHORT, telling a sad story or saying they want to die at a time of their ‘own choosing’. I looked at the submissions again this week – there are now 84 submissions – I randomly chose six of the additional 50, and they ALL supported euthanasia!
The Committee has called for submissions which must be made by 31 July, 2015.
The Committee is holding PUBLIC HEARINGS – with various organisations and individuals making presentations.
They begin tomorrow, 23 July, in Melbourne.
Other hearings will be held in Geelong (29 July) and Warrnambool (30 July) and a further hearing in Melbourne on 5 August, 2015.
Sources of information…
Click here to see the Committee’s Inquiry webpage (click on tabs for further information).
Click here for the Terms of Reference (what the Inquiry is about). Also posted below.
Click here for ‘Submissions’ made to the Committee.
Click here for information about ‘Public Hearings’.
You can send it by:
ONLINE – esubmission – use the form on the Committee’s website – click here.
POST - Lilian Topic, Secretary, Legal & Social Issues Committee Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3002.
Click here for the Committee’s page on making a submission.
On 7 May 2015 the Legislative Council agreed to the following motion:
That pursuant to Sessional Order 6 this House requires the Legal and Social Issues Committee to inquire into, consider and report, no later than 31 May 2016, on the need for laws in Victoria to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life choices and, in particular, the Committee should —
(1) assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life, including the role of palliative care;
(2) review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions; and
(3) consider what type of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation.
20 July 2015
A Greens MP in the ACT Legislative Assembly wants to ban prayer and protests outside Canberra’s abortion clinic by establishing an ‘exclusion zone’ with hefty penalties. Shane Rattenbury introduced legislation TODAY, which will be voted on later in the year. Full details in article BELOW.
Two things you can do…
1. Vote NO in the online poll at the article in the Canberra Times
– click here now (or on article title below).
When I started writing this email, there were 666 votes – with 51% supporting a ban and 49 % opposing it.
Now there are 831 votes – with 47% yes and 53% voting NO!
Please ADD your vote!
2. SIGN a petition re ‘exclusion zones’
Please SIGN (if you have not already done so) and promote the Change.org petition against Rattenbury’s earlier proposal of a 150 metres ban that ACT Right to Life initiated some time ago.
The petition now has 723 signatures – please sign it! Click here.
Article and POLL: Shane Rattenbury prepares to ban anti-abortion protests outside Canberra's abortion clinic, Canberra Times, 20/7/2015.