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30 March 2016
A month ago, we sent out the following email regarding the ‘Infant Viability Bill’ being proposed by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins (DLP) in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. The aim of the Bill is to ensure that viable babies are born, rather than being aborted.
An ‘Introduction’ to the Bill - along with FULL details - is included in the original post.
The PETITION forms are available there too - click here.
All the details of the Bill and the campaign are posted on the website: infantviability.org.au
Petitions are circulating – and signatures being collected.
If you have been collecting signatures on TWO petitions (Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council) then PLEASE send your petition forms (they don’t have to be full) to the campaign office:
The 20 Week Movement
Level 19, 180 Lonsdale St.
Melbourne, VIC 3000
If you haven’t collected any signatures yet, the two petitions are ATTACHED – just print, collect signatures this weekend, and send them in!
Check out the FULL details about the Bill!
Some further updates regarding the so-called Safe Schools Coalition and a look at the SKEWED and biased research that underpins it.
A federal election could be held in July – and another homosexual is pre-selected by the Liberal Party…
23 March 2016
On Good Friday we are reminded to think about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us. However, as Christians, we look forward, in hope and faith, to his resurrection ‘on the third day’, Easter Sunday, knowing that ‘He lives!’
In the midst of battling against a huge host of ‘issues’, we must remember to always look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that we must ‘run with endurance the race that is set before us’.
We’re also told that Jesus “endured the cross” but is RISEN and “has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 says,
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
As for the things we battle against, whether in the personal or public realms, Paul reminds us, in Ephesisans 6:12,
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
The battle is spiritual as well as physical. Although we need to resist temptation, avoid sin, and stand up for what is right, we're reminded that the battle is not ours, but the Lord’s!
In 2 Chronicles 20:15, we read,
“This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.”
Events around Australia…
Around Australia, there will be events that celebrate the risen Lord Jesus – why not check out what is happening in your area.
In Melbourne – celebrate the ‘finished work of the cross’!
In Melbourne, three churches from THREE different denominations are joining together to ‘Celebrate Easter’ on Good Friday, March 25 – from 2pm to 3 pm in Federation Square. The partner churches are Enjoy Church, Kingston City Church and Oaktree Anglican (led by Mark Durie).
They write, “Celebrate Easter is a celebration of the finished work of the cross. Three churches from different denominations have come together to host this event in the heart of Melbourne and everyone is invited.
“It is focused on the love of God shown to mankind through the death of His only son, Jesus and His resurrection three days later. The songs sung and the words spoken all highlight the good news of the gospel and the hope that Jesus provides.”
On Friday, the federal government released their response to the REVIEW of the so-called Safe Schools Coalition that has been done by Professor Bill Louden.
Although the federal government has made more changes to the Safe Schools Coalition program than the minimal ones proposed by Professor Louden, we are extremely disappointed with the proposed changes.
Of course, we would like the WHOLE program to be scrapped, as it is ideologically driven and promotes sexual and gender diversity.
As SSCA founder Roz Ward acknowledged, “Safe Schools Coalition is about supporting gender and sexual diversity. Not about celebrating diversity. Not about stopping bullying. About gender and sexual diversity.”
[Roz Ward, address at the launch of the national Safe Schools Coalition in 2014.]
Under the government’s proposals, the Safe Schools Coalition will continue, along with the current funding.
Most of the ‘Resources’ and much of the offensive material will remain, some in a different form after being ‘re-written’, and the ‘Resources’ will be placed on the Safe Schools Hub instead of on the Safe Schools Coalition website. But, as we noted last week, including this program on the Safe Schools Hub undermines the good work on ‘anti-bullying’ initiatives promoted by the National Safe Schools Framework and the Safe Schools Hub.
Ros Phillips asked, “Who will re-write the program?”
Ros Phillips, research officer for FamilyVoice Australia, has warmly welcomed Education Minister Birmingham’s admission that the controversial “Safe Schools” program is flawed, saying it is a victory for Australian parents.
Some of the politicians who called for a parliamentary Inquiry and the suspension of funding, have said they are happy with the government’s response – George Christensen told the ABC, “We're gutting most of the bad content. We're not going to have students exposed to websites that take them off to adult shops or to groups that are running sex toy workshops for youth and that sort of thing. That's got no place in this program."
We believe the changes don’t go nearly far enough – we want to see the whole program SCRAPPED and de-funded!
The REVIEW and the Government’s RESPONSE are posted on the federal Department of Education and Training website – click here.
The Response from the federal government:
STATEMENT ON SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION
The Review by Professor Bill Louden:
Review of Appropriateness and Efficacy of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia Program Resources (11 March, 23 pages)
The REVIEW …
It’s no wonder that the Coalition backbenchers who heard Professor Louden speak about his review last Tuesday were VERY upset! In essence, Bill Louden found that the Safe Schools Coalition program and the “Official” materials were all “suitable” and “aligned with the Australian Curriculum”.
The main developments this week are covered in the first THREE items.
- The REVIEW report has been handed to the PM. Coalition MPs were briefed and were very unhappy with the result of the review.
- Coalition backbenchers have since called for a FULL parliamentary inquiry and for the funding for the Safe Schools Coalition to be suspended.
- Roz Ward, the founder of the Safe Schools Coalition, says ‘It is NOT about stopping bullying!”
Following that – a number of commentary articles . . .
1. Review handed to government – Prof Bill Louden briefs Coalition MPs
The review of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program and content has been handed to the Prime Minister by Professor Bill Louden from WA.
Mr Louden held a Briefing for Coalition MPs on Tuesday evening – about 30 attended, and many were very unhappy with what he presented. In essence, it seems that he endorsed most of the ‘content’ but made some comments about ‘parental notification’.
Coalition backbenchers – including Senators Eric Abetz, Cory Bernardi and MP George Christensen – are taking action. Senator Eric Abetz made an excellent statement to the media – see his 1.5 minute statement at the SMH article BELOW. He said, “It’s got more to do with pushing an agenda and not anything to do with genuine anti-bullying programs.”
Senator Abetz said he was confident that the vast majority of Australians supported his view – and that children should be allowed to be children and that bullying should be opposed.
FamilyVoice said that the review was too hasty, the terms of reference were too narrow, parents and others groups were not consulted and only five schools were visited.
Cory Bernardi and George Christensen are calling for a FULL parliamentary Inquiry into the whole Safe Schools Coalition program.
The REVIEW is due to be made public very soon by the Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, along with the government’s response.
Media report: Backbench launches second revolt against Safe Schools program cleared by review, SMH, 16/3/2016.
FamilyVoice Media Release: Safe Schools 'review' a stitch-up!
2. Coalition backbenchers: STOP funding the program – FULL Parliamentary Inquiry
Since Tuesday, Coalition backbenchers have been calling on the Prime Minister to suspend the funding for the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program, and to hold a parliamentary Inquiry into the program.
George Christensen circulated an Open Letter to the Prime Minister, calling on him to hold a full parliamentary Inquiry into the Safe Schools Coalition program, and to suspend funding whilst that is undertaken.
By 4pm Thursday 17 March, when the Letter was presented to the PM, 43 Coalition MPs had signed the letter. That’s a huge number, and poses a big problem for Malcolm Turnbull. Some Ministers on the front bench have also expressed serious concerns, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
The Daily Telegraph stated, “MALCOLM Turnbull has been left with little choice today but to axe funding for the controversial Safe Schools program or defy a majority of his backbench MPs and senior members of his cabinet. The signatures of 43 Liberal and National backbench MPs have been secured for a petition calling on the Prime Minister to suspend funding due to its sexual material and instigate a full parliamentary inquiry into the program…”
We will be watching carefully to see what happens!
Article: Safe Schools: Malcolm Turnbull forced to act on funding for controversial sex-ed program, Daily Telegraph, 18/3/2016/
3. Roz Ward says, “Safe Schools Coalition is NOT about stopping bullying”
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve quoted several statements by Roz Ward, the foudner fo the Safe Schools Coalition – including that the SSC is all about sexual diversity and gender diversity - and have been posting them on our Facebook page. At a rally last week she said, “I want people to know: I’m here, I’m queer and I’m not going anywhere.”
Roz Ward has actually SAID that the ‘Safe Schools Coalition is NOT about stopping bullying’.
At the Safe Schools Coalition National Symposium in June 2014, Roz Ward said that the program is NOT about stopping bullying – and IS all about sexual diversity and gender diversity.
“Safe Schools Coalition is about supporting gender and sexual diversity. Not about celebrating diversity. Not about stopping bullying. About gender and sexual diversity. About same-sex attractive. About being transgender. About being lesbian, gay, bisexual – say the words – transgender, intersex. Not just “Be nice to everyone. Everyone’s great”.”
Safe Schools Coalition Project Officer Joel Radcliffe also spoke at the symposium, saying the opinions of parents don’t really matter.
“(Parents) seem to have a lot of power over schools. Parents don't have the power to shut this down,” he said. “There's an insignificant minority that might have an issue with it. None of them really ever say anything. I know one person that does. The Principal knows how to deal with that person.”
FamilyVoice also issued a media release about this – click here.
4. A Range of articles…
4.1 AFA launches campaign website – ‘Kids Rights’
The Australian Family Association has launched a new website that focuses on the controversial Safe Schools Coalition and exposing what it is all about.
AFA ask us to:
1. Sign the petition (if you haven't already).
2. Email your politicians here.
3. Like and share our Facebook post about 'KidsRights'
4.2 Quadrant: Eight Key Queries About Safe Schools
A note from the editor and the Open Letter from sex educator Liz Walker, of the Youth Wellbeing Project, to Prof Louden…
Article: Eight Key Queries About Safe Schools
“If Safe Schools had been directed at promoting safety in, say, woodwork classes, would study units so obviously incomplete have been endorsed? Perhaps, but only if a vocal lobby were as eager to promote lost fingers as is gay activism's louder, loonier fringe to banish innocence . . .”
4.3 Merv Bendle has another good article at Quadrant.
He refers to the statements made by George Christensen in parliament about Professor Gary Dowsett, who is the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.
Article: “Your Kids, Their Lab Rats”, 17/3/2016.
The article begins:
“Safe Schools advocates shriek 'Homophobia!' at the suggestion their crusade to introduce young minds to cross-dressing and the like is anything other the 'anti-bullying campaign' they claim it to be. Let us hope there are still some politicians prepared to wear such abuse as a badge of honour.
“As expected, the so-called independent review of the Safe Schools Coalition program has proved to be a whitewash that opens the way for the compulsory application of the program in schools around Australia...
“Meanwhile, it has been alleged in federal Parliament that Gary Dowsett, the deputy director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at LaTrobe University, where the Safe Schools program originated, advocated a favourable view of paedophilia in an article published in 1982, when Dowsett was a school teacher (“Irate MPs plan Safe Schools rumble”, The Australian, 17/3). The article, published in Gay Information, identified three principal political objectives for paedophiles: winning custody rights over children for gay men and lesbians; ensuring the legal “rights” of paedophiles and their young lovers; and establishing the sexual rights of children. It sought to draw a comparison between the “sexual responses” of parents for their children and “the love of a paedophile and his/her [young] lover”. The article declared that “the current paedophilia debate then is crucial to the political processes of the gay movement; paedophiles need our support, and we need to construct the child/adult sex issue on our terms.”. . .
4.4 Bill Muehlenberg: What you MUST know!
Bill has a comprehensive article about our concerns with the Safe Schools Coalition.
Article: Seven Things You Must Know about the Safe Schools Program, 17/3/2016.
4.5 Daniel Andrews… ‘Safe Schools Coalition will continue in Victoria!
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is continuing to defend the Safe Schools Coalition Australia. He said that if the federal government did decide to DE-FUND the program, then the Victorian government would continue to pay for it to be run in Victoria!
Article: Victorian Premier guarantees future of Safe Schools program as Federal MPs call for scheme to be axed, ABC, 16/3/2016.