Our children deserve to have something to look forward to, that's why Salt Shakers is dedicated to helping Christians understand the times and equipping them to be salt and light by upholding Biblical values and by being more aware of the ethical issues affecting our society.
The Surrogacy Bill has passed the House of Assembly in Tasmania. The proposed Bill allows surrogacy for homosexuals and single women as well as heterosexual couples. NONE of the amendments proposed by the Liberals were passed. The Surrogacy Bill now goes to the Legislative Council, sometime after the 24 May. We need EVERYONE to ACT on this! Two things to do: Watch our latest video comment - and contact the Tasmanian Legislative Council MPs!
Ask Legislative Council MPs to vote against the Surrogacy Bill to protect children, ensure children have the right to be brought up by their biological mother and father and tell them that surrogacy introduces problems for the birth mother and her family! See our Campaign page for this Bill - click here.
One really important story from Queensland - a woman who acted as a 'surrogate' for a male homosexual couple now has 'deep regrets' about what she has done - she didn't realise how much she would be adversely affected by handing over the child. Article:Surrogate mother says 'I should never have given him up' - Courier Mail, 9 May, 2011. Watch our video clip on surrogacy...
Victoria's new Coalition government has ordered a parliamentary inquiry into the controversial Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, which was passed by the Labor-controlled parliament in 2006. The Coalition parties opposed the introduction of the Charter of Rights.
Attorney-General Robert Clark has criticised the Charter and has promised changes.
See more on our campaign page - you can make a submission to this Inquiry!
Victoria's Liberal/National Coalition government has announced they will make changes to the state's Equal Opportunity Act.
Many people were upset that the previous Labor government had removed the right of Christian schools and organisations to employ people who have the same faith and beliefs. Labor's amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act had included an 'inherent requirement' clause, which meant schools would have to show (at VCAT) that it was an 'inherent requirement' of the job to be a Christian, etc. The changes were due to commence this coming August.
Attorney-General Robert Clark and Premier Ted Baillieu have announced that this clause will be REMOVED! That's GOOD NEWS for Victorians!
They will also remove the 'unchecked coercive powers' that were given to the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission - the Commission would be able to investigate 'systemic discrimination' but will now have to get VACT authorisation to compel organisations to hand over documents or attend the Commission.
The government has also said that the 'equal opportunity' law that forced sports teams to allow either sex to participate would be repealed... for instance, lawn bowls clubs have been forced to allow men to play in women's competitions and pennant teams - that will now change. Read Media Release - click here.