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The Commonwealth has made a submission to the High Court, asking that the High Court rule that the ACT same-sex ‘marriage’ Act is INVALID.
The High Court will hear the appeal on 3-4 December, 2013.
The Submission is 24 pages long and makes very interesting and enlightening reading!
The High Court has a WEBPAGE relating to this case - click here.
The SUBMISSION is online - click here.
The SUMMARY of the Commonwealth’s submission is under 'Part V - Argument' on pages labelled 1 and 2.
If you just read these TWO pages, you will have a good idea of the argument...
The final paragraph of this Section states:
The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 (ACT) (ACT Marriage Act), in purporting to clothe with the legal status of marriage unions solemnised in the ACT between the persons it identifies (including but not limited to its purported extension of marriage to same-sex unions), is:
5.6.1. inconsistent, within the meaning of s 28(1) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cth), with the Marriage Act and the Family Law Act; and
5.6.2. repugnant to the Marriage Act and the Family Law Act (Sections 5 and 6)."
The Commonwealth's submission provides a very insightful overview of the law regarding marriage in Australia – there are sections on marriage pre 1901 (and the beginning of the Commonwealth), 1901-1960, the 1961 Marriage Act and the 2004 Amendment which stated that marriage is the “union of a 'man and a woman' to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
The Commonwealth Government's submission re the ACT legislation can be
found at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/cases/c13-2013/Cth-ACT_Plf.pdf
Please pray that the High Court upholds the appeal by the Commonwealth and overturns the ACT law on 'same-sex marriage'.
We were sent a link to this video – which shows children being asked what they think about same-sex ‘marriage’. The video was done as part of the ‘Kids React’ series for You Tube by the 'Fine Brothers'. They do a wide range of subjects, with responses from teens and elders as well as children.
In this film about same-sex 'marriage, they interviewed 13 Californian children between the ages of 5 and 13.
The video, which is 15 minutes long, has already had 6.4 million views!
The children were shown TWO PROPOSALS of ‘marriage’ by same-sex couples and then asked their views. Most of the children support the idea, focusing on the love and romance. Some are a bit confused about the subject.
The FULL Kids React video on You Tube (with proposals and 'Facts')
– 15 minutes.
+ Did you know that 'Headspace', the federally funded youth mental health program, is actively promoting the normalisation of homosexuality - all in the name of 'mental health'?
+ Did you know that 'Peninsula Pride' is operating in the Mornington Peninsula, run by the Frankston 'Headspace centre' - and that they are already working with SEVEN local secondary colleges?
+ Did you know the Peninsula Pride leaders told students, "Now is the time to learn who you are, to find out if you are homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual. The way to do it is to try it and see how you feel."?
Yes, homosexuality is being promoted as 'normal' in our schools' - read on to get even more alarmed!
AusAID disbanded – but aid funding continues!
I received an email ‘graphic’ this week (I've included it fyi) and was asked to comment… I thought I'd share my response as it relates to recent developments about overseas aid ...
The graphic featured a poor child from an overseas nation. It claimed that the federal Coalition government had ‘secretly disbanded AusAID’ on 31 October. It also claimed, “In one of the most despicable acts of any Australian government in history, it seems we can’t afford to help these children any more.”
It went on to compare this with the government's action relating to a coal mine...
How TRUE is this?
When we receive this sort of information, we need to be VERY discerning....
I'll share with you my response...
+ In brief...
It is true that AusAID was actually disbanded this week. But it wasn’t secret.
And overseas aid will STILL be provided to overseas nations - and poor children!
+ Pre-election statements by the Coalition on aid...
Prior to the election, the Abbott government announced that they would remove Labor’s projected Budget increase in overseas aid – removing $4.5 billion over the next four years - but would continue to increase the amount spent on aid by the CPI each year (source). According to Age journalist Mark Butler, who is critical of the move to close AusAID, "spending will now grow only in line with projected inflation, from about $4 billion this year to $4.2 billion in 2016-17." (Source)
The point is that it will not decrease from the current level - it will actually increase by the CPI each year.
+ OUR COMMENT
We have always said that it is HOW overseas aid is spent that is important... and WHAT it is spent on! We have followed Dambisa Moyo's work - a Zambian economist who wrote a book called 'Dead Aid' - she is critical of big government handouts as aid - she says that small agency work and humanitarian aid are good. She says aid to big governments encourages corruption and laziness. Her website - http://www.dambisamoyo.com/
We oppose the use of overseas aid for abortion - less overseas aid might mean we don't give it to Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International as we have been doing for the past few years since the Rudd government changed the rules to allow overseas aid money to be given for abortions!
We believe that overseas aid needs to be properly supervised, not just 'handed over'!
+ It isn't only the Coalition that had reduced aid spending...
Labor had also reduced their expected spending on aid: The previous Labor governments had a policy of increasing the proportion of Gross National Income to 0.7% by 2017-2018. Initially proposed for 2013-2014, this had twice been deferred.
In the past year, Labor had ‘shifted’ $375 million of the aid budget to assist with ‘refugees’ and boat arrivals (source), and then provided additional aid money to PNG for hospitals and schools in return for them agreeing to take boat arrivals (source).
+ The disbanding of AusAID - Was it 'secret'?
In a word - NO. . .
Shortly after the new government was sworn in, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in September that AusAID would be disbanded and that the administration of overseas aid would be done by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (ABC report - ABC report). Aid agencies criticised the move, as might be expected (source). They claim that aid should be separate and not influenced by 'foreign policy' objectives.
The Coalition could be following the lead set by the conservative Canadian and New Zealand governments - they have both recently put the administration of their overseas aid funding into their foreign affairs departments.
+ What of the next claim?
“In one of the most despicable acts of any Australian government in history, it seems we can’t afford to help these children any more.”
This statement infers that, because AusAID is being closed, Australia won't be giving money to help these children...
That simply isn't true.
+ What about the second part - the coal mining deal?
First, it has nothing to do with the overseas aid funding - it is being used to cast aspersions on the government - linking two topics the writers want to comment on...
A September 2013 article from the SMH reports that, "Most mines in the basin are owned by two Indian companies, Adani and GVK, though magnates Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart also have significant interests."
So yes, Gina Reinhart is associated with the mine.
However, the companies have been working on getting approval for the mine for the past FIVE years - this is not something that has 'suddenly' been approved by the new government.
Another huge mine in the basin was approved last year - by Labor Minister Tony Burke - the "The Alpha Coal project" - a joint venture between GVK and Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Coal - was approved in August last year and is expected to be up and running in 2016."
So it isn't just the Coalition government approving coal mines that are linked to Gina Reinhart! Labor has done so as well!
Another factor - a lesson in clear thinking
Just because the government APPROVED the mine does NOT mean the government spent the $7 billion! That's what the company will SPEND on the mine - or what it is WORTH in yield!
And the company will be paying a lot of royalties and taxes!
The graphic tries to link the author's claim that Australia won't give aid to poor children with a suggestion that the government is giving LOTS of moeny to a wealthy woman!
The claim is certainly spurious and is used to try and garner support by linking coal mining with the AusAID issue!
+ Another warning - read the 'small print'
Who is behind the graphic?
At the top right hand corner, it reads 'brought to your attention by those filthy left-wing socialists at The barricades'.
Who really knows who they are?
+ The moral of this story?
- Read everything VERY carefully!
- Be discerning!
- Don't forward on all the emails you receive!
- Check to see if emails are 'hoaxes' (I received one today that started in 2003!)
- Check the accuracy of information you receive!
Around the world an incredible number of Christians are being persecuted. We need to pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering.
This Sunday, 10 November 2013, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
We encourage you to get your churches to specifically pray for persecuted Christians this Sunday. Of course, we need to pray for them throughout the year . . .
Check out the IDOP website - it has resources, information, Bible readings, devotional material, a 7 minute video to play in your church and a 3 min introductory video and so on... http://idop.org/
Elizabeth Kendal writes detailed Briefings about religious liberty around the world, focusing on the persecution of Christians.
Elizabeth also provides prayer information, titled 'Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin" - website http://rlprayerbulletin.blogspot.com.au/
Barnabas Fund, led by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, helps persecuted Christians, often in Muslim-majority nations: Website: http://barnabasfund.org/AU/