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6 March 2015
It’s always a challenge to select a few items that are significant in our endeavours to highlight the way society is drifting from the Biblical model laid out in Scripture as the ideal.
Here’s some of the news from the past fortnight…
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3 March 2015
Another year – another homosexual mardi gras in Sydney. The festival is held over several weeks, with a huge number of events. The most public event is the ‘parade’, with its floats, caricatures and political statements. The parade is held on Saturday 7 March, 2015 from 7.45 pm (source).
Each year, the demands expressed in the parade seem to increase – with homosexual groups advocating for ‘marriage’, adoption and equality. All under a theme of "diversity, acceptance, and LGBTQI rights" (source).
The defence forces are now marching in uniform, school students participate, and so do some Christians…
The homosexual group Freedom 2 Be, which acts as a ‘support group for charismatic and Pentecostal homosexual Christians’, is marching again, under the slogan ‘Proudly Free’ (source). Last year, 100 Revs, a group of ministers supporting homosexuality, marched, promoting ‘marriage equality’.
This BRIEFING provides information on sponsors/partners, crowd numbers, broadcast by SBS. You can take action by making a complaint to SBS and contacting advertisers (or choosing other products).
2 March 2015
The recent escalation of violent attacks by followers of Islam, both in Australia and around the world, has culminated in the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, making a ‘National Security Address’ to the nation last week about the increasing threat of ‘home-grown terrorism’…
Full details of the speech, and the proposed measures to deal with the increasing terrorist threat, are detailed below.
[Read the text of the speech – click here.]
This Briefing provides an overview of recent 'jihad' attacks in Australia and overseas, the federal government's proposed new laws and responses by the Muslim community in Australia.
Attack in Sydney and follow-up review
The siege at the Lindt café in Sydney in December, by Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Muslim sheik (article here), has brought terrorism closer to home, and the media and politicians are suddenly more aware of the threat.
Two weeks ago, the hostages from that siege visited federal parliament and Mr Abbott reflected on the atrocity of that event.
The standards on commercial TV are set by Free TV Australia... they are currently doing a review of the 'Code of Practice'....
We are very concerned about the changing of classification 'times' - with M rated programs able to be shown from 7.30pm (currently 8.30 pm) and MA 15+ programs from 8.30 pm (currently 9.30 pm).
This would LOWER TV standards significantly and negatively impact on children and teenagers.
The proposal is that the G-rated category would disappear altogether - currently early morning, 4pm to 7 pm weekdays and 6 to 10 am on weekends!
PG programs would be all day instead.
In addition, alcohol and gambling ads would be shown EARLIER, as they are allowed in M rated timeslots.
Tell them we want the Code of Practice to stay as it is…
Reject the proposed changes:
- removal of G-rated times and replaced with PG all day
- M-rated timeslots move from 8.30 pm back to 7.30 pm (currently it is PG from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm);
- MA-rated timeslots proposed for 8.30pm (currently 9.30 pm);
- Extremely violent AV programs would be reclassified as MA15+, thus allowing them to be screened at 8.30 pm.
Also, the complaints process will be much harder to comply with.
ALSO the content allowed in each of these categories would change if the Free TV Proposed Code is adopted ...
Family Voice report, "In the guidelines for the M category, for example, suicide may now be shown in realistic detail – at 7.30 pm! At present, such a program would be rated MA15+. Illegal drug use in M programs cannot be shown in detail at present – but could be shown in detail under the Free TV proposal."
Have YOUR say - make a submission to Free TV by 3 April 2015.
Ask that the CURRENT classification times remain - REJECT the proposed classification time changes...
Click here for our CAMPAIGN page - with full details and links...
24 Feb 2015
The Victorian Labor government, led by Daniel Andrews, is wasting no time in implementing its pro-homosexual policies…
Having already established a Minister for LGBTI Equality, and announcing the expansion of the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ into ALL state secondary schools, they are now implementing their promise to allow ADOPTION by homosexual couples.
On Saturday, Martin Foley, the Minister for LGBTI Equality, announced a ‘timeframe’ for legalising same-sex adoption…
He has asked a barrister, Eamonn Moran PSM QC, to conduct a REVIEW of the current laws. Mr Moran is a “former Chief Parliamentary Counsel and a current Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission” and report back by early May 2015.
Terms of Reference
The government’s statement and the Terms of Reference have been published:
The Terms of Reference state
“In carrying out this work the reviewer must take account of the following:
- the Victorian Law Reform Commission Final Report on Assisted Reproductive Technology and Adoption (2007);
- laws permitting adoption by same sex couples in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Tasmania;
- other relevant Commonwealth or State legislation and any relevant case law.”
NOT about WHETHER to allow adoption by same-sex couples
This is NOT intended as an inquiry to consider WHETHER Victoria should legalise same-sex adoption... instead it is about HOW it will be done!
“The scope of the review will be limited to determining the technical legislative changes required to permit adoption by same-sex couples. The review will be to establish the best ways to legislate for adoption equality – not whether it should occur or not.”
The Minister said,
“[The review] is not whether adoption equality will happen, it is about the best way to make adoption equality a reality for the thousands of Victorian families and children who live in a grey legal haze."
The statement says,
“The reviewer will prepare proposed drafting instructions for the preparation of Victorian legislation to permit adoption of children by same sex couples under Victorian law for the Government’s consideration. The reviewer will complete this work and submit it to the Minister for Equality by 8 May 2015.”
SUBMISSIONS are invited… they close on 23 March 2015
Since the government has already affirmed that they WANT to legalise same-sex adoption, we can’t guarantee that the review will take any notice of our submissions – but we must make them anyway!
An interesting aside…
Prior to the election, it was announced that Labor would have a “dedicated Cabinet role” for ‘equality’.
Well they have a ‘Minister for Equality – Martin Foley – but he has MORE portfolios that any other minister in the cabinet – He’s the Minister for Minister for Creative Industries, housing, disability and ageing, mental health and equality!
Homosexual media article:
Foley sets time frame on adoption equality in Victoria, Gaynewsnetwork, 21/2/2015.