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April 2021


By Australian Newsletter

Australia’s first demonstrations against gender clinics took place in Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart last week to raise awareness about risky medicalisation of young people who don’t fit sex role stereotypes. “I was very much a gender non-conforming little girl, a tomboy,” said feminist Taylor McGowan, 25, who joined a small group protesting outside the Queensland health department offices in central Brisbane. “Had I been a teenager growing up through this gender ideology I could have had health professionals tell me I’m probably trans, been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and given hormones and a mastectomy.” Ms McGowan, who had been on track to become a nurse, said Queensland’s new criminal law against “conversion therapy” discouraged legitimate non-medical responses to distress around puberty, such as psychotherapy or cognitive behaviour therapy.

Organisers said there were academics, lawyers and other professionals who did not join last week’s protesters because they feared being identified and branded as “transphobic” and losing their jobs. Children’s hospitals in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth have rapidly expanding gender clinics following the “gender affirmative” medical model, which offers puberty blockers to stop unwanted development and cross-sex hormones to mimic the body of the opposite sex. There is no medical intervention until the onset of puberty. Some under-18s are referred to private surgeons for mastectomy, but there is no good public data on gender medicine. Gender clinicians and transgender activists claim these interventions can be life-saving for those minors who suffer severe distress about feeling “born in the wrong body”, although the evidence on treatment safety, benefit and suicide risk is contested.

Mainstream media sought comment from the gender clinicians group AusPATH,  the health ministers of Victoria and Queensland, and the gender clinics at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and the Queensland Children’s Hospital however none would comment. After some years of muted concern, groups of worried parents and professionals including left-wing lesbians and Christians have turned to street protests, billboards and even truckside advertising to reach mainstream audiences they believe have been misled about gender medicine by elites, including “progressive” media outlets. Feminist Stassja Frei, who took part in the protests outside the office of Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley, said she had been drawn into the debate after seeing social media denunciation of a supposedly “transphobic” open letter by author JK Rowling.

“I imagined she must have said something straight out of the 1950s, and instead I found I agreed with everything she said,” said Ms Frei, who founded the non-partison  Coalition for Biological Reality. Ms Rowling’s June 2020 letter expressed alarm about a 4,400 per cent increase in female patients at Britain’s UK Tavistock youth gender clinic, and quoted experts suggesting it might be social contagion and questioning the suicide narrative driving medical treatment. Ms Frei said the affirmative gender clinic model demanded proper scrutiny by a parliamentary inquiry, highlighted the weak evidence base for treatments, the risk of regret and the emerging group of young adult de-transitioners who come to believe medicalised gender change was a harmful mistake.

“Mr Foley can’t ignore these issues forever, they will come back to bite him,” she said. This month, Britain’s National Institute of Health Care Excellence declared that the evidence for puberty blockers helping mental health was of “very low certainty” and the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of cross-sex hormones was “very low” quality. The findings feed into an official review of under-18 gender dysphoria treatments led by Dr Hilary Cass, a former president of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Two of the Australian protests had help from a new US-based group Partners for Ethical Care, which staged US protests outside gender clinics in New York City, Los Angeles and Utah.

Co-founder Jeannette Cooper said the group was “founded in compassion” and saw children as “victims of this normalisation of minors being medicalised for distress”. She said the key was to ask everyday people questions, “Do you think that children can be born in the wrong body?” or “Did you do anything as a teenager that you don’t feel good about now?”. Ms Cooper said she had lost all contact apart from letters with her trans-identifying daughter, now 14 and living with her father, because a judge accepted the child’s claim she felt “unsafe” if her mother did not go along with her new gender identity. The parents’ group Our Duty, with an umbrella organisation registered in the UK and an active branch in Australia, this week hired a truck to drive around Los Angeles, which has the largest youth gender clinic in the US, with the question “Who is Keira Bell?” emblazoned on its side.

Ms Bell, 24, is an English de-transitioner whose case against the Tavistock gender clinic led to a High Court ruling that the evidence for puberty blocking drugs is so weak that they are an “experimental” treatment, and children under 16 would struggle to give informed consent. This landmark decision on December 1 last year has been little reported in the US, and a search of Australia’s ABC website finds no mention of it. Our Duty turned to trucks after complaints led to removal of its LA billboard advertising the first mainstream book on the international explosion of gender clinic caseloads: Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by former Wall St Journal writer Abigail Shrier.

Her best-seller has been described as “transphobic” by the American Civil Liberties Union’s trans rights lawyer, Chase Strangio, who has campaigned for its suppression. The book was chosen as one of the “best books of 2020” by The Economist magazine. A concerned Newcastle mother, Judith Hunter, tried to book a billboard promoting Ms Shrier’s book in her home town in NSW last year but was refused. Last week the company she and her husband approached, JCDecaux, said the peak body Outdoor Media Australia had advised that the billboard was likely to “generate complaints and media attention”, a spokeswoman said. Ms Shrier said parents paid for billboards out of “desperation”. “They know their daughters have been harmed except that most of the media has no interest in getting the word out or warning other parents or telling their story,” Ms Shrier said.

Source:  Compiled by APN from media reports

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By Australian Newsletter

Women’s Human Rights Campaign (WHRC) Australia claims that international LGBTI organisations are working together to lower the age of consent. This makes paedophilia more accessible and, in some cases, even legal. “ILGA World – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – is actively promoting a “Feminist Declaration” which it describes as an alternative to the political declaration made annually by the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW”) that outlines the steps necessary to achieve gender equality. “However, deep within this detailed 16 page Declaration are provisions urging governments to “eliminate . . . laws limiting legal capacity of adolescents . . . to provide consent to sex” “The document also calls for governments to “End the criminalization and stigmatization of adolescents’ sexuality”

WHRC is concerned that the “demands would remove the ability to protect children from exploitation by adults and older adolescents.” ILGA began as a male gay rights organisation, however it is now “exerting a powerful influence on women’s human rights”  with an emphasis on self-declaration of sex, that is biological males can call themselves women and vice versa. Australian organisations have signed on, some of whom are government funded. “This document has apparently been signed by 200 organisations including the YWCA Australia which is the contract holder for the Equality Rights Alliance, which is funded by the Federal Government and is Australia’s largest network advocating for women’s equality.

“According to ILGA’s website Australian member organisations include ACON, Australian Greens LGBTI members, Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Human Rights Law Centre, Sydney Star Observer, UTS Sydney Queer Collective, Sydney University Postgraduate Rep. Ass., Wear it Purple and many others.” Arguments to lower the age of consent are usually framed so as to grant more freedom to teenagers to explore sexuality with one another. The results of course would be starkly different, as teens would become available to adults of all ages without fear of legal prosecution. Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said lawmakers must be aware. “This is an incredibly serious issue. The more society is de-gendered, language hijacked and euphemisms employed, the greater the risk to our children. Lowering the age of consent will grant unhindered access to paedophiles.”

Source: Binary

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By Australian Newsletter

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told a national Christian convention he was “called to do God’s work” as Australia’s leader. A video of his speech was filmed at the Australian Christian Churches conference on the Gold Coast and circulated widely to the Australian secular media by the Rationalist Society in an attempt to discredit his Christian faith. At the Conference Morrison said he looked for signs from God while on the 2019 election campaign trail, and had practiced the evangelical tradition of the “laying-on of hands” and praying while working. He also called the misuse of social media “the work of the devil” and urged other believers to pray against its “corrosive effect on society”. “Sure, social media has its values and enables us to connect with people in ways we’ve never had before,” Mr Morrison said. “But those weapons can also be used by the evil one and (as Christians) we need to call that out.”

Mr Morrison also said he had once asked God for “a sign” while visiting an art gallery on the NSW central coast. “And there right in front of me was the biggest picture of a soaring eagle … the message I got that day was, Scott you’ve got to run to not grow weary, you’ve got to walk to not grow faint, you’ve got to spread your wings like an eagle to soar like an eagle,” he said. He also told the crowd how he had practiced the laying-on of hands during a visit to the Pilbara following a cyclone there. Morrison said “I’ve been in evacuation centres where people thought I was just giving someone a hug but I was also praying, and putting my hands on people whilst praying in various situations.  God has, I believe, been using us in those moments to be able to provide some relief and comfort and just some reassurance.”

Source: Compiled by APN from media reports

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Father, help us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, like it says in Your Word. Have you been wondering why you should intercede for people you don’t like? Have you been at a loss for words for HOW on earth to pray for people who hate God and hate everything He stands for? If so, I want to encourage you today with the Word of God—and equip you to pray in power even for people you don’t like. First, why should you pray for people you don’t like? This is the easiest question we address today: we pray for people we don’t like because Jesus commanded that we should. For example, in Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus told us: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

The Word of God is clear that we should pray for people we don’t like—even for people who persecute us. But why? WHY would the Lord command us to do such a thing?

The answer is twofold:

  1. According to Matthew 5:43-48, obeying God in this area makes us like Him. After all, each and every one of us were God’s enemies before we gave our lives to Jesus. Yet, God in His mercy forgave us. We deserved to die in our sins, but Jesus gave His own life for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8); while we were still the enemies of God.
  1. We are to pray for people we don’t like because our prayers open the door on the earth for God to move. Psalm 115:16 tells us: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.” This means that the Lord has delegated stewardship of the earth to us. Jesus has ultimate authority, but He has made us His “middle-managers,” if you will. And since He has delegated stewardship over the earth to us, placing us in authority over it, He needs us to pray and ask Him to move in order for Him to have permission to move on the earth.  This is why your prayers are so important, even when you’re praying for someone you don’t like. But you don’t have to pray the same way for the ungodly as you do for the righteous—and that’s a big key to effective prayer.

When you’re praying for the righteous, you can and should pray for all the blessings to come into their lives that God promises to the righteous! After all, they meet the conditions! Anyone who is obeying God has the right by covenant to receive all of God’s blessings! But people who are not obeying God do not meet the conditions to receive His blessings. For those people, therefore, we must pray differently. We pray:

  1. For them to be saved and give their lives to Jesus, for it is not God’s will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  2. We ask the Lord to change their hearts and make them aware of their need for Him.
  3. We ask Him to convict them of their sin; to show them Jesus, so they will know what righteousness looks like; and to convict them of judgment, showing them that there is no hope or future in their sin.
  4. We ask God to loose Heaven into their lives and that He would change their hearts so that such a blessing is even possible.
  5. We pray that the Lord would bind them and prevent them from doing evil.

John 16:7-11 says this: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” Holy Spirit’s job on the earth is to convict the world, to convict both sinners and the righteous of their sin; of what righteousness looks like and why they need to be righteous; and to convict them of judgment. Therefore, our prayers along these three points release Him and give Him permission to work in this way among the wicked.

Additionally, however, we also need to pray to bind evil. As an intercessor this means:

* We ask the Lord to give us righteous leaders.

* We ask the Lord to remove any leader who is not leading the country into the ways of God.

* We ask the Lord to restore the great Restrainer of evil—the Holy Spirit Himself—into our governments at every level (including at the local level), so that evil will be restrained and prevented.

* We ask the Lord to compel our leaders to walk in the ways of God and speak the words of God, even if they have zero intention of doing so.

Remember the story of Balaam in Numbers 22? Balaam was paid by a wicked ruler to speak curses over Israel. However, the Angel of the Lord—whom the Bible indicates is the pre-incarnate Christ—came personally to stand against Balaam, saying: “Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me” (Numbers 22:32b). In this passage, someone who claimed to be from God was exposed by the Lord Himself as walking in perversity, and God Himself came to stand against him!

However, the story didn’t stop there. The next day, even though Balaam’s way was perverse, God placed His own words in Balaam’s mouth and he spoke a major blessing over the people of Israel—despite that fact that he had begun his journey and been paid to do harm to God’s people! Wow! What a story!

We actually see scenarios repeated over and over like this in the New Testament. One after the other, pagan kings rise up in the nations around Israel—but God uses them to accomplish His own purposes toward Israel. Yes, sometimes those purposes are for discipline. Sometimes, however, God uses the pagan kings for the preservation of His people … and sometimes He converts them. The ways of God are perfect, and they are past finding out. This doesn’t mean we should ever agree with lies or injustice. We should never turn a blind eye to evil. We should never “look the other way” and ignore anything that goes against the Word of God. As it says in Isaiah 8:20: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

We have to remember this: our convictions, prayers, and conversations must remain 100% aligned with the entirety of God’s inerrant, infallible Word—the Bible. But it does mean that we must pray for our leaders, for our family and friends, and for everyone else—whether we like them or not. We must ask the Lord to accomplish His purposes in them and through them. We must remember:

* That God loves sinners as much as He loves His children;

* That the heart of God breaks whenever He sees anyone caught up in sin; therefore, we must pray in sympathy with His heart so that His plans can come forth.

When we see things from God’s perspective, it suddenly becomes easier to pray that His Kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth—even in the lives of people we don’t like—just like His will is done in Heaven. When we are willing to admit that God can work even the plots of men out for the good of His people and His Kingdom, then it becomes easier to pray along those lines. Again, the people we are praying for don’t have to have any intention of honouring God in order for God to use them. God is able to use people, nations, and kingdoms for His purposes even when the people are completely unaware that He is doing so. So beloved, in these trying times, I encourage you: Don’t fall into sin by refusing to pray for those who hate you. Let’s respond rightly, in accordance with God’s Word, whether you are faced with a neighbour you don’t like, a friend who mistreats you, or a national situation or leader you’d rather not pray for. Anything less is rebelling against God.

The truth is that we, as intercessors are not accountable for the actions of people for whom we pray. However, we are accountable for responding rightly, and for obeying God in personal holiness by yielding to His command to pray. Therefore, beloved, if you are dealing with someone who hates you, please understand that God loves them too. Pray that righteousness and justice, which are the foundations of God’s throne, would be established in your life and in the lives of every person around you. Pray for every person and situation in sympathy with the heart of Jesus, that Jesus would no longer be grieved. And as we pray, let’s believe God together that He really meant it when He said:  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Source: Jamie Rohrbaugh of Intercessors for America


By Australian Newsletter

The catch cry of Chaplain Lieutenant- Colonel Canon David Garland was “nothing is too good for our soldier boys”. It epitomises the heart of a man dedicated to the soldiers he served. Born in Ireland in 1864, Garland migrated to Australia at the age of 22. He successfully advocated for the introduction of religious education in schools, which became law in WA in 1893 and later in QLD in 1910. He began as an army chaplain to those about to embark for the Boer War in 1896. In 1915 he was appointed Senior Chaplain to the Queensland Expeditionary Forces, made an honorary Lieutenant Colonel and served at the training camps in Enoggera Army Base, whilst also running a parish. His concern was to make life better for those who had volunteered to go to war. He directed the ‘Soldiers’ Help Society’ to assist the troops.

Whilst serving in the Middle East in 1918-1919, he established eight clubs to give the soldiers an alternative to pubs and brothels. He became the first Chaplain to conduct Holy Communion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. He acknowledged the contribution and sacrifices of the Light Horsemen in a report about their work in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria: “Our troops here have made a magnificent contribution. It is not too much to say that the collapse of the enemy throughout the world was at least hastened by the cavalry feat which, sweeping Palestine and Syria in a manner unknown in history, ensured Turkey’s break-away from Germany. I fear that the hardships endured and the magnificent fighting done by the Australian Light Horse have not been fully realised in Australia.

It may safely be said that nowhere had our Australian soldiers harder conditions or more strenuous fighting or less relaxation and comforts, which facts make our work all the more necessary.”1 Always an advocate for aboriginal rights, he recruited the first aboriginal half-castes to the army as soon as the government allowed them to join. He was the honorary secretary to the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland. In January 1916, the committee and people endorsed 25th April as Anzac Day and Garland was primarily given the difficult task of creating the format for a service that would be acceptable to the various religious, military, government, business and community groups. He carefully selected hymns, odes and poems that would be acceptable to the wide variety of parties and included the minute’s silence.

After the war, he was active in establishing public war memorials and initiated Anzac ribbons which were sold to provide funds to build the war memorials and for the upkeep of soldiers’ graves as well as assisting returned veterans. He initiated the Anzac Day marches, the first of which was held in Brisbane on April 25, 1916 with 8,000 men marching through the streets. He lobbied for Anzac Day to become a public holiday in all states which he achieved by 1930. His selfless and untiring work for the soldiers, their families and the community were recognised in 1934 when he was awarded an OBE for his services to the community. He died in 1934, aged 75. Garland was filled with a deep desire that the troops’ efforts were not to be forgotten. He admired the sacrificial service of the volunteers but bemoaned that society as a whole did not embrace this attitude.

“There must be an expansion of the spirit of sacrifice; it must go deeper and wider until it permeates Australia as a people. The two lessons I think we most need to learn are unselfishness and self-denial”. These echo the Anzac values of sacrifice and mateship. Today they are needed more than ever. We are privileged to live in a free nation because of the sacrifice of those who have gone before. Let us truly honour and appreciate the price they paid for our freedom.

Source: Written by Jill Curry for the Diduno Network

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By Australian Newsletter

For the past decade, on a day in August, Australians have been encouraged to ‘Wear It Purple’. In particular our school students are targeted with this campaign, with schools right across our nation enthusiastically promoting the event. All areas of employment are getting on board, including our police force. Promoted as a day in which to ‘celebrate diversity and young people from the LGBTIQA+ community’, a darker, very alarming, side has emerged. ‘Wear It Purple’ is a member organisation of ILGA World (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association). Under a cloak of ‘gender equality’ speak, this influential global federation is currently lobbying for governments to erase child protection policies and to lower the age of consent for minors.

The document in question is the “Feminist Declaration”. Section 14a calls on governments to “eliminate all laws and policies…that limit the exercise of bodily autonomy, including laws limiting legal capacity of adolescents, people with disabilities …to provide consent to sex…” Section 14g goes on to call on governments to “End the criminalisation and stigmatization of adolescents’ sexuality, and ensure and promote a positive approach to young people’s and adolescents’ sexuality that enables, recognizes, and respects their agency to make informed and independent decisions on matters concerning their bodily autonomy, pleasure and fundamental freedoms”. The feminism tag is being used to support an agenda to remove the ability to protect children from exploitation by adults and older adolescents, adding to the already alarming rates of sexual abuse of young girls.

Age of consent laws have been put in place to protect children and young people from sexual exploitation and abuse. They effectively determine that children and young people below the age of consent are not mature enough to guarantee their safe participation in sexual activities. A child can be persuaded by an unscrupulous adult to be a ‘willing’ participant in sexual behaviour, but our laws rightly make it clear that sexual interactions between an adult and a person under the age of consent is considered to be abusive. What possible reason is there for us to remove these provisions? ‘Wear It Purple’ must distance themselves from ILGA and the Feminist Declaration. If they do not, parent groups across our nation must rise up with one voice and say NO to their schools maintaining any association with the organisation.

Source: Wendy Francis – Australian Christian Lobby

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By Australian Newsletter

Melbourne schools are under pressure to stop using the terms “mum” and “dad”. Schools are instead being urged to use the word “parent” as part of an LGBT campaign claimed to improve “inclusivity” around “gendered” words. Unisex bathrooms, non-gendered sporting teams and the flying of rainbow flags are also being pushed as part of the LGBT agenda. Some schools are even being encouraged to stop teachers and pupils from using words including mum, dad and boyfriend in a controversial bid to banish gendered words. Instead, ‘parent’ and ‘partner’ is preferred.

The suggestions come as the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network launched its #SpeakingUpSpeaksVolumes campaign to support LGBTQI+ students in schools.  The campaign used material from Proud2Play and VicHealth which included strategies for schools and sports – including non-gendered teams and the use of rainbow flags.Parents were also being asked to question others about what pronouns they used. Earlier this year staff at Australian National University were asked to use the terms “gestational parent” instead of “mother”, “non-birthing parent” rather than “father” and “chest-feeding” in lieu of “breastfeeding”.

Source: The Daily Mail

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By Australian Newsletter

Christian Democratic Party Founder, the Rev Honourable Fred Nile MLC has announced his retirement from the NSW Parliament after 40 years service. His retirement will take affect from November 2021. The CDP’s State Board has unanimously agreed, that Lyle Shelton, former Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, will be his successor subject to the agreement of the CDP’s State Council. “It has been the privilege of my life to represent Christ’s values in the NSW Parliament on behalf of the Citizens of this great State. I am delighted to be recommending Lyle Shelton as my successor and  I am confident this news will be received with great enthusiasm by our Members. The need for unashamedly Christian voices in public life has only increased in recent years and I can think of no one better than Mr Shelton to carry this forward,” Rev Nile said.

Mr Shelton said: “I am honoured that Rev Nile and the CDP State Board have recommended that I succeed him in the NSW Parliament and lead the party into the future. I look forward to seeking the support of the party’s State Council. There has never been a greater need for Christian ethics and principles in our parliaments.” Rev Nile was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 1981 and is the longest serving current sitting member of the Parliament. He has been a constant champion for the natural family, human rights for the unborn, religious freedom, the dignity of women, measures to combat binge drinking, drug rehabilitation services, gambling advertising reform and much more. Rev Nile achieved many legislative successes, notably his Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act which banned remaining forms of tobacco advertising in NSW.

His Smoking Regulation Act which banned smoking in motor vehicles was also passed. His vote secured the first Aboriginal land rights legislation passed more than 30 years ago, something the Indigenous people of NSW remember with gratitude. Another significant achievement was the Parliament’s support of Rev Nile’s motion condemning the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides. Rev Nile leaves a formidable legacy and Mr Shelton said he was looking forward to the challenge, along with the Party’s Members and Supporters, of continuing this legacy into the future. Rev Nile will remain active in the Party as Immediate Past President, Honorary Chairman of the Board and Editor and Chief of the Party Newspaper, Family World News and email Newsletter Salt and Light.

Rev Nile will continue his support for many organisations including, NSW Aboriginal Land Council; Australian Christian Nation Association, The Christian World View; The Australian Army Reserve (in which Rev Nile served); St. George 45th Regiment and The 30th Scottish Association;  Australian Monarchist League, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy;  The Jewish National Fund,  Australian Jewish Association,  NSW Jewish Board of Deputies ; Family Life International and Australian Christian Lobby.   Rev Nile’s long-standing support will continue with the many ethnic organisations including The Armenians, the Coptic Christians, the Assyrians, the Macedonians and the Greeks. Additionally, Rev Nile will continue his support with his many Charities including St Vincent Hospital and Cancer Council and SMS Lighthouse.

Source: Press Release from the office of Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC

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