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VICTORIAN MP BACKS REALITY OVER GENDER IDEOLOGY

By Australian Newsletter

Western Victoria MP Bev McArthur has bravely taken a stand against radical gender ideology. McArthur criticised the Australian Academy of Science position that a woman is ‘anyone who identifies as a woman.’ The MP has called for women to sign a petition and for the Victorian Minister for Women to act. McArthur said, “It is most unfortunate that a body as highly-regarded and reputable as the Australian Academy of Science would blatantly politicise scientific definitions, particularly without properly considering the pernicious consequences that it could have for biological women. The prevailing far-left ideology of intersectionality and identity politics that seemingly now permeates all of our institutions, is out-of-touch with mainstream Australians.

As I expressed in the Parliament when opposing Labor’s legislation allowing Victorians to change the sex on their birth certificate at will, I support the rights of individuals to live their lives according to their identified gender, but this cannot come at the cost of scientific fact or the rights of women. The potential impacts on women’s sport for instance, cannot be understated. There is nothing to stop biological males citing the definition provided by Australian Academy of Science and asserting that they will participate in women’s competitions, to the detriment of fairness and women’s safety, due to the undeniable physical advantages possessed by males. Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, applauded the politician’s courage to defend truth and biological reality.

“So few politicians have been prepared to speak out against the radical gender agenda. They fear being bullied into silence, or simply ignore the dire consequences for women in all the scenarios. Bev McArthur has displayed rare courage and integrity by raising these concerns and being willing to act on them” Smith said.

Source: Binary

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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY PARENTS RIGHTS TRASHED

By Australian Newsletter

The ACT Legislative Assembly recently passed legislation under the pretext of banning ‘gender conversion therapy’. What this law in fact does is restrict parents’ rights to raise their children in accordance with orthodox biblical teaching. Further, it prevents church leaders from requiring adherence to biblical standards in areas of sexual standards and ethics. Unfortunately, the ALP/Greens Government’s 14 MPs outvoted the Liberal Opposition’s 11 MPs and the Sexual & Gender Identity Conversion Practices Bill passed. Under pressure from constituents the government made a minor amendment which indicated that “mere expression of a religious tenet or belief” will not be a banned conversion therapy practice.

Alistair Coe, the leader of the Canberra Liberals, proposed 2 important amendments in an attempt to improve the Bill. One was an amendment to exclude parents, teachers and counsellors from the application of the criminal provisions of the Bill and the other an amendment to protect faith-based schools and churches.  When those amendments were defeated, The Canberra Liberals then took a principled stand and voted against the Bill. Thousands of ACL supporters in the ACT sent 10,000 emails and made 1,000 calls to local members, voicing opposition to this dangerous law. ACL will now be making this an important election issue in the upcoming ACT election. This would not have happened without the courage and commitment of so many ACL supporters in the ACT and beyond.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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VICTORIAN LEGISLATION ATTACKS STUDENTS SPIRITUAL NEEDS WITHOUT REASON

By Australian Newsletter

The Victorian State Parliament may only be sitting occasionally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that has not dissuaded Reason Party Leader Fiona Patten MLC from slipping a bill into the Upper House targeting student spiritual support through school chaplains. The bill claims to ‘deal with religious privilege and uphold secular values.’ “The Education and Training Reform Amendment (School Employment) Bill 2020 will prevent a public school hiring non-teaching staff through a third-party provider. This is intended to prevent schools engaging Christian chaplains,” Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Victorian Acting Director Jasmine Yuen said. “This move diminishes spiritual support for children in public schools. It tells children their faith does not matter and that relevant questions cannot be answered for students with faith” Yuen said.

“Fiona Patten’s Bill marks a new wave of attacks on faith-based freedom and support in schools. Providing counselling for students through a chaplain has been a very good thing for student wellbeing. Nobody is seriously claiming otherwise. “Right now, with so much uncertainty, spiritual guidance forms part of a holistic support strategy. Parliament should see this brazen attack on student’s spiritual and emotional needs during the darkness of a pandemic for what it is and reject this unreasonable bill” Yuen concluded.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS CALL A SOLEMN ASSEMBLY

By Australian Newsletter

A number of Indigenous Elders have joined together to invite the people of Australia and other Indigenous Elders to join with them and together seek Gods face according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, and Joel 1:14, ‘for the healing of the land’. Spokesman Pastor Peter Walker said “We have been working towards a National Solemn Assembly for the last nine years. This is the moment we have been waiting for. We are praying for ‘times of refreshing’ and the ‘healing of the land’ as the scripture says in Acts 3:19, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” The ‘times of refreshing’ from the presence of the Lord that Peter the Apostle is talking about is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that is found in Acts 2:1-21 That is what Australia needs.

“We are praying that Australia will get a revelation of the love of God through Jesus Christ. Matthew 18:20 gives us the key, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name there am I in the midst of them.” We thank the National Council of Churches Australia and the National Day of Prayer & Fasting and other groups who are helping to facilitate the National Solemn Assembly on behalf of the First Nation People. We encourage you to pray together in your churches, in your homes and on the hills as we lift our nation up before God. Join us as you are able on Zoom between 9AM – 9PM any time on Saturday 26th September and/or Sunday 27th September at meeting room number 776881184: https://zoom.us/j/776881184

Source: National Day of Prayer and Fasting

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VICTORIAN INJECTING ROOMS EXPAND

By Australian Newsletter

The Andrews government’s first injecting room in North Richmond has brought a host of social problems, particularly during COVID-19. This has not dissuaded the government proposing a second at Victoria Market, nor have the injecting room activists held back from proposing another at St Kilda. “Accidental drug overdose deaths are tragic, but injecting rooms are not the answer,” the Australian Christian Lobby’s (ACL) spokesperson Jasmine Yuen said. “Social problems arising from the North Richmond facility, and the recently confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the facility add more frustrations to the already trouble-stricken community.” “The North Richmond injecting room has been an abject failure of public policy. Just as ACL previously warned, drugs have become more prevalent near the injecting room, creating a hotspot for drug dealers.

Proposing more injecting rooms for Victoria, despite the increasing problems around the North Richmond facility, pushes open the floodgates, turning more Victorian communities into drug dens and damaging the safety and livelihood of local communities. “ACL calls upon the Andrews government to reject calls for an injecting room at St Kilda, abandon its proposed Victoria Market site and close the failed North Richmond experiment. The government should instead send the clear message that illicit drugs are never safe, make drug rehabilitation mandatory for addicts and strongly police street selling. The City of Port Phillip should reject the St Kilda proposal immediately and send a strong message that illicit drug use is not welcome.”

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMISSION ACTION AGAINST SENATOR GAGS FREE SPEECH

By Australian Newsletter

The anti-discrimination system in Tasmania is a wrecking-ball to free speech, as a farcical situation surrounding Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler has demonstrated. The Senator’s recent opinion piece for the Hobart Mercury, advocating that women and girls’ sport should only be for the female sex, now sees her effectively gagged and dragged before an anti-discrimination tribunal. “The Anti-Discrimination Commission is acting beyond power, and in a way that threatens the functioning of our democracy,” ACL Tasmanian Director Christopher Brohier said. “The Commission’s action against the Senator effectively silences all Tasmanians who wish to speak the truth on these issues. “The Australian Constitution contains an implied freedom for all Australians to engage in political communication. This is essential for the functioning of our democracy. That freedom bars all governments from gagging Australians speaking truthfully in public.

“The ACL has consistently called for the repeal or restriction of such gag laws in Tasmania and Australia. Senator Claire Chandler’s case shows why. Laws should be repealed or ruled unconstitutional if they attack an MP for discussing an issue of great concern to her constituents. As Senator Chandler has said, this case is an attack not only on the freedom of speech but an attack on truth.” ACL called on the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to reject the complaint and for the Tasmanian Parliament to repeal these gag laws.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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SUPPORT FOR PRAYER IN BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL

By Australian Newsletter

Strong public support has been shown for prayer to continue in Council meetings. Many signed the ACL petition to the Brisbane City Council which opposed the call to remove Christian prayer from Council meetings. The petition affirming Christian prayer being included in the opening to Council meetings closed with 1,323 signatures. The petition for the removal of Christian prayer from Council meetings closed with 862 signatures. These numbers are encouraging. But even more encouraging has been support of the Lord Mayor for prayer in Council and the conversation that has ensued both publicly and privately regarding the importance of prayer. “As the reading of a prayer is a long standing tradition in all levels of government in Australia, this practice will continue to be followed during Council meetings” said Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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