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GROG AND DOPE FUEL OUTBACK FELONIES

By Australian Newsletter

Extra police have had to have been sent to Numbulwar on the Gulf of Carpenteria, where leaders are grappling with petrol sniffing and the arrival of “frightening amounts” of alcohol and cannabis. Unrest in the Northern Territory community of 687 people has coincided with a series of crimes. Community leaders have called a meeting of residents to discuss concerns, including the safety of nurses who were recently barricaded in their house while people threw rocks and made threats. The community has a health clinic, a school and a police station. Locals believe some children in the community have recently been sniffing petrol and getting into petty crime, including damaging the health clinic vehicle. Northern Territory Police have responded to the crisis in Numbulwar.

Further south in the Central Australia community of Yuendumu, additional officers have been working with local leaders to deal with a spate of crimes by juveniles over the January holiday period. Recent break-ins at the homes of teachers, police and health clinic staff at Yuendumu have prompted one health worker to leave town. The possibility that other health clinic staff could follow has caused deep concern inside the NT government. The last time the clinic closed was in November 2019 when health clinic workers were evacuated in response to a series of break-ins at the nurses’ quarters. It meant there were no health workers in Yuendumu a few hours later when 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker was shot dead by NT Police Constable Zachary Rolfe.

Walker, who had brandished an axe at officers a few days earlier, was killed as police tried to arrest him. Walker stabbed Constable Rolfe with scissors in the moments before the first shot was fired, according to evidence presented at a committal hearing in September. Constable Rolfe has been charged with murder and will stand trial in Darwin in July. His lawyer has indicated he intends to plead not guilty. In a media statement about the recent troubles at Yuendumu, NT Police confirmed it had sent extra police to the community of 760 people to deal with the outbreak of juvenile crime. Police have charged two youths following a number of recent property offences. Superintendent Jody Nobbs said: “Additional officers had been sent to the community to support local police in their investigations.

“Police have been conducting reassurance patrols and are working with stakeholders to ensure continued provision of services to the community and as a result, the two youths were arrested and there have been no further incidents since Christmas.  This recent spate of offending has been committed by a very small cohort of young people who have been identified and are being dealt with according to the law.” While the youths are due to appear in court at a later date, at least some young offenders have also been dealt with by adults in the community. Children who stole an ambulance in Yuendumu were caught when they got trapped due to heavy rain. According to locals, when the children were brought home, men in the community disciplined them according to local custom.

Source: Compiled by APN from media reports

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VICTORIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES DRACONIAN LAW ON GENDER TRANSITION

By Australian Newsletter

The Victorian government’s Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 was passed last week by the upper house, 27 votes to 9. Not one of the reasoned amendments were passed, which leaves parents with children who are exploring their gender identity and, doctors, psychiatrists or psychologists who provide medical care for these children, at risk of complaints of change or suppression practice if they do not affirm and support gender transition. Children and young people presenting with gender dysphoria are left with only one treatment option – to transition gender. Prohibited actions under the Bill include “carrying out a religious practice, including but not limited to, a prayer-based practice”. The prohibition applies whether or not the subject consented to the prayer-based activity. The penalty is up to 10 years’ in jail or an enormous fine.

It is also of serious concern for any Australian writing, discussing, teaching or debating ideas and theories around sexuality, gender, transgenderism or biological sex. The concerns of the Victorian AMA, the RANZCP and the Law Institute of Victoria as well as of faith leaders were ignored. The Bill was also opposed by gay & lesbian groups, feminist legal centres among others. The Andrews government failed to listen to any voice of concern. Only two Liberal/National Party members voted against the bill with all others supporting the Labor Party in voting the Bill into law. In addition to the two Liberal members others who voted against the Bill were the Shooters & Fishers, the Derryn Hinch Justice Party (2), Sustainable Australia, the Liberal Democrats (2) and one Independent.

Source: Australian Family Association

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CALL TO TEACH SATANISM IN QUEENSLAND SCHOOLS REJECTED BY MP

By Australian Newsletter

A call to include Satanist lessons in Religious Instruction in Queensland State Schools is the latest stunt by former Sex Party candidate, Robin Bristow. Queensland parents have applauded Queensland Education Minister, Grace Grace, for her swift response. “Satanism has never been taught in Queensland schools, and it never will be on my watch.” It is very clear that Bristow has no interest in Religious Instruction, rather he is opposed to religion. Bristow has stated that he is not a believer in the supernatural. He regularly refers to his followers as the ‘heathen,’ again, the very definition of which is ‘a person who does not belong to a widely held religion.’ For the purposes of Australian Law, a religion must include belief in the supernatural and a belief or practice cannot be properly characterised as a religion if it is no more than a parody of a religion or a sham.

Australian Christian Lobby’s Queensland Director, Wendy Francis, has thanked Ms Grace for her ongoing support of Religious Instruction and her rejection of this attempt at parody of religious belief, something that is very important to the majority of Australian families.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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I4GIVE DAY LAUNCHED TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRAGIC DEATH OF 4 CHILDREN

By Australian Newsletter

A year on from the tragic car crash that killed three of their children, Danny and Leila Abdallah urged others to embrace forgiveness as they marked the anniversary of the four children’s deaths. Last Monday 1 February, i4give Day took place to coincide with the anniversary of the deaths of Antony, Angelina and Sienna Abdallah and their cousin Veronique Sakr. In the aftermath of the crash, Mrs Abdallah told reporters “I think in my heart I forgive him” – referring to the intoxicated driver of the vehicle who pleaded guilty to four charges of manslaughter in October, last year. Now, in partnership with the NSW Government, Mrs Abdallah is urging others to honour the legacy of her children by incorporating forgiveness into their own lives. In an interview to launch i4give Day, she said “Forgiveness is very important, not only for us but for everyone.”

“Forgiveness is the way to healing” Mrs Abduallah said. Wearing a necklace with the initials of her deceased children, she acknowledged the outpouring of support from the public following their deaths. “Everyone was touched by it,” Mrs Abdallah said. The Abdallah and Sakr families hope that i4give Day will keep the memories of their children alive, and also be a chance for people to consider the power of forgiveness. Veronique Sakr’s mother Bridget said that she hopes the children’s deaths allow people to “mend bridges with estranged family members and move forward, to love each other in peace and harmony”. Mrs Abdallah echoed that sentiment. “We all get hurt in our life. But then the question is, ‘Is it worth it?’… the pain and regret that you have to live with for the rest of your life,” she said.

The family also spoke about the pain of their first Christmas following the children’s deaths. Mrs Abdallah said her family wanted to be left alone to cry and pray together. But for the sake of their surviving children, they had decided to put up a Christmas tree and get them two presents each. “One from Antony, Angelina and Sienna, sent from heaven. And one from Santa”.  In a radio interview on Christian station Hope 103.2, Mr Abdallah also revealed that the family’s faith has shaped their attitude of forgiveness. “Forgiveness is the core of our faith,” he said. “Christ forgave us for our sins, so who am I not to forgive?” “We choose not to have anger and resentment and bitterness.” Mr Abdallah said that he and his wife wanted to model forgiveness for their surviving children. “Kids don’t do what you say, they do what you do” he said.

“We choose not to have anger and resentment and bitterness. This is the biggest cross someone could carry. We’ve lost our kids. We had to accept the unacceptable.” But in the midst of their grief, Mr Abdallah said they have found peace in forgiveness. “You don’t know what Christ’s peace is until you forgive.” Mr Abdallah said that he hopes i4give Day will prompt the public to “reflect on their own lives and say, ‘These people were able to forgive in the most atrocious of conditions’. They can look at themselves and say, ‘What am I fighting over?’” Adding that forgiveness is not exclusive to Christians, he encouraged the greater public to think about their relationship with loved ones. “Ring each other and reconcile,” he urged. The i4give website will direct the public towards resources to help those dealing with grief, as well as trauma counselling services.

Source: Hope 103.2FM

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ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST CHRISTIAN SERVICE IN AUSTRALIA TO BE CELEBRATED

By Australian Newsletter

At 6:30pm on Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at St Philip’s Anglican Church, Rev Dr John Dickson will be speaking on the same text as Rev Richard Johnson preached on at the first Christian service held in this land, Psalm 116:12. ‘What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me?’ Rev. Johnson’s actual Bible and Prayer Book used on that occasion will also be on display. The Service will be Live Streamed at https://www.youtube.com/c/churchhillanglican/live  Please join early at 6:20PM AEDT. The current church houses Australia’s oldest parish. St Philip’s Church has associations with the spiritual development of the colony of NSW and with a number of prominent people including Governor Arthur Phillip, the Reverend Richard Johnson, Governor Hunter and Edmund Blacket.

The first two churches were named for Sir Arthur Phillip, but the current church was named in honour of St Philip the Evangelist. The foundation stone for this building (the third St Philip’s) was laid on 1 May 1848, that being the feast day of St Philip and St James. In addition to the celebration of the first Christian service, National Christian Heritage Sunday gives opportunity for Churches across Australia to celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ arriving on Australia’s shores. Australia’s first minister, Rev. Richard Johnson, arrived with the first fleet on the 20th January 1788. Then, on 3rd February 1788, Rev. Johnson held the first Christian service in Australia. National Christian Heritage Sunday is celebrated across Australia on the first Sunday in February each year. The date for 2021 will be Sunday 7th February.

For further Information on National Christian Heritage Sunday go to www.nchs.net.au  To read more about Australia’s early Christian history go to The_Hand_of_God.pdf (chr.org.au)

Source: National Alliance of Christian Leaders

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