AUSTRALIAN PRAYER NETWORK NEWSLETTER
Australian News will not be produced next week due to editorial staff being overseas in Armenia undertaking ministry in that nation. The next Australian News will be sent on Wednesday 30th September 2015.
To mark the end of National Marriage Week, Christians are invited to attend rallies in cities across Australia in support of Traditional Marriage on Sunday 20th September 2015 at 2 pm.
Rallies are being held in CAPITAL CITIES – Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide. For information on these rallies please go to www.unityaustralia.org
PROMOTION OF QUEER SEX AND GENDER THEORY IN SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT BE GOVERNMENT FUNDED
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has called on Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne to de-fund the $8 million Safe Schools Coalition of Australia which is promoting radical sexual experimentation in Australian schools. “Bullying for any reason is wrong and should be combatted but teaching primary school students about ‘queer sex’ and cross-dressing without parental permission is not the way to do this,” ACL spokesperson Wendy Francis said. Some of the inappropriate material promoted in the 361 schools now taking the program include: “It may come as a surprise, but there is no strict definition for virginity, especially if you’re queer. Penis-in-vagina sex is not the only sex, and certainly not the ultimate sex. If you ask me, virginity is whatever you think it is.” (Source: I’m Queer Safe Schools student resource).
Ms Francis said this and other material was being promoted in primary and high schools around the nation. “Our society is already over-sexualised without extreme sexual material and gender theory being promoted in schools. Children have the right to their innocence. The political ideology carried by this program denies children this right.” Students are taught that it is ok to change gender, for boys to wear girls’ school uniforms and that they should be allowed to girls’ toilets. “Girls’ toilets should always be a safe place for them and should be off limits to a boy who might be transitioning into a girl. No one should be bullied at school, including children grappling with same-sex attraction or gender confusion. But promoting radical sexual and gender theories to children without parental consent is not the role of the Federal or State Governments.”
Safe Schools was funded during the final days of the Gillard Government and launched by the then Education Minister Bill Shorten. Its funding was retained by the Abbott Government until 2017. The program also urges children to support the political push to abolish husband and wife from the Marriage Act (Source p22. Stand Out Safe Schools Publication). “Many of those promoting Safe Schools, such as Labor Senator Penny Wong and Mr Shorten, are also behind the political push to change the definition of marriage in law. If this is where this political agenda is taking us, people should be rightly asking ‘what comes next?’ if same-sex marriage is legislated.” Ms Francis said. Ms Francis urged concerned parents to contact their local federal and state members of parliament. Safe Schools is funded federally but state governments allow access to schools.
Background to the program is that during the 2013 federal election campaign, Bill Shorten and Penny Wong announced an $8 million program to “stop homophobia”. The “Safe Schools ” program officially commenced in 2014 under the Coalition Government. Since then it has been teaching students that heterosexuality is not the norm, and encouraging students to explore sexual and gender diversity. The program materials also include graphic descriptions and tips for gay and lesbian sex. Here are some quotes from Safe Schools publications “Scott, you like boys and girls, I like Asian women. Neither of us can help that, it’s just who we are.” (Source: I’m Queer Safe Schools student resource) “Everyone should be able to wear the uniform that makes them comfortable. No one should be made to feel uneasy, especially when they’re at school” (Source Gender is not uniform Safe Schools school resource)
Source: Australian Christian Lobby
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AUTISM RATES BLOW OUT IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Children with autism-spectrum disorders have flooded the trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in South Australia making up almost half of all participants, contributing to a blowout in the numbers which could be replicated across the country when the full scheme launches. The trial has doubled in size after bilateral agreements were negotiated between the state and the commonwealth which predicted only 5085 children aged up to 14 would be eligible. Instead, the figure is closer to 10,000 and 46% of them have autism, a scenario for which there were no preparations, according to Disability SA executive director David Caudrey. “That is a much bigger proportion than we were expecting,” Mr Caudrey said. “A lot of children who have autism have been coming out of the woodwork, these are children who were not known to the state system at all who have come to sign on to the NDIS.
Mr Caudrey said other trials around the country were experiencing similar rates although it was more obvious in South Australia because the trial there deals specifically with children. Depending on the site, those with autism feature between 24 and 33% of the time, making it the second-highest impairment category. But experts are worried slippery diagnoses and amorphous definitions of need will mean that rate skyrockets. Intellectual Disability Association of SA chairman David Holst said parents were understandably flocking to a system for support when previously they had received none, but added that this posed risks. “Everyone is excited there is finally a program but the cost risk is substantial and the client numbers are very fluid,” he said. “If the number of participants rises beyond 460,000 there is a very real risk either the budget blows out or the existing pool of money is rationed for everyone else.”
Children with autism qualify for early intervention packages which are capped and come in three levels of support between $6000 and $16,000 a year. The latest Bureau of Statistics data, from 2012, shows 115,400 Australians have autism, up from 64,400 in 2009, the year on which the Productivity Commission based its assumptions. Mr Holst said the NDIS early intervention packages needed to be up to $50,000 a year in order to produce the outcome of helping clients earlier and reducing costs to the system later. “We are seeing parents trying to get their children with slight learning difficulties into the scheme and they are succeeding,” Mr Holst said. “We have listened to feedback identifying issues around early intervention and autism,” the report says and have responded by engaging expert researchers and practitioners from universities around Australia to review and update the evidence on best practice.’’
Source: Compiled by APN from media reports
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STUDY FINDS HOMOSEXUALS LESS HEALTHY AND NOT AS HAPPY AS HETROSEXUALS
A major study funded by the Australian government has found that homosexuals are less personally fulfilled, have more health problems, and are not as happy in their relationships as “straight” people. In fact, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) surveys reveal a marked difference in people’s experiences based on their sexual identity. Participants are followed over time, and in-depth interviews are conducted annually with all adult members of each household. For the first time in the study’s 12-year history, respondents’ sexual identity was researched as it relates to life satisfaction. The results were striking. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual people fare far worse than heterosexual people on literally all well-being and social support measures studied, and such homosexuals consistently reported significantly lower “life satisfaction.”
Dr. Roger Wilkins of Melbourne’s Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research said the negative experience of gay people paralleled people living with a learning difficulty, chronic pain, or limited use of their limbs. “The difference in average life satisfaction between gay, lesbian and bisexual people compared with heterosexual people is comparable in magnitude to the difference you see between people with a moderate disability and people who are not disabled,” said professor Wilkins, who authored the study. The HILDA report compiled responses from 12 “waves” of Australians between 2001 and 2012. The wave 1 panel consisted of 7,682 households and 19,914 individuals. In wave 11, this was topped up with an additional 2,153 households and 5,477 individuals.
The survey asked respondents to rank their friendships, feelings of loneliness and happiness, and ability to get help in times of trouble. It asked about general and mental health. It asked about smoking, relationships, partner satisfaction, and family dynamics, among other topics. Gay people were less likely to live with a partner and, when they did, were more likely to wish they had never entered the relationship. In every one of the social and personal areas, homosexuals responded with measurably lower scores than “straight” men and women. “It’s really striking that the health and well-being of gay people is markedly lower than heterosexual people,” Professor Wilkins said. Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality said “The differences between heterosexuals and homosexuals in this Australian study are actually less dramatic, compared to some other social science surveys.”
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