NSW Abortion Legislation – A Letter to my MP

A couple of piece of legislation are before the NSW Parliament’s upper house (the Legislative Council) that seek to vastly loosen the current restrictions on abortion and to proscribe various forms of protest against abortion. The Roman Catholics, who are always excellent on this issue, have a great summary of the situation: The first of these […]

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Marriage Law in Australia - A Brief Survey

One of the arguments raised in the ongoing discussion here in Australia over “gay marriage” is that the Howard Government's Marriage Amendment Bill 2004 [pdf] imposed an unfair and unnecessary restriction upon the understanding of marriage in Australia. The Bill was quite simple – here's the original text: Schedule 1—Amendment of the Marriage Act 1961 1  […]

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Women Bishops in the CofE - Voting at General Synod

Saturday 10 July 2010 saw probably the most tense voting yet on this thorny subject at the Church of England General Synod. Over the course of the day, Synod voted to note the report of the Revision Committee which we have written about previously. The Committe, remember, were unable to agree on legislation to provide […]

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Fulcrum Ditch “Fellow” Evangelicals, but Issue a Minority Report

Perhaps the most intriguing party in the ongoing bun fight in the CofE over Women Bishops are Fulcrum, who describe themselves as “Renewing the Evangelical Centre” while, it seems, consistently opposing positions that evangelicals have historically held. If they represent the “evangelical centre” of England then that centre is currently situated somewhere in the Bermuda […]

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