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You may have heard that quite a few people are unhappy about the revised national curriculum, planned to replace the current one now operating in schools across Australia. 

Teachers complained that the original curriculum, introduced by the Gillard government some ten years ago, was “too crowded”.

Indeed it was. So what parts do you think Australian education “experts” are proposing to cut out?

There are no prizes for guessing that the deleted/grossly inadequate bits include our Christian heritage and the history of Western civilisation.

The current curriculum is not OK. But the revised version is far worse.

Take for example the new draft version for “Humanities and Social Sciences” (HASS), which includes history, geography and civics education. 

If you search for words or phrases in the document, you will find that the words “Christ, Christian, Christianity” appear a total of 16 times, sometimes in a very minor context. “Islam, Islamic, Muslim” appear 12 times. “Britain, Europe” appear 74 times.

But “First Nations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous”? These terms appear a total of 329 times! 

The curriculum uses the term “invasion” seven times and “genocide” twice, to describe British settlement in 1788. 

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is among several Aboriginal critics of the proposed new curriculum. She says it is “dangerous” and leaves Aboriginal history “open to complete misinterpretation and manipulation”.

“Education is no longer education, but ongoing indoctrination,” she said.
 
Warren Mundine, another Aboriginal leader, shares Jacinta’s concerns. He has attacked the revised national curriculum, claiming its authors have sought to create a society where people are divided by the colour of their skin. 

“They’ve gotten the balance all wrong,” he said.
 
Federal education minister Alan Tudge has also been open about his curriculum concerns. Flaws he has mentioned include its failure to require the teaching of reading by systematic phonics from the beginning of schooling, and its lack of evidence-based methods in other areas such as number skills.

“The national curriculum, it goes to the heart of what children are taught. Not just the content but the values which are embedded in it,” Mr Tudge said (in part).
 
“We absolutely have had tough times in the past and students should learn about that. But fundamentally students should come out school with a love of this nation and what we have achieved together. They should understand our deep Indigenous history.

“They should (also) understand our deep British foundations which set the scene for our great democracy, built on Judaeo-Christian values.”

What can we do?

Send a quick message now to the Prime Minister and Education Minister Alan Tudge asking them to require a rewrite of the proposed national curriculum to place a proper emphasis on our Christian heritage and Western civilisation.

Peter Downie

National Director - FamilyVoice Australia

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You may remember the uproar last November when Donald Trump claimed he would have won the US presidential election if there had not been large-scale voter fraud.

Some of his allegations were backed by eye-witness reports of irregularities in the pre-poll and postal voting, and in the checking and counting processes. Nevertheless, the courts refused to hear some cases and dismissed others for technical reasons.

Kurt Mahlburg of the Canberra Declaration says: “That is America. What about here at home in Australia? Are our elections secure – or are they vulnerable to the level of fraud that could ultimately swing the outcome of a vote?”

He goes on: “It is often said that Australia’s electoral systems are among the best in the world. But a 2015 University of Sydney study on election integrity found that Australia ranks just 34th out of 139 nations — behind New Zealand, Canada, Lithuania, Costa Rica, and many European countries.”

Mahlburg quotes former federal Liberal MP and minister Christopher Pyne, who said in 2000: “There are a lot of people out there who have been involved in electoral frauds for purposes of pre-selections or elections who are too terrified to come forward and talk about it.”

NSW electoral commissioners R. Cundy and Ian Dickson said: “… that the electoral system is open to manipulation is beyond question… fraudulent enrolment is almost impossible to prevent.”

Following the 2016 federal election, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that over 18,000 letters were sent by the AEC to voters who had voted more than once. Three years earlier, 18,000 such letters were sent following the 2013 election. None of these people faced prosecution, even though they could have changed the result in some marginal seats.

During the 2017 same-sex marriage plebiscite, 248,000 envelopes sent to Australian homes were marked “return to sender” for having an invalid address. Even though the Australian Electoral Commission had provided the wrong addresses, these glaring irregularities were never investigated.

What can be done?

Mahlburg has three suggested solutions:

First, legislation must be passed requiring voters to present ID before they are allowed to vote, including for postal voting. Second, while the paper ballot system should stay in place, a digital electoral roll must be introduced to prevent a person casting their vote at one polling station before moving on to cast additional votes elsewhere. Third, the electoral roll must be corrected by removing the thousands of deceased, unverifiable and false enrolments.

FamilyVoice submissions

FamilyVoice made submissions and gave evidence in person to inquiries following several past federal elections. We recommended key changes to prevent electoral fraud, including the requirement for voters to present ID before they vote or cast a pre-poll or postal vote.

Liberal MPs on the inquiry committee generally agreed with us. By contrast, Labor MPs strongly disagreed, claiming that people without ID such as the homeless, would miss out. We pointed out that this problem could be overcome in several ways. But in the end, nothing was done.

I thank those like Kurt Mahlburg who are pushing for effective protections against voter fraud. I pray they may succeed. Our democracy depends on it!

Peter Downie - National Director

FamilyVoice Australia

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A peaceful night vigil of 2000 passionate voices at WA Parliament on June 16 declared ‘No life is disposable at any time’ and pledged to “confront our State’s shame and to offer life-affirming help in its place” amid law changes that attack the safety of thousands of women and their children.

Rally co-host and FamilyVoice WA Director Darryl Budge, Nick Goiran MLC, and several other speakers from the WA-based Coalition for the Defence of Human Life, addressed the crowd with the sobering reality that we must change the culture one-to-one, as 190,000 WA lives have been lost to legal abortion since 1998.

The highlight of the night was the heart-warming and shocking testimony of Anouska Firth, who boldly shared that despite growing up in a religious family she aborted two children with full knowledge of what she was doing.

Abortion and attempts to numb the painful truth “was a huge part in my rapid decline into severe depression, anxiety, paranoia and drug abuse,” Ms Firth said.

“I was off and on again homeless, heroin and meth and everything else addicted, facing time in prison for criminal charges.”

After joining the Esther Foundation rehab program in Perth, Anouska went to a Silent Grief Conference, run by Lynn Sirname, where she began to confront the reality of abortion.

“Please hear me clearly now as I say that by the grace of God in His Glorious love, I have not only been forgiven but I have been liberated and set free,” she said.

“No amount of relationships, counselling, medications, drugs, therapy or programs can compare to the perfect and pure love of God. When I faced the truth, I was so horrified in what I had done that I knew only God could save me and forgive me. Praise God by the blood of His son, Jesus, He has.

“I stand before you all now, not a victim of my past, or a condemned murderer, but a forgiven and redeemed woman. The constant torture, torment, shame and guilt that I experienced for years has been completely washed away.”

Mr Budge told the crowd that culture can be turned around by renewing our commitment to provide care to distressed parents and families.

There is hope because several surgical abortion clinics in regional NSW and Queensland have closed, and the rate of abortions per total births in WA is gradually falling below 1 in 5.

Sadly, the heartless WA government has the parliamentary numbers to attack babies even more. “It aims to pass a bill that will lock up anyone guilty of helping a woman in distress near an abortion clinic for 12 months and fine them $12,000,” he said.

Australian Christians party director and rally co-host Maryka Groenewald told the gathering that pushing women to have abortions without providing appropriate care and informed consent is “medical negligence”.

This lack of care also extends to the embarrassing and inadequate palliative care funding which falls short by $100 million in WA, she said.

Over 1000 people signed a petition, open until July 19, which urges the WA Attorney General to release the Coroner’s Court recommendation into over 26 WA babies born alive and left to die. Hundreds of churches will be gathering more signatures over the next month.

Shadow Attorney General Nick Goiran MLC spoke powerfully on the history of this issue, his long running campaign on it, and why the petition will make a difference.

Prior to a sobering minute of silence, Mr Budge reminded the gathering that abortions are now officially at least one in three Australian deaths, and 1 in 5 pregnancies are cut short by violent abortion.

In 2020, Liberal-government-enacted Medicare funding for remote abortion consultations increased the take-up of the RU486 pill that starves the baby of sustenance in the first 10 weeks.  This killing pill “accounted for 2900 of the 7947 abortions in WA, up from less than 3 prior to 2009,” he said.

“As a nation we must reverse this course that is crushing our citizens, as it is crushing our future as well. Australia has descended from a peak of over 3 children per childbearing-age woman to a record low of 1.7.

“We are headed for a demographic winter, a rapidly aging population, unless our nation’s culture and laws embraces and protects unborn children again – and allows pressured and distressed women to freely seek help, while fleeing pressure or abuse, no matter where they are in Australia.

“We are on a trajectory to meet China and Italy at their low 1.3, half of what a self-sustaining country needs.”

The crowd joined in rousing prayers from Archbishop Emeritus Barry Hickey and Victory Life Associate Pastor Marika Court, and was stirred to action for the unborn by CDHL Vice-President Dwight Randall and to investigate euthanasia protection kits as announced by Steve Klomp of Right to Life WA.

Anouska Firth asked the crowd many sobering questions.

“What are we as a people going to do about it? What are we as a church going to do about it? Who is going to stand and speak for those who cannot?” she asked.

“It is up to you and me to stand and to speak out and say enough is enough! So I implore you—Wake up! Every person has a right to life and we have a responsibility to help them fight for it.”

Mr Budge publicly thanked Nick Goiran MLC and Neil Thomson MLC at the rally for being present and for engaging with the disturbing reality of abortion.

The petition, organised by CDHL president Darryl Budge, is available at http://cdhl.org.au/resources/.