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27 Nov 2015
Read our latest News Update - news from the past fortnight, including the Victorian parliament passing the ‘safe access around abortion facilities’ Bill, Tas discrimination, politics, Islam and more…
The Paris meetings on climate change, known as COP 21, are scheduled to go ahead next week, despite the recent Islamic terrorist attacks. The meetings – and negotiations - last for TWO weeks – from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
This Briefing provides background on the UNFCCC, the Paris talks, and Australia’s position – and invites you to write to our three political leaders who will attend – to ask them to NOT SIGN the treaty!
What is COP 21?
(And UNFCCC and Kyoto…)
COP stands for Conference of Parties – and it is the 21st session of COP. These meetings are organised by the United Nations – in particular, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The ‘United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’ is a TREATY and now a section of the United Nations.
According to the UNFCCC,
“In 1992, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to cooperatively consider what they could do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with whatever impacts were, by then, inevitable.”
In December 1997, the KYOTO PROTOCOL was adopted and “entered into force on 16 February 2005”. This treaty imposed “internationally binding emission reduction targets”, with actual targets for reduction of CO2 and greenhouse gases on the countries that signed it (see UNFCCC page on ‘Kyoto Protocol’).
Countries were invited to ‘sign up’ to the treaty. Australia only signed the Kyoto Protocol after Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister in December 2007. In fact it was the first official act of Mr Rudd’s government (source).
The COP 21 meetings in Paris – and a ‘new global treaty’
The COP 21 event lasts for TWO weeks, and an estimated 40,000 people will be attending the COP 21 meetings and associated events!
The formal documents, speeches and events relating to COP 21 are posted online here.
A new global treaty on ‘climate change’
The UNFCCC is proposing a new global treaty on ‘climate change’. The Kyoto Protocol is running out, with the ‘second commitment period’ finishing in December 2020.
The UNFCC believes that the Kyoto Protocol is just the FIRST step.
“The Kyoto Protocol is seen as an important first step towards a truly global emission reduction regime that will stabilize GHG emissions, and can provide the architecture for the future international agreement on climate change.”
The UNFCCC refers to a Working Group that met in Durban – in essence the UNFCCC wants a NEW treaty agreed to at the Paris COP 21 meetings in order to have a legally binding agreement on emissions implemented by 2020:
“legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties and for it to come into effect and be implemented from 2020.”
(see UNFCCC page on ‘Kyoto Protocol’).
Australia’s position – then and now
When John Howard was Prime Minister, the Coalition government did not support the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, believing that it impinged on our sovereignty. Under Tony Abbott’s leadership, Australia didn’t ‘officially’ support the CO2-climate change / global warming mantra. The Coalition did adopt some ‘direct action’ measures, but acted to remove the ‘carbon tax’ imposed by the previous Labor government.
However, things have changed.
Malcolm Turnbull has long supported the ‘global warming’ notion. In fact, their difference in view on ‘global warming’ was the primary motivation behind the election of Tony Abbott as Liberal leader, replacing Malcolm Turnbull, in December 2009 (info here).
Greg Hunt, the Minister for the Environment, who will attend the Paris talks, said in a speech this week at the National Press Club (25/11/2015) that it is “a deeply personal goal and commitment, as well as a national objective" to achieve an agreement on ‘climate change’ at the Paris talks.
If you had any doubts about the new Coalition government’s position, consider this:
Mr Hunt said,
“Climate change is NOT a matter of belief, it IS a matter of science. Inaction is simply not an option, and we all know this.”
He spoke about acting to limit the temperature increase to under 2 degrees.
The SMH noted the change, stating, “The speech marks the latest sign in the government's turnaround on commitment to climate action under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull, who will also attend the Paris talks along with Mr Hunt and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.”
Our political leaders at COP 21 in Paris
Three government Ministers will be attending the Paris COP 21 talks. PM Malcolm Turnbull is attending – Greg Hunt is attending the FIRST week – and Julie Bishop is attending the SECOND week (when final decisions get made!)
So it remains to be seen what our leaders will do…
Will they sign the proposed Treaty that will affirm ‘global warming’ and commit our nation to reduce CO2 emissions even more?
Signing the treaty will impact on our national sovereignty and commit us to a course of action dictated by UN officials rather than our own parliament.
If you want to read more, read Rowan Dean’s article commenting on Christopher Monckton’s speech about the impact an international climate change treaty will have on sovereign nations – at the end of the article he comments on the possible actions of Mr Turnbull and Ms Bishop… click here.
Please contact the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; Hon Greg Hunt, the Minister for the Environment and Hon Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister.
Ask them not to sign any proposed treaty in the PARIS climate talks as it will reduce our national sovereignty…
Hon Malcolm Turnbull - https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
24 Nov 2015
Some people are speaking openly and forthrightly about the nature of Islam itself and the need to be discerning about who is saying what.
Today, Peter Costello published a very forthright article about the problems of Islam. He criticised the platitudes of political leaders who say ‘This has nothing to do with Islam’.
Recently Waleed Aly, the ‘Islamic spokesman’ and darling of the ABC, Channel 10 and The Age, made a call for us all – Muslim and non-Muslims – to be ‘united in love’.
Mark Durie responded to Waleed that we need TRUTH as well as love.
Bernard Gaynor pointed out that Waleed wants us all to be ‘united’ but NOT to talk about the passages in the Koran or the basis of the actions. . .
23 Nov 2015
The use of the abortion pill, known as RU 486, is increasing in Australia, and around the world. Even GPs have been trained to administer the two drugs that are used that make up a ‘medical abortion’ (info). We recently reported that the Tabbot Foundation had been set up to provide the RU 486 drugs IN AUSTRALIA – sending them by POST after an initial PHONE CALL!
Of course, often medical problems result from the use of the drugs, with the woman needing to attend a hospital or doctor to receive emergency medical help.
Another situation that has arisen from the administration of the RU 486 ‘medical abortions’ is that some women REGRET taking the first abortion drug ( Mifepristone) and seek help from a doctor or pro-life counselling centre to see if they can REVERSE the effect of the drug and stop the abortion taking place.
The GOOD NEWS is that it can be reversed – so long as appropriate action is taken quickly enough.
Real Choices, a group in Australia that provides “professional education and training around reproductive health issues including unintended pregnancy and assisted reproductive technologies, particularly for the health and welfare professions and individuals working in the volunteer sector”, led by Debbie Garratt, a registered nurse, has a page on their website titled, “Reverse Medical Abortion”.
The webpage states,
“If you have taken Mifepristone (the first drug given in medical abortion) in the last 24 hours, reversal may still be possible for you. In the United States, there is currently about a 55% success rate for women to successfully continue a pregnancy and have a healthy baby.
We can find a physician to help you with the progesterone protocol, but it is very important that you act quickly for greatest chance of success. We can provide your doctor with the protocol and follow up requirements. The treatment involved inserting a progesterone pessary into your vagina each day during the entire first trimester of pregnancy and having ultrasound to determine foetal heartbeat. . .”
They link to a website in the USA called Abortion Pill Reversal which explains the procedure and protocols involved.
For a good article about the US program, which says they have almost 300 doctors world-wide to help women that call their 24/7 hotline, see:
Doctor Saves 213 Babies After the Abortion Has Already Started, Wait Until You See How, Life News, 4/11/2015.
“A North Carolina doctor is saving unborn babies and giving their mothers hope that they can reverse a nearly fatal mistake. Dr. Matthew Harrison has helped 213 mothers reverse the effects of their chemical abortions and saved their babies’ lives by using a new abortion pill reversal technology, Fox 46 in Charlotte, North Carolina, reported. . .”
Real help in Australia – Australian Mifepristone Reversal
Real Choices has recently announced that they are launching “Australian Mifepristone Reversal” which will provide support, medical assistance and a protocol for reversing the effect of RU 486. Debbie writes, “Before we can begin making this option known to women, we must recruit enough medical practitioners around Australia prepared to offer the service. We now have the finalised protocol and patient information and consents ready to go as well as a 3 year business plan and we are ready to begin recruitment….”
They plan to develop a ‘network of medical practitioners to make available progesterone therapy to women seeking reversal of mifepristone after commencing a medical termination of pregnancy’, to ‘develop an evidence base to support the use of progesterone in mifepristone reversal’ and ‘better understand the experiences of women who seek mifepristone reversal’. They are also inviting financial support to assist in establishing the service which they hope to have operational 24 hours a day.
If you are a medical professional (a doctor - or a nurse who could support a woman undergoing the reversal), or involved in pregnancy counselling, please contact Debbie at Real Choices for more information if you would like to be involved.
A new website has been set up - http://mifepristone.org.au/
For the rest of us…
If you’re not a medical professional, it’s important to know that a medical abortion can be reversed if action is taken quickly enough. You might like to support Real Choices as they establish this important service.
As Debbie writes, the reversal of the medical abortion provides hope to women.
Debbie recently wrote,
“In the past 8 weeks, we have been contacted by 4 women desperately seeking reversal of a medical abortion. This may not seem like many, however in that time, we have not marketed or promoted this service anywhere at all. In fact at the time the first 2 contacted us we hadn't even made our final decision to launch Australian Mifepristone Reversal. It was these contacts that affirmed for us that this is a service women are calling for, and are entitled to access.
Many women feel highly ambivalent about abortion decisions, with large numbers going ahead with a procedure feeling like they have no other choice. For women beginning a medical abortion, there is a time period between taking the first drug, mifepristone, and before taking the second one, that reality hits and they can experience immediate and serious remorse and often panic.
If there are 4 women able to find us when we haven't even marketed the service, how many more must there be who go home and sit in their desperation believing there is nothing they can do?”
20 Nov 2015
Responding to the statements made by the leader of Australia’s Muslims – and a call from Senator Cory Bernardi for the ‘reform of Islam’.
Senator Cory Bernardi has published a forthright and enlightening blog titled, “Denial must stop, Islam needs reform” to vindicate his comments about ‘Islam being the real problem’, which he made five years ago.
Of course, he was harshly criticised by the media and other politicians when he said that Islam itself promotes violence and is the ‘problem’.
His statement made five years ago included this:
“Islam itself is the problem. It’s not Muslims. Muslims are individuals that practice their faith in their own way but Islam is a totalitarian, political and religious ideology…It has not moved on since it was founded and there are these extremists that want to see fundamentalist Islamic rule implemented in this country. They are continually trying to change our laws. They’re seeking special accommodations to indulge in it and unfortunately this Government is allowing them and encouraging them, in many instances, to get away with it.”
“Five years later I stand by my comments and am prepared to call out my critics as being wrong. In fact, because of their actions I think they actually owe the Australian people an apology. If we had been able to have a sensible discussion about the authoritarian nature of Islam and its undeniable link as an inspiration and justification for the barbaric actions of terrorist acts then things might be different today….”
PLEASE READ Cory’s blog BELOW – it contains detailed comments about ‘reform’….
But so many Muslim leaders don’t want to acknowledge that there is any need to ‘reform’ what Islam teaches, or admit that the writings of the Qur’an and the example of Mohammed, which are the model for faithful Muslims, promote violence and include prescriptive commands to carry out violent acts against unbelievers.
Muslim leaders often blame other factors for the Islamic terrorist attacks we are witnessing around the world. In Australia, in the wake of the Paris bombings by Muslim men who were associated with ISIS, the leader of Australia’s Muslims, the ‘mufti’, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, didn’t condemn the terrorist attacks by Islamic militants in Paris – instead he blamed racism and foreign polices as ‘causative factors’.
The Media Release from the mufti and the Australian National Imams Council stated:
“These recent incidents highlight the fact that current strategies to deal with the threat of terrorism are not working. It is therefore imperative that all causative factors such as racism, Islamophobia, curtailing freedoms through securitisation, duplicitous foreign policies and military intervention must be comprehensively addressed.” (Media Release from ANIC, 15/11/2015)
There has been a public outcry about these statements made by the leader of Australia’s Muslims, ‘mufti’, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed.
But how many picked up another MAJOR flaw in the Media Release – the title of the Media Release (and stated in the text) says it all “ANIC MOURNS LOSS OF INNOCENT LIVES TO TERRORIST ATTACKS”.
The question we must ask is “WHO is INNOCENT in Islam?”
The answer is that ‘true Muslims’ are the ‘innocent’ ones! So unbelievers are not ‘innocent’ and neither are Muslims who don’t follow the sort of ‘Islam’ that those who are killing others ascribe to.
Following a public outcry about the statement by ANIC, where radio journalist Ray Hadley was critical and government ministers Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton publicly criticised his response, the mufti and the Australian National Imams Council issued a SECOND Media Release, claiming they really didn’t mean to blame US (and Islamophobia etc) for the attacks.
HOWEVER, the Media Release reiterated the statement about INNOCENT lives:
“We wish to emphasise it is incorrect to imply that the reference to causative factors provides justification for these acts of terrorism. There is no justification for the taking of innocent lives. The sanctity of human life is guaranteed in Islam.”
But it did go on this time to state,
“Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed and ANIC have consistently and unequivocally condemned all forms of terrorist violence.”
(Second ANIC Media Release, 17/11/2015)
That raises ANOTHER question, “What is ‘terrorist violence’ according to Islam?”
Andrew Bolt has written a clear and definitive reply to the mufti’s statements – click here.
Denial must stop, Islam needs reform, Cory Bernardi, 18/11/2015.
Read Cory's enlightening comments!