Welcome to the NSL Weekend Wrap for 10 October 2021, where you can catch up on the latest secular-related news from around the country.
Don’t forget that the Weekend Wrap, which aims to help secular-minded Australians keep abreast of the latest news on current issues, is also published on our Facebook page!
At the National Level
Around the Country
NSW: Dominic Perrottet has become NSW's next premier, with the right faction member and conservative Catholic sworn in as the state’s new leader. He won a NSW Liberal party room ballot against Planning Minister Rob Stokes on Tuesday morning to become the 46th premier and youngest in the state’s history. (SBS News)
NSW: Dominic Perrottet is set to become the next premier of NSW. Who is he? (The Conversation)
NSW: Women's groups have welcomed Dominic Perrottet's pledge to be the "family Premier" but some are calling for a guarantee that he will not use his religious beliefs to restrict women's reproductive choices and access to abortions. (ABC News)
NSW: Dominc Perrottet won’t reopen NSW early and slams ‘sad’ criticisms of his religion. (The New Daily)
NSW: The Rationalist Society of Australia (RSA) is urging its members and supporters in New South Wales to raise their voices in support of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) during the coming days, with a bill expected to be tabled in parliament next week. (RSA)
Commentary and Analysis
John Carmody: The contemporary Liberal Party is full of Catholics, so it’s unsurprising that the church has one of its own as NSW’s new premier. Only time will tell how much Dominic Perrottet’s religion will influence his leadership. (Pearls and Irritations)
Bishop Michael Stead writes on "why we must oppose assisted suicide". (Sydney Anglicans)
The Catholic Leader quotes a sermon by Bishop Robert E. Barron (US) stating that "ideological secularism ... appears to be compartmentalising religious faith and moral thinking into something akin to 'a hobby'." (Catholic Leader)
Events and Advisories
Minister for Human Rights, Tara Cheyne, is running a petition calling on the Australian government to restore the right of Territories to pass laws on VAD. She also recommends people email the Commonwealth Attorney-General with their views, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up to the #DontDivideUs campaign currently being run by a group of pro-secular groups including the NSL, to act against the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill.
Dying With Dignity NSW are petitioning the NSW Parliament to work together to deliver voluntary assisted dying laws in 2021.
Dying With Dignity NSW has a tool that makes it easy for people to contact their federal MPs and senators to request help in repealing the "Andrews Bill", the 1997 legislation which denies the Territories the right to pass legislation on Voluntary Assisted Dying.