Welcome to the NSL Weekend Wrap for 22 August 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
A landmark court case in the United Kingdom has the potential to change the way doctors prescribe hormonal treatment to transgender children in Australia, with at least one state already reviewing its policy. (SMH)
Around the Country
QLD: Many personal stories on the need for assisted dying were shared in the parliamentary committee hearings held across regional Queensland in the lead-up to the VAD parliamentary committee. (ABC News)
SA: A Christian-led membership surge is threatening to end years of moderate domination in the SA Liberal Party, with the conservative faction taking key positions and edging towards control of the party’s state executive. (The Australian)
VIC: Rabbis, Jewish communal leaders and politicians have joined together to urge members of the Jewish community to "do the right thing" after reports emerged this week of illegal gatherings taking place across Melbourne. (Australian Jewish News)
WA: Australian Christian Lobby’s Martyn Iles has told Perth supporters that "gender dysmorphia" (sic) is 'being taught' to kids. Note: we believe this should be 'gender dysphoria'. (The West Australian; paywalled)
Commentary and Analysis
In defense of the firing of school teacher Steph Lentz, Vanessa Cheng of Australian Association of Christian Schools and Mark Spencer of Christian Schools Australia write on the need to protect religious belief. (SMH)
Events and Advisories
COTA NT is running a petition calling on Federal Government to give back to the Northern Territory the right to enact laws dealing with voluntary assisted dying via the repeal of section 50A of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978. Petition closes 1 September 2021. Explanatory article here
The Noosa Temple of Satan is currently running a federal parliamentary petition to remove Christian prayers from parliament. The practice of reciting an exclusively Christian prayer discriminates against non-Christians. Petition closes 12 August. Related article
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.
The Rationalist Society of Australia is calling on West Australians to contact their local members of the Legislative Council to urge them to replace the daily prayer ritual with something more inclusive.