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In Africa it is said that justice is open to all – and so is the Intercontinental Hotel. The hard reality is that most Africans do not know their legal rights and lack the means to obtain advice and representation. For example, in Uganda 90% of lawyers live in the capital Kampala, whilst 95% of the populace cannot afford to retain a private lawyer. Justice then becomes a luxury of the wealthy few. Hard won doctrines taken for granted by Australian lawyers such as the rule of law and judicial independence are still to be fought for. Injustice in the justice system is often the norm.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8 and 9)

In partnership with lawyers in the developing world CLEAR, Christian Lawyers for Justice, aims to provide human rights education and offer legal assistance to those suffering injustice… Want to be involved? PrayDoGoGive.

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Thanks to the generous donations of our Aussie sponsors today in rural Rwanda a new project assisting pastors and leaders to advocate for the rights of women is being launched. Participants are embarking upon a three day training event that will provide education regarding women’s human rights and inheritance rights.

The project was conceived because, prior to amendments to the law in 2003, women were not entitled to receive land ownership by will. Despite these amendments, community awareness of the reforms remains low and as a result many widows and their children are left homeless and destitute in Rwanda and other countries in Africa.

When the man of the house dies, just when his wife and children are grieving, his relatives force them from their home, sometimes with violence, and claim the house, the land, crops, livestock, everything of value. Previous regional educational campaigns in Rwanda have seen a substantial increase in the reporting of ‘land-grabbing’ followed by a significant decrease in the practice due to the prosecutions that ensued.

This CLEAR project aims to educate Rwandans by supporting local Rwandan lawyers to hold community workshops and develop and distribute educational material translated into local dialects to raise awareness.

CLEAR Australia is a ministry of State based Christian lawyers' societies. Further information on CLEAR Australia can be found at our website www.clear.org.au or ‘like’ our Facebook page to receive regular updates on activities and events.
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Faith and Professional Life is back on!

This year we have two keynote speakers, Mark Robinson, LNP Member for Cleveland and Michael Choi, former Labor Member for Capalaba, both in the Queensland Parliament.

This half-day careers seminar provides senior high school and University students with the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, leading professionals from a wide range of fields. While a variety of fields are offered, as an example in the past, these have included law, medicine, academia, journalism, aviation, architecture, dentistry, nursing, counselling and psychology.

Date: Friday 8th September 2017
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: Calvary Christian College, 559 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Carbrook, QLD

Since entering parliament as the LNP Member for Cleveland, Mark has formerly served as the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees and as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Apprenticeships and Trade Training. He has served on the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee, Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee, Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee, Ethics Committee, Members Ethics and Parliamentary Privileges Committee and Transport, Local Government & Infrastructure Committee and Transport, Housing & Local Government Committee. He currently serves as an Executive Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Prior to entering parliament, Mark has worked in various education roles - as a lecturer, TAFE teacher, research assistant, tutor in indigenous education and as a university chaplain. Besides his achievements in education, Mark’s public service record and organisational management credentials are significant. Mark has worked at an international level in the management of charitable programs working with orphans, children and youth in Asia, Europe and the USA. Mark’s education includes a PhD at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, a Masters degree in International and Asian Studies at Griffith University, a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marine Biology and Zoology from James Cook University, and a Diploma in Christian Ministry.
Mark and his wife Julie and children live in the Redlands. He is a keen fisherman, tennis player and dedicated family man. Mark is passionate about protecting and improving the Bayside lifestyle of the residents of Cleveland. He is committed to working hard for a better Bayside.
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CLEAR member Christian Lawyers Society Inc (Qld) is hosting a lawyers’ breakfast with Andrea Williams, CEO for Christian Concern UK on Monday 24 July 2017.

Andrea Williams is one of the UK’s leading Christian voices. For as long as she can remember she wanted to use her passion for truth and work as a barrister to help others. She never imagined her skills would be needed to defend Christians simply for following their faith. After more than a decade at the helm of the Christian Legal Centre, she is no stranger to the growing hostility against followers of Jesus – valiantly defending some of the highest-profile Christian freedom cases in Europe.

As CEO of Christian Concern, Andrea frequently appears on the BBC and other British media providing articulate and courageous Christian commentary. Her campaigns and advocacy unashamedly promote Jesus’ ethics and values as good news for society – tirelessly shining a light. Married with four grown children, in her spare time she enjoys running marathons!

In an age when many Christians are tempted to withdraw, Andrea’s insights and call to confidently engage in society is powerful and inspiring. Join us to hear from this remarkable woman of faith!

Details are: 715 for 730 start
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Level 42, 111 Eagle St, Brisbane.
Cost: $15 at the door.
RSVP by Wednesday 19 July 2017 To: Nathan Rieck (President of Christian Lawyers Society Inc): email nrieck@ntlawyers.com.au or ph (07) 3837 3600.
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CLEAR Chair Mark Fowler will give the after dinner address for the Christian Medical Dental Fellowship Australia National Conference in Brisbane on July 15th 2017. His topic is 'Recovery of Virtue: the Christian health practitioner's role as a salve to social rupture'. All are welcome. ... See MoreSee Less

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