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For our Victorian election webpage with ALL our election posts – click here.
Our final post on the Victorian election will be emailed TOMORROW – Thursday. It will cover preparing your vote BEFORE going to the polling booth - Group Voting Tickets - and voting ABOVE or BELOW the line in the Legislative Council. We’ll also include all the GVT summaries prepared by Peter Newland.
A few important issues
Over the past few weeks we have covered a number of issues that are important to Christians in the upcoming Victorian election – particularly religious freedom and homosexual rights. Here we cover euthanasia, abortion and liberty in more detail…
A number of groups that specialise in particular issues have provided material that help us know MORE about party polices and candidates…
Contacting your candidates!
Of course, there is NOTHING like ASKING your candidates, in BOTH Houses, exactly what their views are!
Click here for candidate lists for both Houses – with phone and email contacts.
Read more about these issues - click here to continue reading.
25 Nov 2014
Prior to every election, FamilyVoice conducts a SURVEY of political parties and ALL candidates – asking them TEN questions on key issues. The issues include prayer in parliament, drugs, poker machines, religious freedom, same-sex adoption and the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’…
The RESULTS of the survey have now been published
- click here for ALL RESULTS.
RESULTS are available for
- Political parties (click on each question for the party responses)
- Candidates for the Legislative Assembly (choose your District)
- Candidates for the Legislative Council (choose your Region)
If you don’t KNOW your District or Region, click here to check your enrolment details on the VEC website.
Three political parties received 100 - Australian Christians, Rise Up Australia and Family First.
Liberal/Nationals received 49 and the Greens 25. Labor received ZERO because they didn’t respond. The results are quite similar to the Christian Values Checklist.
Some candidates provide their OWN responses – and don’t rely on the ‘Party response’. If they don’t, then they are allocated the ‘party response’ as a score.
Make SURE you know HOW you will vote BEFORE going to the polling booth.
Print out two ballot papers (use FamilyVoice survey or the GVTs) and FILL in a ‘sample vote’ at home! See our Voting post for more info.
In 2003 there was a major survey, of around 20,000 people, in Australia – called the Australian Study of Health and Relationships – or ‘Sex in Australia’. Researchers questioned people about SEX… Lead researcher, Professor Juliet Richters, has been involved in a wide range of research topics about sex, including homosexuality and prostitution.
We have a copy of the 2003 report, and often refer to it. It found that “Among men, 97.4% identified as heterosexual, 1.6% as gay or homosexual and 0.9% as bisexual. Among women, 97.7% identified as heterosexual, 0.8% as lesbian or homosexual and 1.4% as bisexual.” (Source)
Click here for a list of publications from the 2003 survey.
The NEW SURVEY
Ten years on, the researchers have completed a second study. The survey again asked around 20,000 people (with a 66% participation rate of those asked) very involved and very personal questions – about commitment, infidelity, frequency of sex, pornography, time online, etc. It also asks about homosexuality.
The data was collected by November 2013 and analysis of the data began – the first reports of the Study have just been published in the Journal, Sexual Health.
The article at the SMH (link below) has a ‘slide show’ at the top which gives some of the questions, responses and statistics.
A warning… the questions and responses, and descriptions of the research are quite EXPLICIT.
Click here to read the rest of the article - with links to the study and some key results...
24 Nov 2014
With the election just days away, the political party leaders are vying for votes. They know that promises in the area of health, education, children and public transport will attract voters who are concerned about their standard of living.
But what is Labor promising in the area of homosexual rights?
This is an area of policy that adversely affects us ALL in far more profound ways!
Basically, if the homosexual lobby has asked for it, it is in Labor’s platform!
If Labor is elected, this is what they’re PLANNING!
Same-sex adoption, anti-homophobia campaigns, making the Safe Schools Coalition COMPULSORY for all state high schools, sex ed to include ‘sexuality’, a Cabinet role for LGBTI issues, a whole-of government Ministerial Advisory Committee, extending the Relationships Act to recognise ‘overseas marriages’, removing the ‘divorce condition’ that applies if a married man wants to change his gender on his birth certificate to ‘female’ . . . and of course, the employment provisions, on faith and sexuality, regarding Christian schools and religious bodies . . .
On Saturday, Labor leader Daniel Andrews made a formal campaign announcement with a Media Release (full text BELOW), saying that Labor would “fight the discrimination and homophobia” experienced by homosexuals. He announced a number of measures that Labor would introduce, saying “Equality will be back on the agenda under Labor, so Victoria can be prouder, fairer and safer.”
Most of these measures had been previously announced and most are included in Victorian Labor’s 2014 Platform (relevant section included BELOW).
We have reported on many of them in previous posts, including the Christian Values Checklist and in posts relating to the election, but it is quite STARTLING to read about their proposals in Labor’s OWN WORDS!
Click here to CONTINUE reading...
21 Nov 2014
News Update for the week - news on the Vic election, halal certification, prostitution in SA, Islam in Australia and the Episcopal Church in the US supporting Muslims and the LGBT lobby..
Read the Media Release... A Coalition of religious leaders in Victoria has called on the Labor government to leave the Equal Opportunity laws as they are regarding employment...
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