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One way of finding out WHAT your Member in the House of Representatives and your State Senators STAND FOR is to look at HOW THEY VOTED on a range of moral issues.
Family Life International has provided an excellent resource that shows how MPs and Senators have voted on five key Bills considered by the federal Parliament.
They say, "The following are 5 ‘non-negotiable’ issues to help you narrow down the list of acceptable candidates.
1. Abortion 2. Euthanasia 3. Embryonic Stem Cell Research 4. Human Cloning
5. Homosexual ‘Marriage’.
We should avoid, to the greatest extent possible, voting for candidates who endorse or promote intrinsically evil policies. As far as possible, we should vote for those who promote policies in line with the moral law."
The Voting Guides ALSO show you which female Labor MPs/Senators are members of EMILY'S LIST (pro-abortion group) and which MPs/Senators are members of the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development - a group that lobbies for population reduction and anti-life policies.
Go to http://www.fli.org.au/
Click on the GREEN document for the HOUSE OF REPS MEMBERS (or direct link)
and on the RED document for the SENATE (or direct link).
With just one week to go until the federal election, we are focusing on the election.
In this Election Update, we urge you to pray about the upcoming election - and provide Prayer Points from the Australian Prayer Network.
Secondly, we provide links to a range of Checklists and Surveys prepared for Christians by various groups - and provide some comment about where one needs to be careful in reading them.
NO Checklist or Survey is 'perfect' and we encourage you to check out Party policies and the views of candidates for yourself.
See our previous emails/posts for more on those - on the '2013 Federal Election' page on our website.
Thirdly, a number of news items about the election. Finally I've provided a Briefing on electoral fraud and what can be done about it. Are people really voting multiple times???
Next week we will have emails about PREFERENCES and GROUP VOTING TICKETS - how to actually make your vote effective.
May God guide you as you assess the information and prepare to vote.
Click 'Read more' to read the Election Update.
Recently we sent out a link to the video (1.5 min) that Kevin Rudd made to support same-sex 'marriage', which the advocates are now calling 'marriage equality'.
NEW FILM counters Mr Rudd's claims...
We encourage you to watch this EXCELLENT short film (6 minutes) - which shows that the 'marriage equality' line is a FAKE slogan - that everyone can get married if they find a non-related person of the opposite sex.
This film then takes the video made by Kevin Rudd to promote same-sex 'marriage' and analyses it point by point. The video also mentions Kevin Rudd's comment about a referendum - but he has now backflipped on that idea (source) because the homosexuals don't want it!
The film highlights the fact Kevin Rudd said, when he changed his position, that he wouldn't take any leadership on the issue - another broken promise.
Enough from me - PLEASE WATCH IT!
Then spread the word and share the film with your friends, on Facebook and so on...
In the lead-up to the election, the subject of same-sex 'marriage' is continuing to be a key issue. At the debate at the Peoples Forum at the Broncos Leagues Club, Tony Abbott said he “supports the traditional idea of marriage 'between a man and a woman'." (Source here).
We are thankful that Mr Abbott made a more forthright statement during this second debate than the one he made in the first debate.
Meanwhile, the homosexual lobby is HARD AT WORK, lobbying MPs to support same-sex 'marriage'. And the LABOR Party is actively campaigning on the issue as well...
1. Activist groups - campaigning to get Parties and candidates on their side
Homosexual activist group Australian Marriage Equality is pushing political parties, especially the Coalition, to grant MPs a 'conscience vote' on the issue. They put out a Media Release on the decision by the Palmer United Party (PUP) to allow a conscience vote:
The PUP statement is here - the AME Media Release is here.
When Bob Katter was asked this week how he would approach the issue, he said that two Katter's Australian Party Senate candidates (James Blundell in QLD and Steven Bailey in the ACT), who both support same-sex 'marriage', had spoken out ''courageously'' and had the right to argue their case - even though the Party Principles (No 18) support marriage being between a man and a woman. (Source)
AME immediately issued another media release claiming another victory.
Campaigning against candidates - Teresa Gambaro succumbs
AME is also campaigning against candidates to get them to SUPPORT the changing of the Marriage Act. In Brisbane, AME campaigned against Teresa Gambaro, a Liberal MP who has a VERY slim margin of 1.1 % (as we reported recently).
AME's media release on 8 August reported that she was 'side-stepping' the question about her position on same-sex 'marriage'. An AAP report said Teresa noted that she took a 'poll' in her electorate and stated, "I represent a very diverse seat and I have a large number of families, suburban areas, and I am taking soundings from all of my constituents. It's just not made up of the inner city and can I tell you there are differing views."
Then AME distributed nearly 70,000 leaflets in her electorate on 17-18 August.
BY 22 August, just two weeks later, and just days after the leaflet distribution, and a large rally, Teresa Gambaro had succumbed to the pressure and CHANGED her mind!
She released a STATEMENT explaining her new position of 'support' for same-sex 'marriage' - and told a FORUM in her Brisbane electorate that she now SUPPORTS it. Teresa now says she will vote for same-sex ‘marriage’ if the Coalition is allowed to have a conscience vote on the issue (Source).
In addition, she says she will lobby Tony Abbott to grant a conscience vote for Coalition MPs.
So much for freedom of conscience!
Now AME is targeting more marginal seats - 3 Liberal, one Labor
"Over the next two weekends AME will distribute leaflets similar to the Brisbane leaflet in the seats of North Sydney, Curtin, Wills and Sturt calling on their respective sitting members, Joe Hockey, Julie Bishop, Kelvin Thompson [Labor] and Christopher Pyne to support marriage equality."
We need to ENCOURAGE these MPs to stand firm and support marriage being between a man and a woman. For the Liberal MPs, we need to ask them to have a firm Coalition policy and not a conscience vote on the issue.
See below for email addresses to contact these MPs.
2. Labor activism on same-sex 'marriage'. . .
Labor is supposed to be promoting a ‘conscience vote’ for MPs on the same-sex ‘marriage’ issue. However, they are increasingly PROMOTING the issue. Labor's actual PLATFORM (decided at their December 2011 National Conference) supports same-sex 'marriage' but allows a conscience vote for MPs. (See Platform No 126, and also Rules - P 262, No 9.)
We’ve already reported on Kevin Rudd’s video promoting same-sex ‘marriage’. Labor has set up a special website called 'It's time for marriage equality' which includes a new video from Labor - click here.
Now Labor has set up a Facebook page ‘Labor for Marriage Equality’.
Rainbow Labor is running a campaign calling for Labor MPs and candidates to be photographed holding a ‘Labor for marriage equality’ sign and sharing it on social media (see their campaign). The photos are being posted on the Facebook page.
Now Labor is promoting ‘marriage equality’ T-shirts – available in return for a ‘Donation’!
This is aimed at fundraising – and influencing voters.
Of course, the WEARING of the T-shirts will also put more pressure on Labor MPs to support the ‘cause’.
Surely if it REALLY is a conscience vote, they should present both sides – or preferably, not ‘present a side’ but allow MPs to make up their own mind!
Or is it really about pushing the issue to persuade MPs to ‘change’ their conscience?
The ‘marriage equality’ group and the Greens are NOT happy that Labor is USING the issue to raise funds!
Article: Labor 'using' gay marriage to raise campaign funds, Australian, 23/8/2013.
On the weekend, Labor launched a major initiative with letterboxed leaflets, online video and celebrity endorsements all aimed at the legalisation of same-sex 'marriage'.
Read about their campaign here.
Get Up campaigning on same-sex 'marriage
As you might expect, the left-leaning political activist group GetUp! is also campaigning on this issue -click here.
1. We need to contact ALL our candidates (MPs, Senators and candidates) to see where they stand on this vital issue.
For ALL candidate details, see the AEC website - click here.
Names, phone numbers and email addresses are provided.
2. PLEASE contact these Liberal MPs who are being targeted by the Australian Marriage Equality group.
Encourage them to stand firm and support marriage being between a man and a woman - and opposing same-sex 'marriage.
Also encourage them to get the Coalition to have a firm policy on this issue and oppose the granting of a conscience vote.
3. Labor Member Kelvin Thomson (Wills, Vic) is also being targeted.
Ask him to continue supporting marriage being between a man and a woman - and ask him to continue opposing same-sex 'marriage' and resist the pressure from AME!
The SECOND EDITION of the Australian Christian Values Checklist for the 2013 federal election was published today - Thursday 22 August, 2013.
The Second Edition of the Checklist contains revisions based on some of the Parties - Australian Christians, CDP, DLP, Family First and Rise Up Australia - making 'positive' additions to their policies and websites.
In summary, the responses for ALL of these five Parties now read as a full 'TICK' with Green shading (with just one exception).
Please circulate the SECOND EDITION of the Checklist to your friends and churches.
The SECOND EDITION of the CHECKLIST for NSW and for the rest of Australia is ATTACHED.
- It INCLUDES the one-page 'Supporting Statements' document - to copy on the back of the Checklist.
- The SECOND EDITION of the 'FULL Supporting Statements' is also attached.
The Documents are all POSTED on the Australian Christian Values Institute website.
Update 23/8 - The LINKS and DOCUMENTS are now CORRECT.
The FOLLOWING LINKS go direct to the Documents on the ACVI website:
2nd Edition: PDF Colour (Standard Quality - 450K RGB) Chart with 1 pg supporting statement (2 pg total )
2nd Edition PDF Colour (High Quality - 1.1MB RGD) Chart only (supporting statement available below)
2nd edition PDF (Print Quality - 10MB CMYK) Chart and Supporting statement also available.
2nd Edition PDF Colour (Standard Quality - 450KB RGB) Chart with 1 pg supporting statement (2 pg total )
2nd Edition PDF Colour (High Quality -1.1MB RGB) Chart only (supporting statement available below)
2nd edition PDF (Print Quality - 10MB CMYK) Chart and Supporting statement also available.
2nd Edition: Supporting Statements (1 Page Version)
2nd edition: Supporting Statements (Full Version)
We've also posted them on our NEW Federal Election 2013 webpage.