Christian Questions for Candidates Seeking Election

Melinda McCredie | vision.org.au
Friday, May 6th, 2022
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There is a strong Christian push in this federal election campaign, highlighting for voters the inadequacies of policies on all sides. Christians are becoming more adept at contrasting the objective truth with the arbitrary positions held by our major political parties.

Wendy Francis is the National Director of Politics for the Australian Christian Lobby. She joined us on 20Twenty to share how the ACL is contributing to what’s happening in Australian politics at the moment, and the reaction of their supporters to candidate forums.

Wendy believes people are keen to both hear from the candidates, and from ACL as to what the real issues are in this particular election campaign. One of the questions that comes up frequently is the issue of federally funded school chaplaincy programs.

“Parents with kids in school want to know that it will continue,” says Wendy. “The Greens would prefer a much different program that is more secular. But the major parties are supporting it for now. So we are asking that question wherever we go because we see the need for school chaplaincy to remain.”

The ACL is also concerned about consent education. One problem is that parents don’t know what is going to be taught as part of this mandatory program. Just because a child says yes to something doesn’t mean it’s right for them. The concern is that there is too much responsibility being placed on our children.

“We believe that parents are responsible for the moral education of their children,” says Wendy. “They know what is age-appropriate. A blanket approach to outline all this explicit stuff to children is not the right of our schools or government. It’s a parent’s right.”

Another question ACL asks candidates at its community forums is whether they support scientific theory being taught in schools. Because the gender theory they’re teaching is totally non-scientific. Candidates are being asked to clarify their position on these sorts of issues.

The ACL believes the position of the far left looks quite sexist now. Women are leaving the Greens because there are problems within policy formation. But they might not find a happy home in the major parties either, because the policies don’t look a whole lot better.

“If you look at the Labor platform particularly, it does support this gender-fluid ideology,” says Wendy. “But it’s not so much the Liberal Party platform. The interesting thing is that both leaders seem to be realising that people are not going along with this gender ideology as much as they perhaps thought.”

Parental rights is really emerging as one of the major issues in this election. In most schools now, they have what is called a ‘mature minor policy’. Schools can allow students to make their own choices on health matters, even including things like abortion and transgender ideology.

“A child might be allowed to make decisions like this at school without parental consent,” says Wendy. “It also crosses over into the ‘my health record’ because policies now restrict parental access to children’s health records at age 14. The stripping of parental rights is something everybody should be concerned about.”

The ACL will continue to ask the candidates and the major parties these questions, and will be publishing their responses. Since the candidate list only was only settled recently, they are still contacting people to get answers.

“That will help voters in the short term make their decision,” says Wendy. “We are promoting people over parties this time. Look at the voting record and some of the legislation that has not gotten through, particularly around religious freedom laws.”

“There were people in the Liberal Party who crossed the floor and voted against the government,” Wendy says. “There were people in the Labor Party and the Greens who joined together to block some legislation.”

“But if we can increase the number of people in both of those major parties who really understand truth and will stand up for it no matter what, that will make a huge difference in our Parliament.”

Listen to the full interview here:

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