How Gender Issues are Impacting the Election

Melinda McCredie | vision.org.au
Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
Gender Issues and the Federal Election
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What is the definition of a woman? The answer to this question is the subject of widespread debate, not only here in Australia, but around the world. It’s also shaping up to be a significant issue in the upcoming Federal Election.

Greg Bondar from Family Voice Australia, recently wrote to the Prime Minister’s office, seeking clarification on many issues that stem from the interpretation of the word ‘woman’. He joined us 20Twenty to discuss the government’s position on gender and binary issues.

The official response Greg received from the PM’s office was this: ‘a woman is a person identifying as a woman, and a person should use facilities that correspond to their gender identity.’ They do not support the assumption that biologically there are only males and females.

“You can’t just say the gender that you think you are,” says Greg. “Gender cannot be a thought. Gender is biological. I can’t understand why people refuse to accept simple science. The Prime Minister should not be endorsing these responses from his department.”

Labor, and in particular the Greens hold a similar position to the government. The issue here is that nobody wants to commit themselves prior to the election. But the other thing people need to be aware of is that before an election, politicians will promise everything.

“This is a basic, fundamental human condition we’re talking about,” Greg says. “Women must be identified as women. There are no variables apart from male and female. Of course, you can have feelings. But biologically, scientifically, there are only two genders.”

Greg believes people need to insist that the coalition and the opposition make it policy to defend the freedom of women. Family Voice Australia wants parliament to ensure that as far as the Australian society is concerned, we have two genders. They would also like to see that prayer is retained.

“The problem we have is that if you’re being compelled to compete as a woman and then you have competitors who claim to be women,” says Greg, “your chances of winning are severely limited. That should not happen in taxpayer-funded organisations.”

It’s so important for Christians in this election, to be voting with their biblical conscience. We need to be asking our candidates what they actually stand for. The prediction is that we will have a hung parliament, and it will come down to the independents and the minor parties as to who forms government.

There are plenty of other controversies brewing as we head into the election, including issues around abortion and women’s rights. “We’ve had a lot of pro-life marches in Australia,” says Greg. “The media is talking about all sorts of issues at the moment, so why aren’t they talking about preserving life?”

Greg believes that we’ve got to go back to the scriptures, because that’s where a Christian society looks to for moral and ethical values. Women keep saying ‘my body, my choice.’ But what about the dads involved? What about the parents involved who have a concern for the child?

“UK data shows clearly that abortion skyrocketed with DIY home kits,” says Greg. “What’s going to happen next is there will be DIY, voluntary assisted dying. People are going to be killing themselves over the phone and internet. We just can’t allow this to happen.”

Battles are being fought on the ethics front, and Christian believers need to be focused. “The American Anglican Council has come up with the Daniel Declaration,” says Greg. “The aim is to show Christians how to move forward in the public area in a more faithful, courageous, respectful and loving way.”

“As Christians, we need to continue engaging with the community on that basis.”

Listen to the full interview here:

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