Action Alert July 2016

This is an archived edition of Action Alert.

Urge the Coalition to Stick to Its Promise for a Plebiscite

The Liberal – National Coalition went to the election on 2 July 2016 with a policy that, if returned to the government benches, they would hold a national plebiscite on the issue of redefining marriage. The ALP’s policy was that, if elected to government, they would change the Marriage Act to allow for same-sex ‘marriage’ within 100 days of gaining office. [By the way, this is the second time that the ALP has taken such a policy to the electorate, and the second time that they have lost an election. And at this election, the ALP received one of its lowest primary votes on record. Does that say something?]

So, with the return of the Coalition to the government benches – albeit with a much-reduced majority in the House of Representatives – we are to expect that they will begin the process of preparing legislation to take to the Parliament to allow such a plebiscite to occur. Admittedly, depending on the final make-up of the Senate, the Coalition may have some difficulty in getting that legislation through the Senate. But potential difficulties in the Senate ought not to deter the Attorney-General from preparing the enabling legislation and presenting it to the House of Representatives for debate. And it ought to be compulsory voting in this plebiscite so that all Australians get to have their say in the privacy of a polling place. The plebiscite question must be unambiguous, and there should be equal funding to explain both yes and no cases – without howls of homophobia and threats of legal action before anti-discrimination tribunals – as there is when our country holds a referendum.

The legalisation of same-sex ‘marriage’ in our country is not inevitable. If people are properly informed about the consequences of such a step, it is more than likely that they would vote to retain the current definition of marriage as one-man-one-woman. In fact, a poll conducted by one of the major newspapers prior to the election found that over 60% of respondents were opposed to same-sex ‘marriage’. People need to be made aware that –

a) The effect of legalising same-sex ‘marriage’, in combination with anti-discrimination laws, will be the introduction of compulsory same-sex (and transgender) sex education for school students. Although this is already happening to a limited extent, redefining marriage will mean homosexual and lesbian ‘marriage’ and sexual practices will be openly presented in sex education classes in schools. If a teacher or schools objects, they will be accused of violating protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in anti-discrimination laws. At that point, teaching same-sex ‘marriage’ will effectively be made compulsory in schools.

b) There will be a concerted effort to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” on birth certificates. “Mother” and “father” will become terms that discriminate against homosexual and lesbian parents. The ACT Territory Government has already replaced “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” on birth certificates, but the legalisation of same-sex ‘marriage’ will see this step implemented across the country. This denies the basic right of children to know from their birth certificate their biological mother and father.

c) As soon as same-sex ‘marriage’ is legally recognised, there is a push for ‘rights’ for transgender persons (as has happened in the USA). This results in biological males who claim to identify as female being granted access to female bathrooms, change rooms, and female-only gyms. In schools, young boys identifying as girls will demand the use of girls’ toilets.

d) There will be a loss of freedom of speech and freedom of religion if same-sex ‘marriage’ is legalised. It will be considered discrimination to speak in favour of one-man-one-woman marriage and natural family; to point out the inadequacies of same-sex ‘marriage and parenting; to state the fact that research shows that overwhelmingly boys wanting to transgender to be girls, or girls wanting to be boys, eventually grow out of this and identify only with their biological sex by the time they are adults; and to refuse to supply goods and services to same-sex ‘weddings’ on the basis of conscience and religious conviction.

Contact Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister [PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600, or telephone (02) 62777700, or email at the website https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm. Congratulate Mr Turnbull on the Coalition’s election victory, and urge him to proceed as quickly as possible with holding a compulsory plebiscite on the issue of the definition of marriage in accordance with Coalition policy. Urge him to resolve this issue quickly.

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Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?
Psalm 94:16

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This monthly release is prepared by Pastor Brian Robertson (P O Box 2367, Bundaberg, 4670) to inform Christian people about issues within our society.  “Action Alert” does not promote any one political party, but encourages its readers to be “salt and light” by speaking out on some of these matters.  The views expressed in “Action Alert” are those of the author and are not necessarily those of a local church or a denominational organisation.  To the extent permissible by law, no church or denomination accepts liability for anything contained in this publication and any use made of it.