Good news, the Great Barrier Reef is in good health! It has not been handed to the UN to control. We wish to thank the environment minister Sussan Ley for her sterling efforts in securing this great outcome. Great Barrier Reef avoids 'in danger' tag after Australian government lobbying convinces UNESCO - ABC News
We are asking her to put Peter Ridd in charge of preparing the reports necessary to stop it going to UN control next February when it will be reviewed again.
This news story took up half of the ABC 612 radio news at 7am 24/7/21. They said there was a mixed reaction to the news. The ABC only presented one side of the reaction, the bad side. They told us what Green Peace had said, they put on the Labour spokesperson who said we need a government who will protect the reef and then a very long section to Sarah Hanson Young from the Greens. Science and media doomsayers ignore good news on reef.
The efforts of all State governments and healthcare workers are to be commended in working to ‘saving lives’ under the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the efforts of the NSW State Government with lockdowns and restrictions in travel and work to saving lives, no thought is given to the NSW MP Alex Greenwich’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 (VAD) introduced last week aimed at ‘ending lives’. The VAD bill is likely to be tabled on Thursday, 12 August 2021 with a view to it being debated in parliament in September 2021.
“The VAD Bill is a contradiction and belittles the efforts of State governments in NSW and QLD to ‘save lives’ given the fact that Voluntary Assisted Dying and Euthanasia is NOT Healthcare, is NOT Palliative Care, and is NOT Reverseable,” said Greg Bondar, NSW/ACT State Director at FamilyVoice Australia.
The VAD bill, if passed by NSW Parliament, would make the act of one person killing another legal in NSW. This is clearly ‘State-Sanctioned Suicide’ which makes a mockery of ‘suicide prevention’ and our ‘COVID-19 Saving Lives’ campaigns by the government, peak NSW organisations, families, Aged-Care centres and the medical profession.
“Proponents of the NSW VAD bill are nothing more than ‘political pharisees’ if they support saving lives under COVID-19 but not under euthanasia” added Greg Bondar.
If we value life, believe in hope, trust modern healthcare, and wish to give our loved ones a chance, then we must oppose any moves to legalise Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in NSW/QLD.
Kevin paid tribute to the ongoing work of FamilyVoice. “It’s often been a tough battle, against the current zeitgeist which reigns supreme in the liberal media and elsewhere,” he said. “Your efforts, your prayerfulness, your thoughtfulness, your concern about the future of this country in a very real and substantive way – thank you very much!
He then noted that many Australians think there is religious freedom in Australia – in practice, as well as in law.
“But in fact there is very little protection of religious freedom here,” he said. “There is some protection in the federal Constitution, but not in the states.”
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells speaks out
FamilyVoice’s Greg Bondar recently met with NSW Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells to discuss this critical issue.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells is a very strong supporter of religious freedom. She has rightly pointed out that:
Australians of family and faith want to be able to live their lives in accordance with their faith and their convictions. The growing body of cases in Australia of people facing harassment, intimidation and persecution because of their religious beliefs and actions highlights the need for positive religious freedom laws. Some are even losing their livelihoods.
Indeed, since the 2017 same-sex marriage campaign and postal survey, people who hold and practice traditional values of marriage and family have been intimidated and harassed.
When freedom of speech, thought, conscience and belief is framed only as an “exemption” to other rights, they are “read down” against positive rights, rendering them subordinate to those other rights. A regime of positive rights in the form of religious freedom legislation would give greater effect to the right to manifest one’s freedom of thought, conscience and belief as outlined in Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
With a federal election fast approaching, it is incumbent that we maintain the pressure on the Federal Government to deliver on religious freedom.