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1 - Sex & Gender theory education

The controversial Safe Schools program introduces gender theory to schoolchildren as though it were fact. Tasmania and NSW have withdrawn Safe Schools and similar type programs but have had to exercise vigilance to ensure that gender theory is not included in the school curriculum under different names.

- Does your party have a policy on whether gender theory should be taught in schools and, if so, could you please state what that policy is?

- Does your party commit to withdrawing the controversial Safe Schools program and other similar programs already being taught?

The Federal Labor party has stated its intention, if elected to government, is to provide federal funding to the Safe Schools program. In this event, will your party:

- Refuse federal funding and maintain a commitment to keep gender theory programs out of the classroom?

 

2 - Abortion

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) is currently considering abortion laws in Queensland and is expected to report in the second half of 2018.

- Does your party propose to change current abortion laws in Queensland and, if so, how? Could you please outline your party’s policy on abortion?

- Will you adhere to this policy for the entire 56th parliament?

- If your party forms government, will you allow Members of your party to pursue abortion law reforms through Private Member’s Bills?

 

3 - Euthanasia

Various state governments have debated the introduction of laws to allow assisted suicide or euthanasia.

- Will your party commit to ensuring that euthanasia is not legalised in Queensland?

- If your party forms government, will you allow Members of your party to pursue Euthanasia law reforms through a Private Member’s Bills?

 

4 - Outdoor advertising

Advertising standards are currently supervised under a system of self-regulation administered by the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB), which relies on the voluntary compliance of advertisers. While it sounds admirable on paper, this system of self-regulation in practice fails to compel compliance from advertisers, whose commercial interests are better served through displaying sexual imagery. There are no penalties, no fines, no consequences for advertisers who consistently delight in flouting community standards and triumphing publicly over their critics.

- Will your party commit to a policy to ensure that outdoor advertising is ‘G’ rated?

- Will your party commit to introducing legislation to penalise advertisers who repeatedly breach the code?

 

5 - Prostitution

The University of Queensland has found that the legalisation of brothels in Queensland has failed to curb the growth of prostitution, with up to 90 per cent of Queensland’s prostitution industry remaining unregulated and illegal. Sex trafficking continues to be a problem. Internationally, policies discouraging demand for sexual services are proving to be the most effective way of limiting both the size of and the harms resulting from prostitution. The policy approach known as the “Nordic model” comprises three essential elements:

buying sexual services becomes a criminal offence. The message that purchasing sexual services is socially unacceptable can be reinforced with public education campaigns.

selling sexual services is decriminalised

funding and support is provided for exit strategies to assist prostituted persons to leave this industry.

- Will your party commit to a meaningful examination of this successful policy approach to prostitution with a view to implementing a similar approach in Queensland?

 

6 - Human Rights Bill

In the event that a ‘Yes’ result is returned in the current national opinion survey on same-sex marriage, and same-sex marriage becomes law:

- There has been some discussion concerning the introduction of a Bill to protect human rights. What is your party’s policy on this issue? How will your party ensure that such a bill gives equality to the rights of freedom of freedom of thought conscience and religion and freedom of expression so that they do not become subservient to the right of non-discrimination?

- Specifically how will your party protect the freedom of thought conscience and religion and freedom of expression of the substantial number of Queenslanders who will not want to use their professional and/or artistic skills to be involved in same-sex marriages?

Section 124A of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, a so-called “hate speech” provision has  been used recently to suppress freedom of speech.  In a free and democratic society, commentators should have the freedom to argue points of view without the threat of coercive action against them if they cause offense. Will your party commit to an examination of the impact that s124A has had on free speech and consider amending or removing this section?

 

7 - Child safety – Foster system

There are currently 9000 children in foster care in Queensland. Recent figures show that there have been only 2 adoptions.

- What is your party’s policy with regard to foster care? Will your party commit to reform the Queensland foster care system and adoption procedures to provide permanency and stability for children in foster care?

 

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Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party have not supplied responses to the questions so these responses have been referenced from their website here: http://www.onenation.com.au/

 

1 - Sex & Gender theory education

ONE NATION TO SCRAP THE CONTROVERSIAL SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM

The program covers “knowledge, skills and practical ideas to create safer and more inclusive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families”.

Due to the explicit content, many argue that the program is age inappropriate, especially for primary school students and covers topics that should be up to parents and guardians to discuss with their children.

To replace this program, One Nation will ensure that children are offered counselling and support where necessary on an individual basis.

https://www.facebook.com/Steve.Dickson.MP/videos/1415611935171631/

 

2 – ABORTION

Abortion should only be allowed for serious medical and psychological reasons, not lifestyle considerations.

One Nation recognises that for many and varied reasons abortion will unfortunately always be in demand. Legal abortion is a safer alternative to backyard procedures.

http://onenationwa.asn.au/Abortion.pdf

 

 

3 – EUTHANASIA

One Nation allow their members a conscience vote on euthanasia.

Pauline Hanson personal statement: “Euthanasia may not be everyone’s wish for one reason or another. If that be the case then you have no need to seek the necessary documentation. No one should seek another’s permission to die with dignity and peace. I have lived my life as I have seen fit, and I should have the right to die, as I see fit. No one has the right to dictate their beliefs, religious or otherwise on anyone else?  I and only I, will determine when my time is up and if I am not in a position to do so, then loved ones of my choosing will. It is a disgrace that family and friends have to watch loved ones go through pain and suffering unnecessarily. All I would want is peace”.

Pauline Hanson 

http://www.onenation.com.au/current_affairs/euthanasia

 

4 – OUTDOOR ADVERTISING

No comment

 

5 – PROSTITUTION

No comment

 

6 – HUMAN RIGHTS BILL

No comment

 

7 – CHILD SAFETY – FOSTER SYSTEM

No comment

 

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*Has signed a pledge to allow abortion at any stage of any pregnancy

Reference: http://www.fairagenda.org/qld_candidate_pledge

 

The Australian Labor Party have not supplied responses to the questions so these responses have been referenced from Australian Labor Parties policy platform here: https://www.queenslandlabor.org/labor/2017-policy-platform/

 

1 – SEX AND GENDER THEORY EDUCATION

From ALP party platform document -

Labor will invest in professional development, training and ongoing support for school principals, teachers and support staff so that they can support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning students and create more inclusive and supportive school environments.

 

2 – ABORTION

From ALP party platform document -

Labor has prioritised reproductive justice for Queenslanders by referring the issue of modernising Queensland’s laws relating to termination of pregnancy to the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

Labor believes that all people should be free to make their own reproductive and sexual health choices for their own bodies.

Labor will actively pursue the decriminalisation of termination of pregnancy in Queensland and will amend the law so that all legal distinctions between termination of pregnancy and other medical procedures are abolished by repealing sections 224, 225 and 226 of the

Criminal Code Act 1899 (Qld) within the next term of government.

 

3 – EUTHANASIA

From ALP party platform document -

Labor believes that voluntary euthanasia and assisted dying, in addition to comprehensive palliative care options, should be legally available as an option for a person of sound mind suffering from a terminal illness that has diminished their quality of life to the extent that the person requests termination of their life. Labor supports a conscience vote on the question of voluntary euthanasia and assisted dying consistent with the 1996 decision of the National Executive.

 

4 – OUTDOOR ADVERTISING

No answer.

 

5 – PROSTITUTION

No answer.

 

6 – HUMAN RIGHTS BILL

Labor will introduce a Human Rights Act for Queensland based on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).

 

7 – CHILD SAFETY – FOSTER SYSTEM

From ALP party platform document -

The Queensland Labor Government has delivered significant funding to reform child and family support services that assist parents and families with the right service at the right time, including:

- establishing a two-year trial to deliver universal parenting support programs for all Queensland parents

- the expansion and integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family support and child protection services, including funding a peak body to plan and develop the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled agencies to provide family services

- restoring vital frontline and frontline support child safety jobs

- increasing funding for intensive family support services

- committing funding for the establishment of 20 Family and Child Connect services across Queensland

- committing funding for the establishment of family wellbeing centres which will assist approximately 6 000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland

- establishing the Empowering Families Innovation Fund – aimed at generating innovative, community led ideas for keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families together

- introducing amendments to the Adoption Act 2009 (Qld) which will enable same sex couples, singles and people undergoing fertility treatment to adopt.

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LNP response received from Michael O'Dwyer, LNP State Director in communication to the Australian Christian Lobby State Director. 

 

1 – SEX AND GENDER THEORY EDUCATION

The LNP is committed to providing better support for families as we Build a Better Queensland.

We have already committed that we will withdraw Safe Schools Coalition resources from Queensland schools.

Under the LNP’s plan to tackle bullying we will develop a new anti-bullying resource for Queensland schools developed in consultation with teachers, parents, educational experts and child psychologists and that is age appropriate.

Any form of bullying or anti-social behaviour should never be tolerated in our schools.

 

2 – ABORTION

Earlier this year, the Queensland Parliament was due to debate two abortion bills that were introduced by the Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and were being strongly pushed by Labor’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.

The LNP made a public commitment to oppose both of these Bills after allowing Members a conscience vote.

The bills were then withdrawn from the Queensland Parliament and referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission for further advice and analysis.

The first Bill left the entire area of abortion unregulated and this was clearly untenable.

The second Bill attempted to correct the failures of the first Bill but fell short. It created further risk and uncertainty as shown in the Parliamentary Committee report.

In fact, the second Bill sought to make it legal for a woman to secure her own abortion without medical supervision – including by the use if illicitly obtained drugs.

The second Bill also created additional legal uncertainty and an ongoing legislative conflict between the Criminal Code and the Health Act.

It is the long-held position of the LNP that the current abortion laws are sufficient and do not need to be changed.

 

3 – EUTHANASIA

In Queensland, neither voluntary euthanasia nor assisted suicide is permitted. This is consistent with most other Governments around the world.

While doctors and nurses have the obligation to preserve life, where death is imminent and where curative or life-prolonging treatment appears to be futile, the ethical duty is to ensure that death occurs with dignity and comfort. The law, therefore, recognises that doctors are entitled to administer proper and necessary medical treatment to alleviate pain and suffering even if those measures also shorten life.

The law also permits a person who has the capacity to make decisions about health matters to refuse any medical treatment. Advance health directives permit a person’s wishes to prevail with respect to particular treatment even when the person no longer has the capacity to exercise their rights to refuse treatment.

The LNP will not be changing the current laws.

 

4 – OUTDOOR ADVERTISING

The LNP is committed to ensuring Queensland is the safest place in Australia to raise a child.

We previously established a parliamentary committee inquiry to look at issues relating to sexually explicit outdoor advertising.

The LNP supported recommendations and agreed to investigate enforcement options to penalize advertisers that do not comply with the determinations of the Advertising Standards Board.

That remains our position and Labor have done nothing on the issue for three years.

Further, the so-called ban on Wicked Campervan slogans is completely futile and it has no impact on vehicles that are registered in other states.

 

5 – PROSTITUTION

The LNP is happy to consider international best practice policies and laws to ensure that illegal prostitution and sex trafficking activities are stamped out, in consultation with the police and the regulatory agency known as the Prostitution Licensing Authority.

 

6 – HUMAN RIGHTS BILL

We support the preservation of the human rights of Queenslanders, but we said publicly that we don’t support the introduction of a Human Rights Act or Bill of Rights. We believe that this would have the perverse effect of limiting the rights and freedoms of Queenslanders and while legislation should always be reviewed, existing laws are sufficient in their objective.

Issues relating to same-sex marriage are a matter for the Commonwealth Parliament.

Our anti-discrimination laws need to ensure that the fundamental rights of individuals are protected and any form of ‘hate speech’ is already outlawed in Queensland.

 

7 – CHILD SAFETY – FOSTER SYSTEM

There is no doubt that the child safety system is in crisis under Labor.

The Queensland Parliament passed new laws in this term to implement permanency care orders that provide stability for children in care. We will monitor the implementation of these laws to ensure they are operating in the best interests of the welfare of our vulnerable children.

 

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Response not received

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*Has signed a pledge to allow abortion at any stage of any pregnancy

Reference: http://www.fairagenda.org/qld_candidate_pledge

 

The Greens Party have not supplied responses to the questions so these responses have been referenced from their website here: https://greens.org.au/

 

1 – SEX AND GENDER THEORY EDUCATION

The Greens want radical gay and transgender sex education to be funded by the State Government –https://greens.org.au/news/qld/greens-attack-safe-schools-funding-cut

 

2 - ABORTION

From Greens party platform document - https://greens.org.au/policies/qld/reproductive-rights

Greens would Enact legislation that makes termination of pregnancy through appropriate surgical or pharmaceutical procedures a safe and legal choice for women, including by:

a) Repealing all provisions of the Queensland Criminal Code and other sanctions regarding termination from Queensland legislation, including sections 224, 225 and 226 of the Queensland Criminal Code 1899.

 

3 – EUTHANASIA

The greens support the introduction of euthanasia legislation in Qld. Greens' plan to legalise access to voluntary euthanasia and will introduce a private members’ Bill to allow voluntary euthanasia in Queensland. https://greens.org.au/search/node/euthanasia  

 

4 – OUTDOOR ADVERTISING

No answer.

 

5 – PROSTITUTION

No answer.

 

6 – HUMAN RIGHTS BILL

No answer

 

7 – CHILD SAFETY – FOSTER SYSTEM

From Greens website: https://greens.org.au/magazine/national/extend-support-foster-care

The Australian Greens believe that children and young people have a right to a loving and nurturing environment. We also consider that prevention strategies play a significant role in setting children and young people up for lifelong success and giving them a good start in life.