IND - Patricia Petersen

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Answer

1 - SEX & GENDER THEORY EDUCATION

  1. 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? I do not want the program taught in schools.
  2. Does your party commit to withdrawing the controversial Safe Schools program and other similar programs already being taught? Yes. I want it withdrawn.
  3. 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? Refuse to support it.

2 – ABORTION

  1. 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? No change.
  2. Will you adhere to this policy for the entire 56th parliament? Yes.
  3. Will your party commit to voting against the introduction of legislation that reduces protections for the unborn within the next parliament? Yes.
  4. Will your party commit to an inquiry into why babies that are currently born alive are not given medical assistance to stay alive? Yes.

3 – EUTHANASIA

  1. Will your party commit to ensuring that euthanasia is not legalised in Queensland? It depends on what safeguards are in place and what is meant by euthanasia.
  2. Will your party commit to voting against the introduction of legislation concerning euthanasia or assisted suicide within the next parliament? Again it depends on safeguards and the definition of euthanasia.

4 – OUTDOOR ADVERTISING

  1. Will your party commit to a policy to ensure that outdoor advertising is ‘G’ rated? Yes,
  2. Will your party commit to introducing legislation to penalise advertisers who repeatedly breach the code? Yes.

5 – PROSTITUTION

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? Will commit to a meaningful examination of the policy. I would need to look at it closely in order to know whether I would support it or not. I am extremely concerned about the socio-economic and health related reasons why people become prostitutes and am totally committed to addressing the cause of the main reason/s for prostitution.

6 – HUMAN RIGHTS BILL

  1. 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? I believe in equality to the rights of freedom and freedom of thought, conscience and religion and freedom of expression.
  2. 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? 

    I believe that they should be offered full legal protection. No one should suffer criminal or civil consequences for refusing to marry or be involved in the marriage of same sex couples. This is an issue I feel strongly about.

  3. 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? Yes I will.

7 – CHILD SAFETY – FOSTER SYSTEM

  1. 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? Yes I will. Absolutely. This issue is something I feel extremely passionate about. I was adopted into a loving Christian home. I would like the same opportunities I was afforded to be granted to other children. Christian parents, christian school, exposed to excellent moral and ethical values.