Monday, 27th February, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has launched the website www.qldvotes.org.au to help voters make an informed decision at this year’s state election on March 24th.
ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis said the website will allow people to compare parties responses on 21 questions of concern to the Christian constituency.
“The ACL will be promoting this website to thousands of Christians throughout the state, particularly in electorates where members voted against the right of a child to a mother and a father when altruistic surrogacy legislation was passed in 2010,” Ms Francis said.
“The website will also have details of each individual MPs response to crucial conscience votes affecting the rights of kids,” she said.
Ms Francis said major issues covered in the questionnaire included alcohol abuse, homelessness and housing affordability, poker machines, abortion, euthanasia, palliative care, adoption, outdoor advertising and Christian religious education.
The questionnaire will also be available to download in an eBook which can be read on smartphones and tablets.
“The ACL welcomed Family First’s response on problem gambling by committing to implement $1 bets on pokie machines. However, both major parties answers on this issue were disappointing,” she said.
“On collecting abortion statistics, the LNP agreed to consider findings of a 2008 senate inquiry for all states to collect abortion data.
“The ACL also welcomes the commitment from Labor, LNP and Family First to maintain a prohibition on harmful X-rated DVDs from being sold in Queensland,” she said.
Ms Francis said the site also has a video of Campbell Newman’s address to Christian voters which the Premier and Deputy Premier declined to attend.
The site also contains details of 19 Meet Your Candidate Forums in key marginal seats, where candidates are invited to address Christians and their concerns.