09 August 2010

A Statement From the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

Cardinal Pell’s column on Sunday has brought out another side of Bob Brown. It seems he wants not only to save the environment, but also to re-define Catholic beliefs. It is a pity he is better at spin than at checking his facts.

The Greens’ hostility to private schools is clear from their education policy. No. 65 under “Measures” states the Greens are committed to reducing “the total level of Commonwealth funding for private schools [to] 2003-04 levels”. No. 41 makes it clear that anti-discrimination laws will be used to prevent religious schools from preferring believers to non-believers in employing teachers. No. 42 indicates that limits will be placed on the number of new private schools. No. 63 will remove private schools’ control over their enrolments.

Bob Brown’s claim to defend religious schools through support for the Building the Education Revolution (BER) is on a par with Lee Rhiannon’s claim (NSW Greens Senate No. 1 candidate) that she and her family had not been Stalinists.

Bizarrely, Bob Brown claims that Cardinal Pell opposes the BER. In fact he has welcomed it publicly for both public and private schools, and expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for the school improvements that the BER has made possible.

Also contrary to Brown’s claims, Cardinal Pell’s support for asylum seekers to be treated more compassionately is a matter of long-standing public record.

The Green ethic, as Bob Brown has written about it with Peter Singer, is that humans are simply another smarter animal, so that humans and animals are on the same or similar levels depending on their level of consciousness. This is to replace the Judaeo-Christian beliefs at the heart of Australia’s values with the law of the jungle. It can be seen in the Greens’ enthusiasm for abortion and euthanasia, which is bad news for the weak and the vulnerable, especially at the beginning and the end of life, and thoroughly anti-Christian.

Bob Brown also claims that he is in touch with mainstream Catholic and Christian majority and that they favour homosexual marriage. This would be news to most Australians. If this really were the case it is unlikely that both major parties would have gone to the lengths they have to rule it out as an election issue. It is telling that the Greens have no dedicated family policy on their website.

The economic consequences of the Greens’ policies will increase the cost of living, making food and energy more expensive, which will make the situation of the poor and the battlers even harder.

Many different words could be used to describe the Greens’ policies. Bob Brown used “compassion” and “commonsense”. Like most of what he said yesterday, nothing could be further from the truth. He is a master of spin, expert at camouflaging his basic aims, distracting attention.

Australians thinking of voting Green as a kind of protest against the major parties, especially in the Senate where the Greens could hold the balance of power, owe it to themselves and their families at least to study the Greens’ policies.