Media release

Claims by the Australian Greens on the weekend that their policies are very much aligned with Christian values are completely at odds with their refusal to respond to 18 out of 24 questions on issues of concern to Christians, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that out of all the major and minor parties to respond to the questionnaire, the Australian Greens were the only party to selectively respond answering just six of the questions.

“The Greens had an opportunity to demonstrate their alignment with Christian values by answering ACL’s questionnaire.

“If Greens’ policies were truly aligned with Christian values they would not have sought to avoid scrutiny in this way,” Mr Wallace said.

“If they think that issues such as youth unemployment, the sexualisation of children, freedom of religion and life issues – all areas where they declined to answer questions – aren’t of importance to Christians then they are clearly out-of-touch with the great bulk of the Christian constituency.

“Christians tend to care about a broad cross-section of issues ranging from social justice issues to moral and life issues. In some areas, such as the environment and refugees, the Greens’ policies have attractions. However on issues like the sanctity of life, marriage, school chaplaincy and ending the exploitation of women through prostitution and pornography, Greens’ policies run totally against most Christian views.

“You can see how ridiculous their claims are when Greens’ leader Bob Brown says his party is closer to Christian thinking than the highest ranking Catholic in Australia – namely the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell.

“Any attempt by the Greens to describe ACL’s concerns as narrow doesn’t hold up when the reality is that the narrowness of the Greens’ agenda was demonstrated by them only answering six of the 24 questions which were part of the ACL’s broader agenda.”

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