For release: Wednesday 4 May, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has posted answers given by Legislative Council candidates to a series of questions recently put to them.

ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown says there have been a range of responses to the eight questions posed to candidates in the three contested divisions. The questions cover a wide range of issues: euthanasia, same-sex marriage, religious freedom and surrogacy along with child protection, gambling, prostitution and homelessness.

“Obviously we could not ask all the questions we would have liked but those posed do give a good indication to voters about where candidates stand on issues that have potential to impact society as a whole,” Mr Brown said.

“We have deliberately targeted issues facing Tasmania in 2011, the most current being that of surrogacy which is due to be debated in the upper house at the end of this month.

“It is good to see some candidates committing themselves to putting children’s rights ahead of adult’s wishes by agreeing to allow children born through surrogacy to begin life with both a mum and dad.”

Mr Brown said some candidates are still yet to respond and that Greens candidates had declined to answer the questionnaire. Anyone interested in viewing the candidate responses can do so through the ACL’s website which will continue to be updated leading up to Saturday’s elections.

Mr Brown encouraged voters to support candidates who were prepared to put kids’ rights to a mum and dad first.

He also urged voters to use the website to cast an informed vote for the upper house in Saturday’s election.