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Candidates in electorate of Fairfax, Qld address voters at ACL's Meet Your Candidate Forum
· August 27, 2013 10:00 AM
Last night, ACL held a 'Meet Your Candidate' forum (MYCF) in the electorate of Fairfax in Queensland, a region to the North of Brisbane consisting of areas such as Nambour, Coolum, Maroochydoore, Montville, and Kenilworth. It has been a safe seat for the Liberal Party since the 1990s. Over 160 people attended the event.
The purpose of a MYCF is to give voters the opportunity to meet and question candidates in their electorate about issues of most concern to them, and to gain a greater understanding of their values and priorities so they can make an informed vote on election day. It also gives Christians the opportunity to engage with and contribute to the political process.
All eight candidates for the seat of Fairfax attended:
- Candidate for the Liberal National Party. A businessman who started his work life as a baker, and held a number of high profile business roles including chair of the advisory board for Ronald McDonald House for southeast Queensland.
- Labor candidate who works as a crisis line supervisor for Lifeline, and in its Community Recovery program.
- A mining magnate running as a candidate for the Palmer's United Party, which he created this year after severing ties with the LNP.
- Greens candidate who has studied public health and community development.
- Candidate for Katter's Australian Party who has worked alongside his wife to help raise money for charities.
- One Nation candidate who is an advocate for amending Section 128 of the Constitution to give all voters the right to initiate Constitutional referendums.
- Candidate for Family First; a piano teacher and fitness trainer.
- Independent candidate for the seat, and is a career consultant.
Each candidate presented a speech to the audience which was followed by a Q & A session moderated by ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis.
The candidates spoke on a number of issues including family, homelessness, the environment, affordable housing, education, marriage, and the economy. They were questioned on their priorities for a first term.
Ms Meyer said she believed in encouraging strong, healthy families, and that Family First offered a choice for "those who believe in standing up for what is right rather than what is popular.
Mr O'Brien spoke about resigning from his business as soon as he was pre-selected, and how he wanted to represent the area for the rest of his life.
Mr Palmer voiced his opposition to abortion, and said he would allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage. He also spoke about the importance of driving the economy. The attention on fixing the economy was also shared by Mr O'Brien.
Mr Sawyer said he would fight for a better deal for Australian farmers and producers, and supports the introduction of an ethanol fuel industry in Australia.
Ms Hughes said her priorities were to combat homelessness in the region, and fighting for health services to stay in public hands, as well as fast-tracking the national broadband rollout.
Mr Knobel wants greater support for small business, as well as stronger environmental protection.
An article by The Daily Examiner
details further the events of the night.
ACL will be conducting more MYCF’s in states around the country –
click here for details.
Political parties fail to raise issue of homelessness in Australia
· August 23, 2013 10:00 AM
The federal election campaign has raised issues like marriage, paid parental leave, cracking down on people smugglers, and managing the federal budget. What there fails to have been is a serious discussion on the state of poverty and homelessness across our nation.
The ACL places a strong emphasis
on changing the state of poverty and justice in Australia through public policy; as Christians, we are called to be "generous to the poor" (Proverbs 19:17) and to "give to the needy" (Luke 12:33).
This week, the Pastor of a church in Sydney's Kings Cross urged the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott to focus more on the needs of the unemployed and homeless during this election campaign. In an
interview with ABC News' Sally Sara
, he says the most vulnerable in our society, including the homeless and asylum seekers, are being dehumanised by the level of fear in the current political debate, and that more and more, we are becoming a country with no heart.
Also this week, welfare group
St Vincent de Paul Society demanded an anti-poverty strategy
for Australia in the election campaign. Its CEO Dr John Falzon said that nearly 13 per cent of the population was living in poverty, including more than half a million children. The group has called on both sides of politics to commit to meeting the Homelessness White Paper target of halving all homelessness by 2020.
, there are over 105,000 homeless people in the country. That means that on any given night, 1 in 200 people have no home to go to. The rate of homelessness is also on the rise; the 2011 Census showed that in five years, the rate of homelessness increased by eight per cent. This is caused by a number of reasons, including a chronic shortage of affordable and available rental housing, domestic and family violence, and financial crisis.
ACL's Katherine Spackman recently
interviewed Mission Australia's CEO Toby Hall
about the need for political parties to address the issue of homelessness in Australia. Mr Hall said that both sides of politics have been weak on the issues; Kevin Rudd has loosely made comments about halving the poverty rate in Australia by 2020 but this has not been backed by any policy or money, and there has been very little focus on it by the Coalition. Mission Australia is asking both sides to partner together to provide the necessary resources and affordable housing to combat poverty and homelessness on our streets.
In the lead up to the federal election, the ACL sent a questionnaire to political parties designed to educate voters of party positions on issues of particular importance to Christians. Follow
to find out their answers to the homelessness question.
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