Churches are not being treated fairly in Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown.
In regional Victoria, churches must meet outdoors in groups up to 20, whilst people can wine and dine indoors in pubs and restaurants, without masks, in groups of 40, or outdoors in groups of 70.
This unfair and illogical treatment will be extended to Melbourne from midnight on 1 November.
It is despite nearly 300 church leaders and 10,000 Victorians asking the Premier for equal consideration.
It is despite churches being model citizens in recent months, working patiently and cooperatively with the government, complying with all COVID-Safe measures and the DHHS guidelines.
We know how many are struggling after prolonged isolation with loneliness and mental health issues. We know many need spiritual nourishment and fellowship. We also know that God’s interest ought to be first in line. We don’t ask this for ourselves so much as for God and our neighbours.
Another, stronger outpouring of concern is needed on this important matter.
Therefore, I’m encouraging you to take action today.
Please sign the petition to urge Premier Daniel Andrews to treat churches fairly, allowing churches to open for indoor worship in parity with the hospitality sectors.
Please read the letter below and sign. You'll notice that we've asked for your address. This is to validate you're a Victorian so that your voice counts!
The Hon Daniel Andrews
Premier of Victoria
1 Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002
Dear Premier Daniel Andrews,
As people of faith from Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions, we are writing to express our concern that churches be treated equitably in the “roadmap” out of lockdown.
Churches in regional Victoria must meet outdoors in groups up to 20, whilst people can wine and dine indoors in pubs and restaurants, without masks, in groups of 40, or outdoors in groups of 70.
This unfair treatment will be extended to Melbourne from midnight on 1 November.
With our support, our churches have been working patiently and cooperatively with the government, complying with all COVID-Safe measures and the DHHS guidelines since the beginning of the pandemic.
With spacious buildings, COVID-Safe plans, and time limited services, our churches are safer places for people to gather than many other venues.
Therefore, we cordially urge you…
1. To allow churches to open for indoor church services
2. To give churches equal and fair treatment in each of the subsequent steps in the “roadmap” out of lockdown
We make this request on behalf of our wider communities. Many of us are lonely, isolated, facing mental health challenges, and aware of our need for spiritual nourishment. With a spike in health issues around these matters and more, we feel a special urgency to safely open our churches for the good of Victorians.
As Premier, you are continually in our prayers, and we look forward to your plan to work out a safe and fair solution for people of faith and the communities they serve at this challenging time.
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We call upon the Federal Government to recognise that pornography is a public health crisis that leads to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms; and that there is a need for education, prevention, research, and policy change in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming our nation.
Steps to prevent pornography exposure and addiction, to educate individuals and families concerning its harms, and to develop recovery programs, must be addressed systemically in ways that hold broader influences accountable.
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Here, Senator Boswell gives his views on why Australians are not in favour of same-sex marriage.
52,000 PETITION SIGNATURES OPPOSE GAY MARRIAGE
“It’s obvious that there is a strong feeling in mainstream Australia to support the existing definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman,” said The Nationals’ Senator Ron Boswell.
Senator Boswell tabled 52,000 signatures petitioning the Senate to defend this definition of marriage and not to permit recognition of any other form of relationship to be considered equal to marriage.
“The Greens called for feedback from the electorate on gay marriage and here is mine,” said Senator Boswell.
“Tens of thousands of Australians care enough to have signed this petition and that is a strong indication that there is significant opposition to changing the legal definition of marriage.”
“While many Australians support an individual’s private choice of partner, they do not want the uniqueness and essential character of marriage between a man and a woman to be changed.”
“It is not homophobic to respect the existing definition of marriage. It is respecting the foundations on which society is built, particularly the rights of children to a mother and father wherever possible.”
“Non-discrimination against same sex couples can co-exist with a commitment to children being born of and reared by a father and a mother in an unchanged definition of marriage.”
“International human rights law reflects this rational distinction. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides: 'The right of men and women of marriageable age to marry and to found a family shall be recognised.' The Covenant asserts: 'The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.'”
Senator Boswell said that the Greens had picked a fight on the issue of gay marriage purely to create divisions in the ALP and hive off the left wing vote. “The sooner Labor puts the Greens last on preferences and recognises that they are an extreme and destructive force, the better off Australia will be.”