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Victorian Election Wrap up 16th December 2010
· December 16, 2010 11:00 AM
With the announcement just after lunchtime on 14
December that the Coalition had achieved a majority of 21 seats in the Legislative Council, we can now wrap up commentary on the 2010 Victorian Election.
Ted Baillieu and his team have achieved what may have seemed impossible just a month or two before the November 27
election. With a swing in excess of 6% that as noted above has given them control of both houses, they now have to press on and lead Victoria with confidence and boldness.
Much has been made by commentators on the ‘left” that the majority is so slim, just the one seat. What of course really matters is the size of the swing. Voters wanted change and now it must be delivered. More than more reliable trains and reining in of rising costs and government waste, Victorians are looking for a Government that will reflect their soul. It was heartening to hear the new Premier speak so generously of the contribution by John Brumby and to reflect on the need for his Government to remain humbled by the honour of leading Victoria and to focus on the great workload ahead of them.
Victorians are generous people, fair minded and possessed of a sense of forward thinking that means that “doing the right thing” could almost be our State motto. We now also look for the Opposition, led by Daniel Andrews, to play its part in our democratic process by being an effective opposition, one that offers constructive criticism and real alternatives in policy. We wish him well.
We look forward to the Government meeting the pre-election commitments regarding Equal Opportunity legislation as well as taking a good look at the contentious Racial & Religious Tolerance Act and of course doing more to protect life, especially the most vulnerable, the unborn. Much more can be done to help women, we must tackle the blight of family violence, trafficking in women for sex, our excessive dependence on gambling income and the problem of alcohol fuelled violence.
Our hospitals are in crisis, mental health services desperate for more resources and carers struggling to find respite. These are real problems and often there are no simple quick-fix solutions, but tackle them we must.
Finally a big thanks to all who came to the Make It Count event, Candidate forums or even just informed themselves by visiting the
website. We can make a difference together.
Election blog – Almost over now? 9th December
· December 09, 2010 11:00 AM
It has been a few days since our last posting here, not because we have had nothing to report, but because there has been so much going on!
We know now that the Liberal–National Coalition has won the required 45 seats in the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) to form government and we offer our congratulations to them. They have a huge task ahead of them after 11 years on the opposition benches.
It is beginning to look as though they might complete a “clean sweep” by gaining control in the Legislative Council (Upper House) as well. We will have to wait until next Monday or Tuesday before the VEC gives us the final numbers, but it looks like 21 Liberal, 16 Labor and 3 Greens.
The new Premier impressed us with his gracious comments about the outgoing Premier and the need for his government to be “humble”. Politics can be a grubby business as it involves power and authority, but as Christians we know that all real power comes from God. We hope that this attitude of humility and a passion to lead well becomes a hallmark of the new Victorian Government.
More details and a final wrap after the Council numbers are set next week.
Jim Wallace reviews Vic election result in The Australian
· November 29, 2010 11:00 AM
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace writes in
that the come from behind victory of Ted Baillieu and the Coalition in Saturday's Victorian election was a victory based on leadership, character and values.
He encourages Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, "probably two of the most natural conviction politicians", to heed the lessons of the Victorian result, and show the same kind of leadership and conviction that saw Ted Baillieu preference the Greens last.
The Victorian result, Jim writes, is "a sharp reminder to politics that its business is leadership". Click
to read the full article.
Victorian Election Blog Thursday 25 Nov
· November 25, 2010 11:00 AM
It’s An Election Wrap! (well almost!)
With just one day left for campaigning in the Victorian election, now might be the time to review the big picture, remind ourselves of what has gone on and wrap it up.
For ALL the reports and information on the ACL activities around this election just click
to go to our special website set up just for the Victorian 2010 election!
Just in this last week we ran the last 3 of 15 candidate forums and also challenged the ALP not to do a deal with the Greens (click
We began back in late September where 140 key Church leaders and ACL supporters gathered to hear from and to question the Government and Opposition. You can view these “Make It Count – Victoria” videos
. They shed light on where the leaders of the major parties are going. This was a first for Victoria and we know that it will not be the last time it happens.
At around the same time we put to the political parties a list of 21 questions. This list was developed after we had gone out across the Church asking “What are the questions we should put to the politicians?”. The questions ranged from matters such as equal opportunity, religious vilification, the role for the church, justice & law, hate crimes, prostitution, violent video games, illicit drugs, poverty, poker machines, homelessness and housing affordability, abortion, euthanasia, child protection, same-sex adoption, religious freedom in education, CRE, youth rehabilitation, mental health, disability issues and integrity in government.
We were very pleased to have all the major parties, and some minor ones, provide answers to the questions. You can find them
, you can also drill down on the issues that matter most to you and compare party responses as well.
We also conducted 15 “Candidate Forums” across the State over a 3 week period. In all more than 55 candidates and about 900 supporters from a wide range of churches came along and heard candidates from most parties address the audience and respond to questions framed by those present. Our thanks to the churches who hosted these, those who turned up and of course all of the candidates. Details are
During the time of the election campaign we were also able to help keep you informed by blogging as often as possible, responding to issues raised by supporters or in the media. Information on conscience votes by sitting MPs and membership of Emily’s list were also found
. We also joined a good group of Christians in Parliament House who gathered together to pray for the election.
Perhaps talking about prayer is a good place to end this wrap up. We have done what we can to provide the Christian constituency with information, we have spoken up on issues such as Emily’s list
, the radical Greens policies
, preference deals
and misleading newspaper headlines
Now all that is left is to pray and go cast your vote. May God direct and guide you this coming Saturday. Regardless of who wins Government, we will continue to represent a voice for values in the political sphere.
Christian Lobby calls on Labor to commit to “No Deal” with Greens
· November 23, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today called on Premier John Brumby to assure Victorians that he would not enter into a deal with the radical Greens to secure a hold on government in the event of a hung Parliament after Saturday’s Victorian election.
“In just a few sitting weeks with the Greens having just one Lower House seat in the Federal Parliament we have seen a complete misappropriation of both parliamentary time and the legislative programme on their minority and extreme agenda,” ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward said.
“Again in Tasmania, with the Greens supporting Labor in a minority government, we see Labor being pulled far to the left. Here in Victoria, voters - especially the Christian constituency - need to know that Victorian Labor will not follow the same dangerous path.”
Mr Ward called on the Labor Party to: “Commit now, publicly and clearly, that they will not allow themselves to fall prey to the temptation to hang on to power via a deal with the Greens”.
“Legalising euthanasia, economic policies that could cost jobs, cutting funding for non-government schools, and abolishing exceptions under Equal Opportunity legislation for religious organisations are amongst the radical policies that Labor would have to accommodate if they got into bed with the Greens,” Mr Ward said.
“Given the recent legislative agenda pursued in Victoria, including the Abortion Law Reform Act, unhelpful Equal Opportunity changes, laws allowing IVF for homosexual couples and new promises to ‘review’ gay adoption, Victorians generally and Christians in particular need to know now, before the 27th November, if Labor will take a principled stand.
“The Liberals have done the right thing by preferencing the Greens last, what will Labor do? Will they allow another political situation where the Greens’ minority agendas are permitted to destabilise government and the legislative process? We deserve an answer.”
Election Blog 23 Nov 2010
· November 23, 2010 11:00 AM
One of the sad reflections on this campaign might be how it has denigrated to being personal rather than about the real issues. Did Ted Baillieu do anything wrong when the Real Estate company that bears his family name acted for the Government all those years ago? I suspect not, but it seems as though just throwing mud is enough.
On the other hand the tit-for-tat bidding war continues, more paramedics from this party, an increase in funding for non-government schools, well “we will match that” is the mantra.
At our candidate forums the same issues come up again, law & order, abortion, public transport, care for the disadvantaged, the Greens push for euthanasia and gay marriage, all of these and more concern voters. Yet it seems as though throwing money around is the answer for everything. Personally I was pleased to hear some candidates speak about building respect for others in our society. I sensed that there was great concern for the next generation growing up without real moral guidelines. There is hope yet!
The possibility of a hung Parliament remains with us and today we called on Labor to commit to not doing a deal with the Greens to hang on to power. Of course the best way to avoid this is for one of the major parties to win outright. Regardless of your feelings about Labor or Liberal, having the Greens pulling the strings, pulling our society down a path of radical Green politics is a real concern for many.
Don’t forget to vote early if you are away on Saturday!
Election Blog 24 Nov 2010
· November 23, 2010 11:00 AM
ALP & The Greens, Final forum & Emily’s List
Interesting to see a number of newspaper reports today sounding the same alarm as we have, concerned about the impact of a Green/Labor marriage of convenience. Wayne Swan speaks out
And also Janet Albrechsten
Last night saw the largest forum we have been involved in in this election, almost 250 people gathered from across the Church came to Bairnsdale to hear four candidates ask for their vote, explain their values and respond to a great range of questions from the audience. What was clear was that the issue of abortion law is high on the radar for Christians with fully one third of the questions on this issue alone.
Finally for today, can I encourage you to take a good look at the “conscience votes” tab at the top of this page? Here you will find out not just how your MP voted on key issues but also very importantly discover who is a part of Emily’s list. This is the ALP group that seems to have worked hardest to push through the abortion law changes.
Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done in this election outcome.
Daily Election Blog - Fri Nov 19
· November 19, 2010 11:00 AM
Health, law & order, transport and planning continue to be the issues most covered by the mainstream media. Education matters such as promises of more schools and camps for students in Year 9 also get attention.
But what about other matters? Integrity in government, protecting religious freedom, freedom of choice in education, support for the disadvantaged and even rolling back the radical abortion laws. Not a mention!
Christians should look beyond the “WIIFM” paradigm (What’s In It For Me?). We need to look for leadership, for principled decision making and even some moral fortitude. Slick campaigns and smart words may be the stuff of TV commercials but we are called to be more discerning.
Take a look at the videos on this website of the Government and Opposition speaking to Church leaders, take the time to examine the 21 questions and answers from the Parties, and if there is one in your area, attend a
Renewed minds, informed minds and prayerful hearts will make for a better vote.
Daily Election Blog - Thurs Nov 18
· November 18, 2010 11:00 AM
Last night ACL did its bit again for democracy, running a number of candidate forums that attracted over 200 people. Candidates spoke about why they should get your vote, shared something about themselves and then responded to questions from the very people they hope to represent in Parliament. Democracy in action!
However was democracy served quite as well in Bendigo? Jacinta Allan, the sitting ALP MP and member of Emily’s List declined the invitation to attend. Jacinta cited as her reason some concerns for her safety and that of her campaign staff; a result of some incidents over recent weeks that have been reported to the Bendigo Police. The veracity of those concerns are for the Police and others to judge, and we certainly accept them at face value.
ACL goes to great lengths to ensure that our forums are fair, even handed and safe for all candidates to attend. We firmly believe that even on issues when passions run high, every person needs to be treated with respect. How can we proclaim the dignity of life if we do not treat each other with dignity?
However there are really two options here. One is that Jacinta was genuinely concerned for her safety; the other is that it was a convenient way of avoiding discussion of some tough issues.
Either way, democracy missed out.
Daily Election Blog - Wed Nov 17
· November 17, 2010 11:00 AM
With the actual date drawing even closer, the barrage of ideas, polices and statements are reaching fever pitch. Everything from boot camp for students to 40 new trains, more hospital beds, more police and more promises keep on coming!
Some business commentators have expressed concern that Greens policies will harm the fragile economic recovery in Victoria after the GFC. Many of their policies are not yet costed, and one wonders where the money will come from. This is of course quite apart from our worries over the social engineering tendencies of the Greens.
The ACL Candidate forums across the State are drawing larger numbers and more interest as the date gets closer. Issues raised by those attending range from public transport, support for special needs children, the abortion law, help for pensioners struggling with rising utilities costs, euthanasia, freedom of religion, law and order on our streets and changes to equal opportunity laws. Gay marriage has also been covered as has the Greens push to take funding away from Christian Schools.
Given the range of issues, and the often strong feelings aroused, ACL remains committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for candidates.
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