November’s Victorian election could be the most important in a generation.
So it is important to see Christians participating in the political process and making a stand for godly values.
On Tuesday night ACL hosted Make it Count, a pre-election event in Melbourne. We were privileged to have the Premier Denis Napthine and Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews address Christians on important social issues.
This was an opportunity for the church to be informed about party policies in the lead up to the November election.
Around 150 people across most Victorian denominations gathered to hear the leaders’ views on issues like abortion and gambling.Coalition running on their record
The Premier used the opportunity to highlight the government’s record in these areas.
Responding to a question from Reverend Paul Arnott about problem gambling, Dr Napthine said money lost to poker machines has decreased since his government’s election.
Dr Napthine said if re-elected, faith-based organisations would continue to be able to preference prospective staff members who share their beliefs.
“The Coalition strongly believes in freedom of choice, especially with respect to religion, belief and association.
“We believe that schools and faith-based organisations should have the right to employ people who share those values and beliefs,” he said.Labor looks to social issues
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews outlined some of the new measures his government would introduce, if elected, to tackle social problems.
Mr Andrews promised a conscience vote should a private members’ bill be introduced to allow doctors to decline to participate in abortions, by making referrals for them. Dr Napthine made the same commitment.
Answering a question from Reverend Gayle Hill on domestic violence, Mr Andrews committed to establishing a royal commission into the problem if elected.
Mr Andrews also promised to set up a taskforce to report on the ice epidemic in the state. The taskforce would need to report to parliament within the first 100 days.
“This is a very, very real problem. It’s poison; it’s ruining communities,” he said.
Victorians will go to the polls on November 29. Please be praying for a godly outcome.