Questions

Do you agree with state funding of the SHINE SA Safe Schools program which (along with the DECD mandatory:

  • Supporting Same sex attracted, Intersex and Gender Diverse Students Policy November 2016: and
  • Transgender and Intersex Students Support Procedure November 2016;

now apply contested and scientifically unsound gender theory into all SA state schools without the need for parental consent?

 

If elected will you support an independent inquiry into the the implementation of the SHINE SA Safe Schools program and the mandating of the Supporting Same sex attracted, Intersex and Gender Diverse Students Policy November 2016: and the Transgender and Intersex Students Support Procedure November 2016?

Labor Party Position:

No Labor members have answered the questionnaire, but the Education Minister is on record supporting the Safe Schools program and the Supporting Same sex attracted, Intersex and Gender Diverse Students Policy November 2016: and

Transgender and Intersex Students Support Procedure November 2016 were introduced by the Labor Government and the current Labor Education Minister.

 

SA Best Position:

There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate. That response advised there is no party policy on this as yet.

 

The Greens Position:

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. The Greens have consistently supported the Safe Schools program. See https://greens.org.au/tags/safe-schools-program.

The SA parliament has unsuccessfully attempted to reform prostitution law in SA for many years. It is clear that prostitution degrades women by objectifying them as commodities for men’s sexual gratification. Internationally, policies discouraging demand for sexual services are proving to be the most effective way of limiting both the size of and the harms resulting from prostitution. The progressive “Nordic model” criminalises the buyer of sex, not the provider, and provides viable pathways for those wishing to exit prostitution.

Would you support a Nordic Model Bill in the next parliament to help vulnerable women in SA?

Labor Party Position:

No Labor members have answered the questionnaire. The issue of prostitution is generally dealt with as a conscience vote in the Labor Party. The attempt to decriminalise prostitution was co-sponsored by Steph Key, the ALP member for Badcoe, who is retiring this election. It is thought that some Labor members notably Tom Kenyon, Tom Koutsantonis, John Rau, Leesa Vlahos, Peter Malinauskas and perhaps Dana Wortley would not support decriminalisation of prostitution and some like Leesa Vlahos and Tom Kenyon may support a Nordic Model bill.

 

SA Best Position:

There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate. That response advised there is no party policy on this as yet.

 

The Greens Position:

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. However in State Parliament last year the Greens members supported the decriminalisation of prostitution.

 

Euthanasia has been rejected by SA parliaments on 15 occasions. Would you oppose or support any future attempts to legalise euthanasia in SA?

Labor Party Position:

No Labor members have answered the questionnaire. In November 2017 Labor Minister Kyam Maher promised to introduce another euthanasia bill after the election. The Premier also supported euthanasia when it was before Parliament in November 2017.  

 

The Labor MPs who voted for euthanasia in 2017 were:

Member for Cheltenham and Premier, Jay Weatherill

Member for Florey, Frances Bedford

Member for Mawson, Leon Bignell

Member for Colton, Paul Caica

Member for Port Adelaide, Susan Close

Member for Fisher, Nat Cook

Member for Elder, Annabel Digance

Member for Napier, Jon Gee

Member for Reynell, Katrine Hildyard

Member for Giles, Eddie Hughes

Member for Ashford, Steph Key

Member for Lee, Stephen Mullighan

Member for Little Para, Lee Odenwalder

Member for Kaurna, Chris Picton

Member for Torrens, Dana Wortley.

 

The Labor MPS who voted against euthanasia in 2017 were:

Member for Ramsay, Zoe Bettison

Member for Newland, Tom Kenyon

Member for West Torrens, Tom Koutsantonis

Member for Light, Tony Piccolo

Member for Playford, Jack Snelling

Member for Wright, Jennifer Rankine

Member for Enfield, John Rau

Member for Taylor, Leesa Vlahos

 

SA Best Position:

There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate. That response advised there is no party policy on this as yet.

 

The Greens Position:

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. The Greens policy is:

The Greens SA want:

People diagnosed with a terminal illness to be able to die with dignity

Adults to be able to choose their own care and treatment for a terminal illness

Hospitals and doctors to be able to support people in their choice of treatments without compunction

The Greens SA will initiate and support legislation that allows for voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted dying in strictly limited situations, where the following conditions are satisfied:

 

The applicant is a mentally competent adult (18 years or older)

The person with the terminal illness must, at the time of application and at all later stages in the process, be currently experiencing pain or suffering associated with that terminal illness

The relevant law must set out each and every one of the protections outlined below to establish that the application is voluntary and remains so throughout the process

The relevant law will only be available to someone who is confirmed by two separate, independent medical practitioners as being in the final stages of a terminal illness

The Greens SA will introduce and support legislation that will:

Allow a terminally ill adult to end their life with the help of an approved medical professional after being fully informed of the likely progress of the terminal illness, forms of practically available evidence-based treatment and the possible side-effects, benefits and outcomes

Ensure that the applicant, by reason of pain or suffering associated with a terminal illness, truly wishes to end their life and has not been pressured into their decision by others, or has made the request as consequence of a mental disorder

Ensure that the applicant is made aware that the approved medical professional to whom the request is made may refuse the request, in which case the applicant may approach a different approved medical professional

Ensure that the applicant has been provided with levels of care, physical support and psychological support that are appropriate to their circumstances

Ensure that the applicant has attempted all practically available evidence-based treatments and pain management measures, including where relevant, psychological support

Limit the application of the legislation to South Australian residents

Ensure that, when acting in compliance with the legislation, the applicant and any person who deals with or gives effect to a request does not incur any criminal or civil liability and is not liable to any disciplinary proceeding

Protect the right of medical professionals or other medical staff to not be involved in any aspect of voluntary euthanasia unless they choose to

Support increases in funding and support for palliative care, including both local hospice and home-based care

According to Palliative Care SA about 6000 South Australians will die this year without adequate palliative care. Would you support:

  1. Increased funding for palliative care in this State?
  2. an inquiry into improving end of life treatment for South Australians and in particular into how palliative care may be improved?

Labor Party Position:

No Labor members have answered the questionnaire.

 

SA Best Position:

There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate. That response advised there is no party policy on this as yet.

 

The Greens Position:

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. The Greens policy is:

The Greens SA want:

People diagnosed with a terminal illness to be able to die with dignity

Adults to be able to choose their own care and treatment for a terminal illness

Hospitals and doctors to be able to support people in their choice of treatments without compunction

The Greens SA will initiate and support legislation that allows for voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted dying in strictly limited situations, where the following conditions are satisfied:

 

The applicant is a mentally competent adult (18 years or older)

The person with the terminal illness must, at the time of application and at all later stages in the process, be currently experiencing pain or suffering associated with that terminal illness

The relevant law must set out each and every one of the protections outlined below to establish that the application is voluntary and remains so throughout the process

The relevant law will only be available to someone who is confirmed by two separate, independent medical practitioners as being in the final stages of a terminal illness

The Greens SA will introduce and support legislation that will:

Allow a terminally ill adult to end their life with the help of an approved medical professional after being fully informed of the likely progress of the terminal illness, forms of practically available evidence-based treatment and the possible side-effects, benefits and outcomes

Ensure that the applicant, by reason of pain or suffering associated with a terminal illness, truly wishes to end their life and has not been pressured into their decision by others, or has made the request as consequence of a mental disorder

Ensure that the applicant is made aware that the approved medical professional to whom the request is made may refuse the request, in which case the applicant may approach a different approved medical professional

Ensure that the applicant has been provided with levels of care, physical support and psychological support that are appropriate to their circumstances

Ensure that the applicant has attempted all practically available evidence-based treatments and pain management measures, including where relevant, psychological support

Limit the application of the legislation to South Australian residents

Ensure that, when acting in compliance with the legislation, the applicant and any person who deals with or gives effect to a request does not incur any criminal or civil liability and is not liable to any disciplinary proceeding

Protect the right of medical professionals or other medical staff to not be involved in any aspect of voluntary euthanasia unless they choose to

Support increases in funding and support for palliative care, including both local hospice and home-based care

 

Drugs continue to wreak havoc in our community. Some are suggesting the decriminalisation of small volume use and possession of illicit drugs.

Would you support or oppose legislation to enable this?

Labor Party Position: No Labor members have answered the questionnaire

 

SA Best Position: There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate. That response advised there is no party policy on this as yet.

 

The Greens Position:

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. However the Federal Greens policy is to support the decriminalisation of the use of recreational drugs like cannabis:

See http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greens-in-radical-new-drug-legalisation-push-20161126-gsy5ee.html

Given that the advances in medical science mean that children are now capable of being born alive at 24 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy, would you support a review of section 82A(8) of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 which says that “evidence that a woman had at any material time been pregnant for a period of twenty-eight weeks or more shall be prima facie proof that she was at that time pregnant of a child capable of being born alive” with a view to bringing it into line with current medical science and so changing the period to 24 weeks?

 Labor Party Position: No Labor members have answered the questionnaire.

 

SA Best Position:There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate. That response advised there is no party policy on this as yet.

 

The Greens Position: 

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. The Federal Greens policy on abortion is:

Legal. Accessible. Affordable.

The Greens see affordable, universal health care as an investment, not a cost. Right now, access to sexual and reproductive health services including abortion can be expensive, are not always provided via public hospitals, and for rural women or low income women it can be very difficult.

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy it can be extremely difficult for some women to decide what is best for themselves and those around them. For other women the circumstances of their lives and the pregnancy make the decision more straight forward. We need prevention strategies to avoid unwanted pregnancies, but we also must make sure abortion is legal, accessible and affordable.

Our Plan

The Greens will invest $15 million over 4 years to improve access. We will:

Support decriminalisation of abortion under State law in NSW and Queensland, and the removal of criminal provisions in SA and WA where they still exist.

Increase access via public hospitals by establishing the Task Force on Abortion and Contraception funded at $2 million p.a. for 4 years who would work to clear the roadblocks to providing terminations through public hospitals.

Cut out-of-pocket costs for abortions. The first step would be a review to ensure Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) rebates are adequate to cover the true cost or terminations and examine better ways to offer contraception. Funding for the review would be $500,000.

Get accurate data on terminations provided in Australia. Funding would be $5 million to develop a nation-wide system of data collection in order to meet demand.

Supporting “truth in advertising” laws for pregnancy counselling services to support women to make a free choice without judgement, deception or anti-choice biases: See https://greens.org.au/accessible-abortion

 

Do you support faith-based organisations’ current right to, if they so choose, restrict employment or enrolment to those who share their ethos, just like political parties do?

Labor Party Position: No Labor members have answered the questionnaire.

 

SA Best Position - The party platform says:

People of religious faith should be able to practice their religion without persecution. This important right carries with it the mutual obligation to respect other faith-based beliefs (and those who do not believe) and not incite violence or discriminatory behaviour, or harass or use coercion tactics.

What needs to be done:

We should look at implementing French laws giving protection to the vulnerable for psychological coercion

There needs to be ongoing multi-faith dialogue to encourage tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others

 

The Greens Position:

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. The Federal Greens policy is to end exemptions for religious groups: See https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/may/17/greens-promise-to-end-religious-exemptions-to-sex-discrimination-act.

 

 

 

Poker machines cause a great deal of social harm to vulnerable South Australians. Over $60 million is lost monthly on poker machines in South Australia, with a significant portion of this attributed losses suffered by women.

A. Do you support legislating for $1 bets?

B. What other measures do you support to help at-risk South Australians and their families?

Labor Party Position: No Labor members have answered the questionnaire.

 

SA Best Position:

There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate:

On 20 February 2018 Nick Xenophon the SA Best leader announced his party’s gambling policy:

  • To seek to reduce South Australia’s more than 12,000 poker machines by a third;
  • To seek to reduce the maximum bet to $1 per spin;
  • To introduce a ban on political donations from the gambling industry;
  • To reduce the maximum jackpot to $500.

 

The Greens Position:

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. However the Greens would be pushing to phase out of pokies in pubs and clubs over five years: See https://sarah-hanson-young.greensmps.org.au/articles/pokies-must-go-action-harmful-gambling-addiction-greens