We asked all parties and candidates 10 questions.
Q1: Prayers in Parliament
Would you vote to support the continued opening of parliament with Christian prayers?
If elected, will you insist education officials hold policies that do not undermine freedom of speech, faith and association?
Would you vote against proposals for the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland?
Would you vote against any proposal for legal euthanasia and assisted suicide?
Q5: Religious freedom
Would you support a bill to remove vilification offences based on religion, sexuality and gender identity?
Would you support the Nordic model as a helpful response to the tragedy of prostitution?
Q7: Upper House
Would you support a constitutional convention to investigate restoring the Legislative Council?
Would you vote to restrict adoption to heterosexual couples who are in marriages that are at least two years old?
Will you support parental rights in education, including consenting to sexuality and relationships programs?
Q10: Human rights
Would you vote against plans for a Human Rights Act or a Bill of Rights?
How the parties responded
|10 Yes, Definitely||7 Probably||5 Unsure||3 Unlikely||2 Definitely Not||1 No Comment|
|Party||1.Prayers||2.Freedom||3.Abortion||4.Euthanasia||5.Rel Freedom||6.Prostitution||7.Upper House||8.Adoption||9.Education||10.Human rights||Total|
Liberal Nationals Coalition
Liberals Nationals Coalition
Q1. Prayers: We support the retention of morning prayers in the Parliament.
Q2. Freedom: We are sick of the political correctness that has crept into our society and the discussion around Christmas cards is a perfect example of that. We believe that freedom of religion needs to be protected and that includes in our schools.
Q3. Abortion: Earlier this year, the Queensland Parliament was due to debate two abortion bills that were introduced by the Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and were being strongly pushed by Labor’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.
The LNP made a public commitment to oppose both of these Bills after allowing Members a conscience vote.
The Bills were then withdrawn from the Queensland Parliament and referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission for further advice and analysis.
The first Bill left the entire area of abortion unregulated and this was clearly untenable.
The second Bill attempted to correct the failures of the first Bill but fell well short. It created further risk and uncertainty as shown in the Parliamentary Committee report.
In fact, the second Bill sought to make it legal for a woman to secure her own abortion without medical supervision – including by the use of illicitly obtained drugs.
The second Bill also created additional legal uncertainty and an ongoing legislative conflict between the Criminal Code and the Health Act.
It is the long-held position of the LNP that the current abortion laws are sufficient and do not need to be changed.
Q4. Euthanasia: In Queensland, neither voluntary euthanasia nor assisted suicide is permitted. This is consistent with most other Governments around the world.
While doctors and nurses have the obligation to preserve life, where death is imminent and where curative or life-prolonging treatment appears to be futile, the ethical duty is to ensure that death occurs with dignity and comfort. The laws, therefore, recognises that doctors are entitled to administer proper and necessary medical treatment to alleviate pain and suffering even if those measures also shorten life.
The law also permits a person who has the capacity to make decisions about health matters to refuse any medical treatment. Advance health directives permit a person’s wishes to prevail with respect to particular treatments even when the person no longer has the capacity to exercise their rights to refuse treatment.
The LNP will not be changing the current laws.
Q5. Rel Freedom: We believe the existing laws around the use of ‘hate speech’ and anti-discrimination are sufficient, specifically section 124A of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, specifically:
124A Vilification on grounds of race, religion, sexuality or gender identity unlawful
(1) A person must not, by a public act, incite hatred towards,
Serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of, a person or group
Of persons on the ground of the race, religion, sexuality or
Gender identity of the person or members of the group.
Q6. Prostitution: The LNP is happy to consider international best practice policies and laws to ensure that illegal prostitution and sex trafficking activities are stamped out, in consultation with the police and the regulatory agency known as the Prostitution Licensing Authority.
Q7. Upper House: While we appreciate the importance of ‘checks and balances’ on democracy, the restoration of an upper house is not an issue that has been consistently raised with us.
Q8. Adoption: We don’t have any plans to change the adoption laws in Queensland.
Q9. Education: The LNP is committed to providing better support for families as we Build a Better Queensland.
We have already committed that we will withdraw Safe Schools Coalition resources from Queensland schools.
Under the LNP’s plan to tackle bullying we will develop a new anti-bullying resource for Queensland schools developed in consultation with teachers, parents, educational experts and child psychologists and that is age appropriate.
Any form of bullying or anti-social behaviour should never be tolerated in our schools.
Q10. Human rights: We support the preservation of the human rights of Queenslanders, but we said publicly that we don’t support the introduction of a Human Rights Act or Bill or Rights. We believe that this would have the perverse effect of limiting the rights and freedoms of Queenslanders and while legislation should always be reviewed, existing laws are sufficient in their objectives.
Issues relating to same-sex marriage are a matter for the Commonwealth Parliament.
Our anti-discrimination laws need to ensure that the fundamental rights of individuals are protected and as you would know, any form of ‘hate speech’ is already outlawed in Queensland.
Q1. Prayers: No comment. The removal of prayers from the Order of Business would require an amendment to sessional orders and is a matter for the Speaker, as Chair of the Committee of the Legislative Assembly, to consider in the first instance, rather than the Government.
Q2. Freedom: Definitely. There has been no change and will be no change to religious instruction policy in Queensland.
The suggestion that there is any kind of policy position banning this sort of discussion is simply untrue. The Minister for Education Kate Jones has repeatedly responded to this claim, stating:
“The policy in place in Queensland state schools today is exactly the same as the policy in place under
the former Newman Government and has been the same for more than 20 years. Our government
made it very clear last year that we support religious instruction in schools where the parents and
school community decide they want that for their children.”
We are an inclusive education system that has a responsibility to provide a quality education for all children of all faiths. The Palaszczuk government will always ensure children can freely talk about their faith in the playground.
Q3. Abortion: The Palaszczuk Government referred the question of abortion to the Queensland law Reform Commission (QLRC). The QLRC is required to report back to the Attorney-general by 30 June 2018. The Premier has made a commitment that in the next term of Government, Labor will bring forward a Bill to Parliament based on the recommendations of the QLRC Report. Labor caucus members will be entitled to exercise a conscience vote, as per party policy.
Q4. Euthanasia: The issue of voluntary euthanasia or assisted dying is a very serious and emotive issue and, understandably, generates significant debate within the community, with strong views being held on both sides.
The Palaszczuk Government respects the notion of supporting people and improving the lives of all Queenslanders and also understands that people deserve the best quality of life throughout their lives.
The Palaszczuk Government has no current plans to introduce legislation to allow for voluntary euthanasia and will continue to closely monitor developments in other jurisdictions.
A conscience vote also applies to this issue for Labor members.
Q5. Rel Freedom: The Palaszczuk government has no plans to change the Anti-discrimination legislation to remove vilification offences based on religion, sexuality and gender identity.
Q6. Prostitution: No. The Palaszczuk Government does not propose to change the current prostitution licensing framework in Queensland during the next term of Government.
Q7. Upper House: No. Integrity and accountability and proper consultation were key principles that the Premier took to the 2015 election through, and the Premier has been delivering on these principles during this parliamentary term.
For instance, the Premier’s commitment to the Member for Nicklin, the Honourable Peter Wellington MP, to not bypass proper consideration of Bills by the Parliament’s committee system, was one reason why Mr Wellington chose to support her in forming a government.
Queensland’s parliamentary committee system makes an important contribution to enhancing parliamentary and legislative processes, and the Premier’s commitment to not use urgency motions to bypass or truncate the committee system shows her commitment to proper parliamentary and consultation processes.
There is no evidence to suggest the Queensland public want more politicians.
Q8. Adoption: No. The Palaszczuk Government has legislated to remove discrimination which prevented same-sex couples and de facto couples from applying to adopt children in Queensland. These reforms bring Queensland into line with New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania. There is no plan to make any changes to adoption eligibility in the next term of government.
Q9. Education: Definitely. The Department of Education does not mandate or endorse individual programs or initiatives. Principals, in consultation with parents and the school community, are in the best position to make decision about the most appropriate programs to meet the needs of their students.
Safe Schools is not taught – and has never been taught – in any Queensland schools.
Queensland schools used the program funded by the Federal Government to provide professional development to principals and teachers.
Our schools are inclusive places for all students. Labor will always support our principals and teachers to look after all students, including LGBTI students.
A respectful relationships program across schools was recommended in the Not Now Not Ever report and is aimed at teaching children to give and expect respect in their lives and relationships. It is not in any way related to Safe Schools.
Q10. Human rights: No. The Palaszczuk Government has committed to the introduction of a Bill of Rights based on the Victorian model, which will be developed in consultation with the community.
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