As explained in the last few editions of Family World News on page 11, we are still in the campaign period during which time Parliament will not be in session. This means that there won’t be any legislative updates about bills or speeches in the Legislative Council chamber for the month of March. In the previous few editions, we discussed some of the bills that Rev Fred Nile MLC and his colleagues Paul Green MLC (who is up for re-election this month) consider important for the Christian Democratic Party legislative agenda going forward. This has not changed, and the CDP remains committed to standing up for traditional morality and common sense in the state’s Upper House.
The role of minor parties such as the CDP has only become more important to the political discourse of New South Wales, especially as the major party blocs are increasingly suffering a crisis of confidence among the electorate. The “brutal” removal of incumbent Robert Brown MLC from the Shooters Fishers and Farmers ballot in the upcoming election may be worth noting in this edition. Mr. Brown sat in the Upper House and had a very good working relationship with the CDP parliamentarians; his abrupt removal therefore came as a shock.
Rev Nile made the following comments:
“In times like these, the bad reputation that political life has is well earned. Public service has the potential to be one of the most selfless commitments to the public good, but what is needed are people of good will in our legislative and debating chambers for the potential to be realised. Robert is a man of conviction, honesty and sincerity.
He always spoke from the heart and was a true advocate for those he represented. He could passionately disagree, but remain civil. He was, in essence, a quintessential minor party representative: fearless in the face of the major parties, but always willing to deal with everybody in good faith. It is people like Robert Brown that give our democratic process legitimacy and credibility. I shall fondly remember working closely with him over the years.” (Press Release, 06/02/19)
Over the years, the CDP has had the co-operation of the SFF for many crucial bills that had to pass the Upper House to allow the government to properly govern in New South Wales. As the effective balance of power in the state’s top law making institution, this relationship has been fruitful and led to good law making outcomes.
We will remember Mr. Brown for his contributions, and look forward to continuing our work in 2019.
The following is a sample of some of the legislation CDP
plan to introduce in the 55th Parliament of the New South Wales
1. Alcoholic Beverages Advertising Prohibition Bill
2. Liquor Amendment (Drinking Age) Bill
3. Liquor Amendment (Health Warning for Pregnant Women) Bill
4. Gambling Advertising Prohibition Bill
5. Drug and Alcohol Treatment Amendment (Rehabilitation of Persons with Severe Substance Dependence) Bill
6. State Senate Bill
7. Sex Services Advertising Prohibition Bill
8. Family Impact Commission Bill
9. Summary Offences Amendment (Full-face Coverings Prohibition) Bill
10. Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples Repeal) Bill
11. Crimes Amendment (Soliciting Sex for Payment) Bill
12. Crimes Amendment (Incitement or Promotion of Terrorism and Violence) Bill
13. Child Protection (Nicole’s Law) Bill
14. Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Amendment (Banning Restricted X Rated Films) Bill
15. Pregnancy Termination (Mandatory Counselling) Bill
16. Crimes Amendment (Pre-natal Termination) Bill
17 Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill
18. Drug Misuse and Trafficking Amendment (Injecting Centre Repeal) Bill
19. Crimes Amendment (Provocation) Bill 2014 – passed 2014
20. Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Passed 2018)
21. Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Beliefs and Religious Activities) Bill 2018