December 2018 was one of the quietest periods of the parliamentary calendar on account of there being no sitting days for either House in the NSW Parliament. Accordingly, there is little to report with respect to the legislative agenda for the Christian Democratic Party in the Legislative Council in that time. This does not, however, mean that
the pressure is off. Rev Nile has been lobbying vigorously for two Bills in particular to be given a fair hearing. These include the Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill 2017 and the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms) Bill 2018.
The first, commonly known as “Zoe’s Law”, would effectively acknowledge the humanity of the unborn victims of crime. Obviously this has been a red flag to the pro-death lobby, which sees it as an attempt to criminalise abortion, despite the fact that the Bill specifically excludes medical procedures. The current law does not recognise the life of any unborn person, at any stage of pregnancy. The passage of this Bill would therefore be a step in the right direction to further the pro-life cause.
Rev Nile would like to again reiterate that the pro-life agenda remains one of the oldest and strongest pillars of the CDP. We ask our supporters to understand that a legislative agenda that furthers the ethical basis of our party involves a great deal of negotiation and strategic planning. We live in a very imperfect world, and there are obstacles thrown our way daily. However, we are committed to do what we can to bring our nation closer to a more just and righteous legal order. This, unfortunately, takes time.
The second Bill, which would safeguard religious liberties for individuals and faith based organisations, has received a great deal of support, but the government has not shown much enthusiasm for putting it to a vote. This is very disappointing as the threats to religious liberty seem to be growing. The Ruddock Review Recommendations suggest that such a Bill in fact is merited. Indeed, it is the CDP’s position that it is well and truly overdue. We look forward to these two legislative amendments being debated and passed into law when Parliament resumes after the March State election. Readers’ prayers and thoughts will be very much appreciated over the next couple of months as we move closer to polling day. It is imperative that the CDP retain its balance of power in the Upper House.
The following is a sample of some of the legislation CDP plan to introduce in the 55th Parliament of the New South Wales Legislative Council:
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