By Hon Paul Green MLC
23 March 2019 marks the NSW State Election – the date we have been building towards for the last 12 months. I will be contesting for a seat in the NSW Legislative Council (Upper House) again, and to represent our Lord Jesus Christ in NSW Parliament. I thank you for your prayers and support for the last 8 years, and God willing, with your votes, gain a seat for another 8 years.
Quite often in elections the focus is on Lower House seats, and who is running in the local electorate, with little attention given to those in the Upper House. Understandably, as the member who represents you in the Lower House is important however, we must not neglect the importance of the Upper House vote, both in state and federal elections. It is the Upper House that ensures the Government is held to account and appropriate checks and balances are made.
In an article in the Catholic Weekly on the 20th January 2019, Monica Doumit highlighted the importance of the Upper House vote in the NSW State Election this year.
In November 2017, a bill to legalise euthanasia and assisted-suicide was introduced to the NSW Upper House. This Bill was voted down 20 to 19. One single vote could have allowed precious individuals, when they are at their most vulnerable, to terminate their life. A life that is precious to Jesus. A life He bled and died for.
In her article, Monica highlights how The Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC and I have held the balance of power, and how our vote helped stop this Bill from passing. The article also highlights how differently the vote could have gone if our seat was held by another member who was for euthanasia. We would, along with Victoria have legalised State-assisted suicide.
Every vote truly does count.
With any election, the media reports predominately on candidates running in the Lower House, with very little attention given to those running in the Upper Houses of our Government. Our attention is focused on our local electorate, who will promise the most for us, and the large piece of paper for the Upper House is an afterthought.
I encourage you to prayerfully consider how you will vote in both the Lower and Upper Houses in the coming elections. I encourage those of you who feel strongly about issues such as euthanasia and scripture in schools, to contact your local members and Upper House representatives and tell them your concerns. Let them know what you expect of them, because after all it is you, our constituents who we represent.
When the new Government is formed after 23 March 2019, it will matter how you voted. With Mark Latham running as a One Nation candidate and Federal Senator David Leyonhjelm making a move to the NSW Upper House, the agenda of the new Parliament could make way for assisted suicide and euthanasia in NSW.
So I encourage you, like Monica Doumit, to make this the “year we must fight”, and God willing we can continue to keep Christian values at the forefront of the agenda for the next NSW Government. I thank our Lord Jesus for allowing me the immense privilege to stand for Him in NSW Parliament, and to use this jar of clay for His purpose and glory.
VOTE 1 CDP
– above the line on thevbig white paper!
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”vEphesians 3:20-21.