Election special No 7 – $200 each! Coalition to fund straight couples

This election we have eagerly been awaiting yet more socially regressive policies from the major parties. This one however had slipped under the radar until the folk at Same same drew our attention to it.

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Tony Abbott’s Coalition isn’t just against giving same-sex couples the right to marry, they’re also promising they’ll give heterosexual marriages a helping hand to the tune of a $200 voucher each.

On the Australian Christian Lobby’s Australia Votes guide to the election, the Liberal National Coalition was asked: “What will your party do to encourage marriage and resilience in couple relationships?”

Here’s the surprising response: “The Coalition will provide a $200 voucher to all couples when they register their intention to marry, which will be redeemable on an approved marriage education, counselling or parenting skills service.

“Couples can use this voucher before or after their wedding to choose the service that best suits their needs, be it one which assists in developing communication skills, conflict resolution, financial management, parenting skills, or for counselling services if problems arise in a marriage.”

“The Coalition will provide a $200 voucher to all couples when they register their intention to marry.”

While the Coalition’s refusal to support marriage equality leaves same-sex families with kids out in the cold, they add: “The Coalition, if elected, will place a greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention as a means of ameliorating the negative consequences of poverty, family dysfunction and social exclusion.”

They also reiterated their stance on marriage: “The Coalition policy supports the current definition of marriage contained in the Marriage Act.”

“Any change to the policy would be a matter for the Party Room in the future, as is the case with all policies,” their response added, concluding: “Tony Abbott supports the existing definition of marriage.”

The Australian Labor Party’s policy on the increasingly uncontroversial issue is also well known, and reiterated on the ACL’s website:

“The Rudd Labor Government believes that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and the opportunity to participate fully in society regardless of their sexuality.

“When the issue of same sex marriage has previously been considered by Parliament, Federal Labor has allowed each MP and Senator a conscience vote according to their own personal views.

“This reflects the fact that people of good will can hold different positions on this fundamental matter.”

Same Same has sought confirmation from the Liberal Party on their marriage voucher policy, and will update this story if/when we hear back.

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This policy, as well as being highly discriminatory towards not only same sex couples but also to hundreds of thousands of men and women in de facto relationships, many of which are of long standing and are legally recognised to all intents and purposes as equivalent to marriage, assumes that these “marriage preparation” courses actually deliver the goods in terms of preserving relationships and lowering the rate of divorce.

However no valid objective peer-reviewed data has ever been available to support that notion

Since it is a project of the mad mullahs at the ACL, do atheists and other non-believers, or non-Christians for that matter, have to sign up?

Do celebrants have to hand out the voucher or will it be available from your local Coalition MP’s office?

And is it available for straight couples entering their second, third or subsequent marriages? Some MPs may be personally interested in that.

The Antibogan would probably prefer a new microwave. 😉

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Fundamentalist Christian warning

Star Online
http://www.starobserver.com.au
Staff Writers

Posted on 26 October 2011

Former NSW Christian Democrat MLC and Family First NSW leader Dr Gordon Moyes has warned that Christian Gordon Moyesfundamentalists who want to impose religious laws on society are operating in Australia.

“Dominionism is a new cult, started in USA, but today is present in Australia,” Moyes warned in a recent newsletter.

“Dominionism is not a new denomination. Rather [it is] an interrelated mindset followed by some members of a wide range of extreme fundamentalist and some Pentecostal Protestants.

“Dominionism is a term used to describe the tendency among some politically active conservative Christians to seek influence or control over secular civil government through political action, with the goal of a nation governed by a conservative Christian understanding of Old Testament law. Their aim is to control ‘the seven mountains’ — the peak bodies of business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion.

“They take a fundamentalist attitude to many issues and oppose evolution, changing moral standards, university agendas, all other religions, opposing all schools not run by Christians, traditional cultural practices, abortion, homosexuality, the teaching of palaeontology on the dating of the earth, all philosophy, psychology and psychiatry, the United Nations [and] scientific beliefs on climate change.

“Dominionism is a doctrine which demands the total remaking of society to conform with the laws of the Old Testament, and it states that the second coming of Jesus Christ will never occur until ‘God’s kingdom’ is established on earth for a thousand years.”

Moyes warned that there were already around six small organisations in Australia pushing a dominionist agenda.

Moyes wrote that The Sydney Morning Herald had recently run an article in which the three leading dominionists in Australia were named, “none of whom has graduate theological training in Biblical studies but are a retired soldier, an elderly politician and a country dentist”.

“Another is a Melbourne-based self-anointed ‘Apostle’,” Moyes wrote.

The Star Observer understands that the Melbourne-based leader is Pastor Danny Nalliah of Catch the Fire Ministries, while the three named in the SMH are Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace, the Reverend Fred Nile and the National Alliance of Christian Leaders convenor Graham McLennan.

Elsewhere Is the Australian Christian Lobby dominionist?

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