How many schools in the electorate have a chaplain under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program?
Only four!!! and only two of these are government schools. None are mainstream government schools!!
The Beach School, Allambie (a special government school with an enrolment of 28 students).
Saint Pauls Catholic college, Manly (Private)
Sydney Church of England Co-Educational Grammar School, Redlands, Cremorne (Private)
Stewart House School, Harbord (government school providing two weeks respite for disadvantaged rural students).
Its time this scheme was scrapped.
On ABC Radio National Breakfast show this morning Mr Abbott has agreed that the Carbon Tax will achieve its aims. He said…
“The whole point of a carbon tax is to use less coal, less gas,less oil. the whole point of a carbon tax is to make coal, gas and oil uneconomic.
Well if the Carbon Tax will succeed in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions then why would he repeal it when he comes into government, unless of course he is in denial about the cause and consequences of man made climate change.
There is no particular reason why marriage should be regarded exclusively as being between a man and a women.
In addition, it has not always been the case that there were any laws that governed marriage. In Europe up until 1545, marriages were by mutual consent without the involvement of either the church or the state. It is only in 1563 that the Council of Trent decreed that a Roman Catholic marriage would be recognized only if the marriage ceremony was officiated by a priest with two witnesses. The state did not become involved in England until the Marriage Act of 1753 which required a formal ceremony. In 1837 civil marriages were recognised as an alternative to church marriages.
There is also a long history of same sex unions around the world including in ancient Greece and Rome, in certain regions of China and in ancient Europe.
In short the institute of marriage is not something that is fixed in stone. There have been many variations in the customs and laws around marriage and there is no fundamental reason why Australian law should not recognise same sex marriage. It is only because of the desire not to offend religious groups that the major Australian political parties are resistant to change.
The state should be neutral with respect to religious sentiments and should allow same sex marriage as a matter of equal right without discrimination based upon religious sentiments.
I have nominated as the Secular Party of Australia candidate for the NSW electorate of Warringah.
There is of course only one person who has any chance at all of winning this seat and that is Tony Abbott the present incumbent member for Warringah and Leader of the Opposition. So why bother standing? (This is a question which could be asked of all the other candidates in this electorate.)
My intention is to offer my self as a means by which electors can make known their agreement with the principles for which the Secular Party stands – in effect it provides a “claytons” referendum – a referendum you have without having a referendum. By voting “1″ for the secular party and then giving your 2nd preference to the major candidate who you wish to actually be in government you are effectively voting for the major party of your choice while at the same time taking the opportunity of letting the major parties know your feelings about the lack of true separation of church and state in Australia.