Stark differences have emerged between the major and minor political parties on key issues of concern to Catholic voters ahead of this month’s NSW state election. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.
The Sydney Archdiocese sent 13 questions to seven political parties to confirm their position on major social issues including abortion, euthanasia, religious freedom and the seal of confession ahead of voters going to the polls on Saturday, 23 March.
Responses were received from the Liberal Party, the Labor Party, the NSW Greens, the Christian Democratic Party, One Nation, Australian Conservatives and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers. The Archdiocese has compiled and released these responses in the “Your NSW Election Guide”.
The Archdiocese’s Director of Public Affairs and Engagement, Monica Doumit, said some of the parties’ positions on crucial policies were “surprising and disappointing”.
“Given the next parliament will decide on so many issues that will affect not only Catholics, but the community more broadly, it is important that the parties were asked directly about their voting intentions,” Ms Doumit said.
“Only three of the parties gave a commitment to uphold existing religious freedoms in Catholic schools and just two guaranteed to protect human life in any vote on abortion and euthanasia.
“The only issue the parties appear united on is the need to address the housing affordability crisis impacting on so many families in Sydney.”
The Greens declared they would use their Upper House numbers to strip funding from faith-based schools, remove Special Religious Education classes from public schools, legalise euthanasia, make abortion free and legal and abolish the Seal of Confession.
This is the first time the Archdiocese has put a range of questions to both major and minor parties to assist Catholic voters. The guide does not advise voters which way to cast their vote at the ballot box.
The guide is available on the Catholic Weekly website.
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