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Public Christianity

1. Equal Opportunity – inherent requirements test

Of the inherent requirements test in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, chief executive of the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Helen Szoke said, "Religious schools or religious charities ... will have to show how belonging to a particular religion is relevant to the job they are trying to fill". Will your Party support the removal of the inherent requirements test from the EO Act, which creates uncertainty for faith-based schools and service-providers?

Christian Democratic Party
Christian Democratic Party
  • We strongly oppose the inherent requirements test.
  • Any employee in, for example, a Christian school sets the tone in that institution, not merely by what he or she believes but, just as importantly, by his or her lifestyle.
  • As a matter of religious freedom, it should be the prerogative of the Christian institution which hires an employee to determine who is suitable, not an outside government body.
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2. Equal Opportunity – VHREOC own-motion powers

The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 grants the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission unprecedented and wide-ranging powers to initiate an investigation into any matter relating to the operation of the Act without receiving a prior complaint. Does your Party support the removal of this extraordinary prerogative from the VHREOC?

Christian Democratic Party
Christian Democratic Party
  • The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) clearly supports the total removal of this prerogative.
  • “Human rights and equal opportunity” being such a minefield anyhow, such a “no complaint” prerogative would create further confusion.
  • Every organisation, institution or body has its own ethos and principles under which, within reason, it should be entitled to operate, without governmental intrusion or hindrance.
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3. Religious vilification

The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 had as its stated objective the promotion of racial and religious tolerance. However the Acts' civil provisions remain contentious, as evidenced by the notorious 'two Dannies case'. Will you commit to a review of the RRTA to re-examine the need for the civil provisions which encourage individuals to take legal action against people of other faiths?

Christian Democratic Party
Christian Democratic Party
  • Our party would, as a matter of urgency, review the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, having followed the “two Dannies” saga with great interest and concern.
  • It is ironic that the final outcome and mutual agreement of the “two Dannies” case should have prevented the whole years’ long saga from even starting.
  • It is patently plain that in a free society like Australia it is a nonsense to hinder or  charge persons who challenge or criticise the beliefs or actions of another belief system - Christian, Muslim, or other.
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4. Role for the Church

Christian charities and churches play an important public role in Victoria in the provision of services in the areas of education, welfare and health. What has your Party done to foster good relationships with religious communities, and how does it plan to work with them during the life of the next parliament?

Christian Democratic Party
Christian Democratic Party
  • Being a Christian party we are, de facto, a (political) branch of the Church.
  • Our members are already involved in other Church activities e.g. teaching and counselling of children in government schools under the Christian Religious Education/Chaplaincy programs.
  • All our candidates and supporters are members of a local church.
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