I was recently challenged as to why I dislike the Australia Greens Political Party. They certainly have some positive humanitarian and environmental policies: and yes they are certainly passionate for the proper treatment of Asylum Seekers under Australia’s care. And for this they are to be applauded. Having read their polices on their website there are some policies that resonate with me…. But they lose me because of a lot of their other polices. Here are ten as a starting point that I have exception to:
1) Global Governance.
In their “Global Governance” platform, the Greens call for a “renewed commitment by Australia to multilateralism as the means of addressing world problems.” The policy goes on to endorse “a stronger UN capable of dealing with threats to international peace and security.”
I haven’t put the entire explanation in here but effectively what this policy would mean is that Australia’s national sovereignty would be weakened in favour of a reinvented United Nations that would be responsible for our protection as the Greens are also in favour of significant reductions in our defence budget. This new UN with extended powers would be responsible for governing the world: or another way to look at this is a one world government.
Former Greens Leader Bob Brown in a speech several years ago in Tasmania called for the establishment of a One World Government.
2) Small Business Tax Rate
The Greens policy states that they want to see the company tax rate at 33%. After the recent Federal Budget, the company tax rate is 28.5% and the mentality behind reducing it was to stimulate the economy. Australia rides not on the back of the sheep as the saying used to be, but on the back of small business and a tax rate of 33% would devastate the economy.
See this is the problem I have with the Greens…..policies that just won’t work in the real world…..to me the Greens are like pageant contestants in a Miss Universe….”I want world peace”…..that’s great but it’s the stuff of fairy tales….Maybe if the Greens tinged their policies with reality or at least dealt with the consequences of their policies then there would be a sense of real world robust thinking about what they are proposing.
If they want to increase company tax rates as a policy, great….but talk through how they will deal with the unemployment rate as a result etc.
3) Scrapping of the Fringe Benefit Tax Exemptions for the Not For Profit Sector.
The mentality behind this policy is the thinking that these exemptions put more cars on the road so in the interest of environmental responsibility the exemptions should be scrapped. The Not for Profits sector have reacted to this call saying that this would significantly reduce the workforce that they would be able to afford and thus greatly reduce the services given currently to some of the most vulnerable people in society. This is deeply concerning. The Greens do champion helping the poor and vulnerable so this policy is somewhat at odds with their philosophy and again in light of my comment in the previous point….it seems they fail to examine or deal with the entire consequences of their policies.
4) Scrap the School Chaplaincy Program
In Church last Sunday there was a representative of Scripture Union Queensland and he was telling the congregation about the lives that have been saved and deeply impacted by the School Chaplaincy program. The Greens want to replace this program with non faith based counsellors.
Australia has a significant problem with teen suicide….I have experienced this on the coal face as I have conducted the funerals of multiple teens who have taken their own lives in Nowra. Our young people need all the assistance they can get….And let me say (and don’t be surprised as I am a rabid Christian)….maybe now we have convinced our young people that they come from Monkeys and that there is no real purpose to life…..this is a contributor to disturbing suicide rate in Australia. Just my opinion.
5) Scrapping Parliament Opening in Prayer.
The Greens want to replace the opening prayers in Federal Parliament with a time of reflection. Nope!
6) Some of the Green’s policies don’t require an explaining comment
Pro Same Sex Marriage
Pro Same Sex Adoption
Pro Polyamrous Marriages: Ok I better explain this one. Google defines Polyarmous as “The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.” Nope!
7) Pro Euthanasia
Ok so Euthanasia is a grey area. I think that the medical profession keeps people alive beyond their natural life. However I as a Christian Pastor must champion the sanctity of life. But I will acknowledge this is a difficult ethical area.
8) Anti exemptions for Faith Based Organisations under anti-discrimination laws.
As it currently stands, Christian Schools and Churches have the right not to employ someone who for instance may be a Muslim or may be homosexual. The Greens want to remove these exceptions for Schools and Churches.
9) Refusing to trade with countries that have a record of using Child labour.
Now I applaud the Greens for having a policy that seeks to address child labour exploitation but hurting these countries economically only seeks to push them further into poverty and all the related issues that come with that. The best way to end child labour is to help the country prosper. I do understand that’s a Pollyanna view of this topic, but hurting the country economically will just be counterproductive.
10) The education system to provide age-appropriate information about the diversity of sexuality.
The Greens want to teach children in schools sexual diversity, which means teaching that heterosexuality and homosexuality are normal options for children to choose from as they mature sexually. As a Pastor I have to defend the biblical and the traditional definition of marriage and heterosexuality. I was asked recently in an SBS interview why I am anti marriage equality….I simply said…I am on the National Executive of a faith based movement…it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that I am pro biblical definition of marriage. Its not that I am anti…it’s more than about what I am pro.
Anyway there are some issues I have with the Greens Party. I could talk about the time the local Greens party in Nowra tried to Hijack an Election Prayer meeting we were holding at Nowra City Church, demanding access to the platform, which actually meant that the Green’s representative, Amanda Finalyson, had to be escorted from the meeting, I could also mention the insanely unfair negative blog that a local Greens councillor published online about me, complete with photoshopped photos of me with scantily clad busty women, but all that aside, these ten points are more my concerns about their policies despite their humanitarian emphasis.