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[Powderworks] PG in the Financial Review

Erin Oneill Erin.Oneill at newcastle.edu.au
Mon Sep 27 18:08:23 MDT 2004

hello one and all...

Last saturdays' financial review had an article on PG.  They commented on how he is anti-abortion etc (ie has very conservative Christian views) and may use his public tenure within the Labor Party as a possible pro-Christianity push using the Labor Party as his vehicle.  
I have to say this worries me.
I can appreciate his concerns about abortion, but when push comes to shove I don't think he should have the right to dictate to women (of all religious persuasions) how to live their lives just because he believes in a the Christian god.  My second concern is how so much of parliament (both sides) is being dominated by God-botherers (e.g. Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott).  I note that Mark Latham (leader of the opposition) is not religious and is criticised for this.  Perhaps that puts him in a good position to assess policy on it merits rather than what will make him feel good about his god.  I'm afraid my experience with religious people in general (of any religion) has shown me that they put their god and their beliefs before the masses (especially those not of their persuasion), and so good public policy is severly compromised or stuffed entirely.

I have to say though, I'm not suprised.

If you want to find the article here in Australia, public and university libraries usually carry copies of the sat. Fin. Review.