Infant Viability Bill Passes First Reading, while Greens and Sex Party Show their True Colour

DLP member for Western Metropolitan in the Victorian parliament, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins has successfully introduced the Infant Viability Bill, with the bill’s 1st reading carried this afternoon.

This means the bill’s title is now listed on the Legislative Council’s notice paper, and the following long title was incorporated into hansard:

“A Bill for an Act to ensure the provision of access to holistic care and support to pregnant women and preborn children so as to promote infant viability, to amend the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 and Crimes Act 1958, to make consequential amendments to certain other Acts and for other purposes.”

The next step in the legislative process is the second reading speech, in which Dr Carling-Jenkins will outline the details of the bill and explain why it is needed. This is then followed by second reading debate, before being put to a vote. All this will take place at a later time.

Interestingly, the Greens and Sex Party called a division to vote against the first reading, something which is completely unconventional, disrespectful and undemocratic. Members of all other political persuasions could be heard jeering at the Greens and Sex Party for what they did.

What this demonstrated was a typical totalitarian attempt to shut down a member of parliament’s entitlement and duty to bring before the parliament an issue for debate, which that MP was elected to do!

The Democratic Labour Party was born out of a movement to combat totalitarianism. In the 1950s, totalitarianism came in the form of communism, with communists vying for power in the trade unions to dictate ALP policy. These days, totalitarianism manifests itself in the form of the Greens and the Sex Party, who apparently only support freedom of speech and protest if it is about something they support.

DLP to introduce Infant Viability Act in the Victorian Parliament

Seven years after Victoria introduced the most extreme abortion laws in the world, Democratic Labour Party MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins has drafted a private member’s bill that will wind back the more extreme elements of the law. This is the first formal attempt to change Victoria’s 2008 abortion reforms.

Under the proposal, abortion would not be allowed after the 20th week of pregnancy.

“This protects women from the awful physical and mental consequences of late-term abortion and it protects children,” Dr Carling-Jenkins said at the annual March for the Babies rally at Parliament on Saturday. “Women deserve better. Abortions don’t solve problems – they create them.”

Dr Carling-Jenkins said medical advances over the past few years had shown babies were viable at 24 weeks, and sometimes even younger. This proposal, if enacted into law, will protect preborn children from the age of viability.

Further, medical assistance must be provided to infants born alive as the result of a late-term termination. We know that there have been cases in Victoria – and indeed around Australia – where babies born as a result of a failed abortion have been left to die.

Dr Carling-Jenkins plans to introduce her bill – the Infant Viability Act – in the next sitting week of Parliament, which starts on October 20.

The Bill would provide penalties for physicians and clinics who breech the new rules. However, it will not punish women seeking abortions.

“Penalties will be introduced for physicians and clinics who contravene the law, but under no circumstances will I be advocating for the pregnant woman to be held liable,” Dr Carling-Jenkins said.

 

 

 

 

Stop2Gather for Marriage and Children Rally Sunday 20th September

Please join the rally to show your support for maintaining the legal possibility for all children to a mum and a dad.

Victorian Democratic Labour Party MP Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins will be one of the speakers at the rally, along with Vicki Janson from Australian Christians, children’s rights campaigner Millie Fontana, and others. Millie was raised with lesbian mums and is grateful for the voice of others for young people like her who don’t support changes to the Marriage Act because of what it means for children who will necessarily be denied at least one parent.

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Frank Scully passes away, aged 95 years

Francis ScullyIt is with great sadness we share the news that Frank Scully, the last surviving DLP member of the Victorian Parliament of the 28 MPs who split to form the ALP (Anti-Communist) in 1955, has passed away, aged 95 years.

Before joining the ALP(AC) which later became the DLP, Frank had been serving in the Cain Government as Assistant Minister of Lands, Assistant Minister of Electrical Undertakings, and Secretary to Cabinet.

Frank won Richmond in the Assembly as an ALP(AC) candidate in 1955 and served one term, alongside 5 members in the Council. It was not until 2006 that the DLP was again elected to the Victorian Parliament.

A railway worker, Frank was active in the Australian Railways Union Industrial Group. Frank was also a member of the Catholic Social Studies Movement (“The Movement”) in Victoria.

The DLP extends its heartfelt condolences to all of Frank’s family and friends.

Frank’s courage and determination helped establish the DLP and for that he will never be forgotten.

May he rest in peace.

Media Release: On the Question of Marriage a Referendum is the Democratic Answer

DLP Media Reliease: On the Question of Marriage, a Referendum is the Democratic Answer
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The Democratic Labour Party has thrown its full support behind the call for a referendum to resolve the ongoing debate on marriage.

DLP Federal Secretary Steve Campbell said the party believes this must be presented to the people of Australia.

“The Democratic Labour Party strongly supports Minister Scott Morrison’s call for a referendum to resolve the Marriage question once and for all.”

“We would also like to congratulate the Prime Minister for his strong stand and for demonstrating true leadership for his party and for the government.”

“Something as fundamental to the structure of the family and therefore of society itself cannot be decided on a vote by a handful of Parliamentarians, it can only be determined by the people, by society itself.”

“Surely those who have been telling us that 70 or 80% of Australians support same sex marriage would welcome the chance to be proven right, unless they think those figures may not be as accurate as previously stated.”

“If you ask any ordinary Australian, whichever side of the debate they take, every one of them believe a referendum is the fairest and most democratic way to end this debate once and for all.”

“The Federal DLP and its members Australia-wide have consistently expressed their support for Traditional Marriage. The DLP believes we should now enter a period of respectful discussion and debate, free from slurs and intimidation, culminating in a question being put to the Australian people in a Referendum during the next term of Government.”

“We will be supporting this call at the next Federal election and beyond.”

 

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Contact: Federal Secretary Stephen Campbell 0438 650 776

Media Release: AEC to Review Federal De-Registration

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Great News! DLP retains registration in Victoria

The Democratic Labour Party has been informed by the Victorian Electoral Commission that following a review, the Commission is satisfied that the DLP has at least 500 members in Victoria and therefore the Party retains its registration.

Thank you to all our members who responded to a letter sent by the VEC to confirm their membership with the Party.

 

The DLP was recently de-registered on a federal level with the Australian Electoral Commission along with several other minor parties including the Australian Democrats and the Australian Sex Party. However, the fact that is has been proved that the DLP has at least 500 members in Victoria alone should be a strong case for the AEC to reconsider its decision.

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Success in Campaign for Fairer and Unbiased Funding for Non-Government Schools

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Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of people who emailed, called and visited their Victorian State MPs about the dangers facing non-government schools under the proposed Education and Training Reform Amendment (Funding of Non-Government Schools) Bill, the DLP has achieved an important success in the Victorian Parliament.

Following intense negotiations between the Education Minister James Merlino and DLP upper house MP Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins, on Thursday 26 February the Victorian Government agreed to abide by all the major principles put forward including the two crucial points listed below.

 

1. Membership of the School Policy and Funding Advisory Council:
The Bill provided that the Education Minister would appoint a representative of each of the Catholic Education Commission (CEC) and of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), as a member of the Advisory Council. This would have been done without the CEC or ISV nominating their own representative. On Thursday, Dr Carling-Jenkins was able to negotiate the following result:

The Minister agreed to engage with Dr Carling-Jenkins and to consult and negotiate with ISV and CEC on the Terms of Reference for the new Advisory Council. The Minister further agreed that the representatives of ISV and CEC are to be nominated by those organisations. This was a key issue raised in the email campaign and one that the Government has now recognised completely.

 

2. Conditions of Funding:
Under the Bill, the Minister would have been able to impose whatever conditions on funding he decided were ‘reasonable conditions’. There was no definition of what was to be considered ‘reasonable’; this could have led to schools having their funding removed if they refused to accept a condition that compromised their principles.

After lengthy negotiations with the Minister and others regarding this extremely important section, the following result was achieved.

On Thursday 26 February, Minister Steven Herbert, on behalf of the Government and the Education Minister, made the following statement in Parliament:

The Government will consult with Independent Schools Victoria and the Catholic Education Commission before imposing any conditions on funding. This consultation would occur through the Advisory Council. This consultation will specifically raise the issue of reasonable conditions and will confirm that the Government’s intention is not to impose any conditions that would intentionally oppose any of the fundamental principles, objectives or governing laws of the non-government schools under consideration for funding or their parent organisations.

To ensure everyone was aware that the matter had been negotiated successfully and that there was no ambiguity as to what the Government had agreed to, Minister Herbert repeated a second time that:

The Government will consult with Independent Schools Victoria and the Catholic Education Commission before imposing any conditions on funding. This consultation will occur through the Advisory Council and will specifically raise the issue of reasonable conditions and confirm that the Government’s intention is not to impose any conditions that would intentionally oppose any of the fundamental principles, objectives or governing laws of the non-government schools under consideration for funding or their parent organisations.

 

With this statement, the hundreds of individuals, schools and organisations who emailed Victorian MPs relentlessly can take heart that their efforts have not been in vain. This campaign by the parents, teachers and others associated with ISV and CEC schools and by ordinary Victorians from all walks of life has borne great fruit. It shows what can be achieved when determined Australians make a stand in support of their principles.

In her speech to Parliament, Dr Carling-Jenkins read out a number of the emails that had been received by MPs. The email campaign impressed all MPs with its fervour and tenacity.

Rachel would like to express her sincere thanks to all who emailed, rang and visited their MPs in support of her amendments. She congratulates and sends her best wishes to all for their wonderful efforts:

“I would like to thank you personally for your show of support and for not being afraid to make your position known to the Members of the Victorian State Parliament. It often takes courage to stand up for your principles and to protect the rights and welfare of others and you can be proud to say you did that.”

 

Standing in Solidarity with Coptic Christians

In February 2015, 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were killed by ISIS terrorists in Libya. Their throats were slit, simply for being Christians.

A group claiming loyalty to ISIS released a video on social media showing the brutal beheading, called “A Message Signed in Blood to the Nation of the Cross”. In this video the terrorists released a warning saying they were “south of Rome.”

The Coptic Church in Egypt is one of the oldest Christian Churches, founded by St Mark the Apostle. Coptic Christians have endured horrible persecutions over the centuries. This includes multiple bombings and attacks on Coptic Churches in recent years.

While the killings have stirred fears of the Islamic State’s close proximity to Europe, they have also strengthened many in their faith.

On Tuesday 24 February, St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne hosted an ecumenical service for the martyred Copts.

The service was led by His Grace Bishop Suriel of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne with a host of Coptic priests and deacons, along with clergymen from the Catholic, Anglican, and Evangelical churches, in what was a moving display of solidarity.

Vince Stefano, acting president of the Victorian DLP State Branch, attended the service on behalf of the Party and Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins, who was invited but had a parliamentary sitting at the time.

“I was struck by the way the Coptic community responded to the recent beheading”, Mr Stefano said.  “Where you would expect people to be resentful and filled with justified anger, Bishop Suriel encouraged his community to forgive the terrorists, reminding them of Christ’s teaching to ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’ … It was a powerful experience in a very profound way.”

Bishop Suriel stated, “The Coptic Orthodox Church has a continued history of overcoming persecution peacefully. We will come together as a community to support each other and ensure our Church, one of the oldest Christian Churches in the world, can continue to thrive.”

During the service, the 21 Coptic martyrs were commemorated by attendants lighting a candle and placing it in front of a banner bearing an image of the martyrs’ faces.

“As I went up to light a candle, I felt a profound closeness to the Coptic people and their hopes and sufferings”, Mr Stefano remarked.

Bishop Suriel thanked the representatives from the various churches for the ongoing support they have provided the Coptic community. He also thanked people from the wider community who attended the service.

The Honourable Maria Vamvakinou MP attended the ceremony on behalf Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten. During the service, Bishop Suriel mentioned that Prime Minister Tony Abbott had sent a very heartfelt letter of support to Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II.

The DLP remains committed to religious freedom, solidarity with the isolated and oppressed, and to a livelihood that enhances the dignity and security of the person.