To be honest, I don’t think I would make a good politician. Fortunately, there are a bunch of people who do and, to their credit, they put their hand up and campaign, and some are selected to represent us in parliament. Over the years, I have met and worked with many of these people (and their staff) who have the privilege of serving us in this capacity.
One of the things that I have noticed that remains consistent across the majority of these people is that they stood for election with a deep desire to serve their constituents well and make a difference. Whether they managed to to this is another matter, but this plan certainly was their starting point.
With the Federal election just a couple days away, on Saturday 18 May, we have a unique opportunity to speak loudly in to matters of public debate that concern and impact us. The right to Freedom of Religion, which enables us to deliver Christian Education for you in the way that we do at Bayside, is one of those matters and, disappointingly, is very much not guaranteed.
As you may be aware, during the last term of Parliament there was a lot of debate around religious freedom, and one of the other fundamental rights, the right to be free from discrimination. Much of this debate was misinformed and politically motivated. It was disappointing to see Christian schools misrepresented in the media and Parliament, and to see legislation proposed which would have trampled on the rights of parents to choose a school reflecting their values and beliefs.
I know that there are many issues you will consider as you vote. Your vote in the House of Representatives, and the Senate, will decide who forms Government, and what direction protecting our beliefs, values and freedom takes. My hope is that, as you consider who you will support, this issue will be one factor you consider as you cast your vote. If you would like further information there is a brochure below.