Federal Secular Index

Welcome to the Iron Fist Velvet Glove Secular Index for Federal Politicians.

We take the view that many religious doctrines are harmful to our society and a person who has strong religious beliefs is more likely to oppose progressive reform of our laws. For that reason, it is important to know the nature of religious belief held by our political leaders. This index is an attempt to summarise that information.

Do you think it is unfair to question the religious belief of our political leaders? Check out this article by former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.

We have listed our understanding of the particular faith followed by our Federal politicians and a rating of their commitment to secular values. We have no problem with politicians who are extremely pious provided they do not seek to impose their religion on other people or seek special privileges or advantages for their religion.

The index rates commitment to secular values.

0 – A person who actively argues against secular values and has demonstrated a shameless desire to use government resources to promote their particular religion and who would cross the floor and vote against party policy if such policy contravened their religious conviction.

3- A person who believes religions are valuable, that they should be supported and encouraged by government and would strongly oppose removing privileges but is not necessarily a loud advocate or organiser for religions.

5 – Neutral. We have been unable to find evidence of secular values.

8 – A person who would probably vote for secular reforms but does not publicly argue in favour of such reforms.

10 – A person who may or may not be extremely religious but who recognises that religion is a private matter which should receive no assistance from government and who actively advocates for the removal of special religious privileges.

If the index score is blank it means we haven’t scored this politician yet. You can help by sending us an email with information and links.

Alternatively, leave a comment below with your suggested score and information.

It would be great if you include links to articles which support your suggested score.

If there is limited public information about a particular politician or if you just like to do a thorough job you could also send the politician a questionnaire. Here is a link to a suggested questionnaire.

 

 

NameReligionSecular IndexPartyStateParliamentChamberNotesLinks
Hon Tony AbbottCatholic0LiberalNSWFederalH of RepsThe mad monk. A solid score of 0. A true enemy of secularism.More details
Hon Anthony AlbaneseCatholic (non-practising)5LaborNSWFederalH of RepsAnthony has often said that he was raised with three great faiths: The Catholic Church, The South Sydney Football Club and Labor.More details
John Alexander OAM5LiberalNSWFederalH of RepsNo public information. Questionnaire was sent 19 August 2017
Anne AlyMuslim3LaborWAFederalH of RepsDescribes herself as a secular Muslim.
Seems to be pro-secular but no public comments on specific secular policies other than wanting S.18c amended to include religion which would be a disaster for secularism.
More details
Hon Karen AndrewsBelieves in God5LNPcQldFederalH of RepsNo information available other than she believes in GodBelieves in God
Hon Kevin AndrewsCatholic0LiberalVicFederalH of RepsA member of the Cameron prayer group. For religious reasons he introduced a private members bill to defeat Assisted Dying legislation in the Northern Territory.More details
Adam BandtNon believer5GreensVicFederalH of RepsWe couldn't find any pro or anti secular statements from him.Do Australian MP's believe in God?
Julia BanksUnknown5LiberalVicFederalH of RepsNo relevant public information available. Questionnaire sent 26 August 2017.
Hon Sharon BirdUnknown5LaborNSWFederalH of RepsNo relevant public information available. Questionnaire sent 26 August 2017.
Hon Julie BishopChristian2LiberalWAFederalH of RepsA very cautious supporter of Marriage Equality who is very concerned that "religious freedom " is protected.
A strong supporter of Scripture Classes who threatened to reduce funding for State governments if they watered down RI lessons to a more secular version.
More details
Hon Chris BowenAtheist5LaborNSWFederalH of RepsAn atheist but no other informationOne of the few openly declared atheists in parliament
Andrew BroadA strong Christian5NationalVicFederalH of RepsIt would not surprise if he shows anti-secular views in future.More details
Russell BroadbentAlmost certainly Christian3LiberalVicFederalH of RepsA big supporter of The Lord's Prayer being said at the start of parliament. He is critical of the secular movement.An ABC interview
Gai BrodtmannUnknown6LaborACTFederalH of RepsNot sure whether or not she professes a faith but she understands she separation of Church and State. She says you don’t need religion to have a solid framework of strong moral values.
“I believe religion is a personal matter and I respect every person’s right to religious freedom. Everyone is informed and guided in different ways. I have my own set of values that guide me that have been informed by my life experience,”
Source link
Scott BuchholzUnknown4LNPcQldFederalH of RepsIs against same sex marriageSource link
Hon Tony BurkeCatholic4LaborNSWFederalH of RepsTony Burke is a Catholic. For him, that means going to church each week, sitting towards the back, and leaving quietly.More details
Linda BurneyUnknown5LaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Mark ButlerUnknown4LaborSAFederalH of RepsProtective of Chaplaincy programme.More details
Terri ButlerNon believer6LaborQldFederalH of RepsDifficult to evaluate, she is a secular humanist and supports a lot of secular policies such as science funding, same-sex marriage and assisted dying.
Although she is not religious she appears to have fallen into the trap of progressive authoritarianism
More details
Hon Anthony ByrneLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Dr Jim ChalmersLaborQldFederalH of Reps
Nick ChampionLaborSAFederalH of Reps
Hon Darren ChesterNationalVicFederalH of Reps
Lisa ChestersLaborVicFederalH of Reps
George ChristensenLNPdQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Steve CioboLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Jason ClareLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Sharon ClaydonLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
David ColemanLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Julie CollinsLaborTasFederalH of Reps
Pat ConroyLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Mark CoultonNationalNSWFederalH of Reps
Chris CrewtherLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Michael DanbyLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Milton DickLaborQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Mark Dreyfus QCLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Damian DrumNationalVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Peter DuttonLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Justine ElliotLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Kate EllisLaborSAFederalH of Reps
Hon Warren EntschLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Trevor EvansLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Jason FalinskiLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon David FeeneyLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Joel FitzgibbonLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Paul FletcherLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Nicolle FlintLiberalSAFederalH of Reps
Mike FreelanderLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Josh FrydenbergLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Andrew GeeNationalNSWFederalH of Reps
Steve GeorganasLaborSAFederalH of Reps
Andrew GilesLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Dr David GillespieNationalNSWFederalH of Reps
Ian GoodenoughLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Luke GoslingLaborNTFederalH of Reps
Tim HammondLaborWAFederalH of Reps
Ross HartLaborTasFederalH of Reps
Hon Luke HartsuykerNationalNSWFederalH of Reps
Andrew HastieLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Hon Alex HawkeLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Chris HayesLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Sarah HendersonLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Julian HillLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Kevin HoganNationalNSWFederalH of Reps
Luke HowarthLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Greg HuntLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Emma HusarLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Ed HusicLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Steve IronsLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Stephen JonesLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Barnaby JoyceNationalNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Bob KatterKatter's Australian PartyQldFederalH of Reps
Justine KeayLaborTasFederalH of Reps
Hon Michael KeenanLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Craig KellyLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Dr Mike Kelly AMLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Matt KeoghLaborWAFederalH of Reps
Peter KhalilLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Catherine KingLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Madeleine KingLaborWAFederalH of Reps
Susan LambLaborQldFederalH of Reps
Andrew LamingLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Michelle LandryLNPdQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Craig LaundyLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Julian LeeserLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Dr Andrew LeighLaborACTFederalH of Reps
Hon Sussan LeyLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
David LittleproudLNPdQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Jenny MacklinLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Nola MarinoLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Hon Richard MarlesLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Emma McBrideLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Michael McCormackNationalNSWFederalH of Reps
Cathy McGowan AOIndependentVicFederalH of Reps
John McVeighLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Brian MitchellLaborTasFederalH of Reps
Rob MitchellLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Scott MorrisonLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Ben MortonLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Hon Shayne NeumannLaborQldFederalH of Reps
Llew O'BrienLNPdQldFederalH of Reps
Ted O'BrienLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Brendan O'ConnorLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Ken O'DowdLNPdQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Kelly O'DwyerLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Clare O'NeilLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Cathy O'TooleLaborQldFederalH of Reps
Julie OwensLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Tony PasinLiberalSAFederalH of Reps
Graham PerrettLaborQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Keith PittLNPdQldFederalH of Reps
Hon Tanya PlibersekLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Christian PorterLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Hon Jane PrenticeLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Melissa PriceLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Hon Christopher PyneLiberalSAFederalH of Reps
Rowan RamseyLiberalSAFederalH of Reps
Hon Amanda RishworthLaborSAFederalH of Reps
Hon Stuart RobertPentecostal6LNPcQldFederalH of RepsA religious nutter who has supported diversity in the military and the right for military personnel to march in uniform in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Possibly only secular when it comes to the military.More details
Michelle RowlandLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Joanne RyanLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Rebekha SharkieNick Xenophon TeamSAFederalH of Reps
Hon Bill ShortenLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Tony SmithLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Warren SnowdonLaborNTFederalH of Reps
Anne StanleyLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Ann SudmalisLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Michael SukkarLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Wayne SwanLaborQldFederalH of Reps
Meryl SwansonLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Angus TaylorLiberalNSWFederalH of RepsHe believes religious freedom will be threatened by marriage equality
Hon Dan TehanLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Susan TemplemanLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Matt ThistlethwaiteLaborNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon Alan TudgeLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Malcolm TurnbullLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Maria VamvakinouLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Bert van ManenLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Ross VastaLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Andrew WallaceLNPcQldFederalH of Reps
Tim WattsLaborVicFederalH of Reps
Lucy WicksLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Andrew WilkieIndependentTasFederalH of Reps
Josh WilsonLaborWAFederalH of Reps
Rick WilsonLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Tim WilsonLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Jason WoodLiberalVicFederalH of Reps
Hon Ken Wyatt AMLiberalWAFederalH of Reps
Tony ZappiaLaborSAFederalH of Reps
Trent ZimmermanLiberalNSWFederalH of Reps
Hon. Eric AbetzChristian Reformed Church0LiberalTasFederalSenateOn separation of Church and State he quotes Ronald Reagan on his blog “And I know that you will agree with me that standing up for Australia also means standing up for the God, who has so blessed our land. I believe this country hungers for a spiritual revival. I believe it longs to see traditional values reflected in public policy again. To those who argue the separation of Church and State as a reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say: separation of Church and State was not to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was to protect religious values from government tyranny.”More details
Chris BackLiberalWAFederalSenate
Cory BernardiLiberal/Conservatives[a]SAFederalSenate
Catryna BilykLaborTasFederalSenate
Hon. Simon BirminghamLiberalSAFederalSenate
Hon. George BrandisLNPcQldFederalSenate
Carol BrownLaborTasFederalSenate
Brian BurstonOne NationNSWFederalSenate
David BushbyLiberalTasFederalSenate
Hon. Doug CameronLaborNSWFederalSenate
Hon. Matthew CanavanLNPcQldFederalSenate
Hon Kim CarrLaborVicFederalSenate
Hon. Michaelia CashLiberalWAFederalSenate
Anthony ChisholmLaborQldFederalSenate
Hon. Jacinta CollinsLaborVicFederalSenate
Hon. Stephen Conroy [d]LaborVicFederalSenate
Hon. Mathias CormannLiberalWAFederalSenate
Rod Culleton [e]One Nation/Independent[f]WAFederalSenate
Sam DastyariLaborNSWFederalSenate
Bob Day [g]Family FirstSAFederalSenate
Richard Di NataleGreensVicFederalSenate
Pat DodsonLaborWAFederalSenate
Jonathon DuniamLiberalTasFederalSenate
Hon. Don FarrellLaborSAFederalSenate
David FawcettLiberalSAFederalSenate
Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-WellsLiberalNSWFederalSenate
Hon. Mitch FifieldLiberalVicFederalSenate
Alex GallacherLaborSAFederalSenate
Katy GallagherLaborAustralian Capital TerritoryFederalSenate
Peter Georgiou[e]One NationWAFederalSenate
Lucy Gichuhi [g]Family First/IndependentSAFederalSenate
Stirling GriffXenophonSAFederalSenate
Pauline HansonOne NationQldFederalSenate
Sarah Hanson-YoungGreensSAFederalSenate
Derryn HinchJusticeVicFederalSenate
Jane HumeLiberalVicFederalSenate
Skye Kakoschke-MooreXenophonSAFederalSenate
Chris KetterLaborQldFederalSenate
Kimberley Kitching [d]LaborVicFederalSenate
Jacqui LambieLambieTasFederalSenate
David LeyonhjelmLiberal DemocratsNSWFederalSenate
Sue LinesLaborWAFederalSenate
Scott Ludlam [i]GreensWAFederalSenate
Jenny McAllisterLaborNSWFederalSenate
Malarndirri McCarthyLaborNorthern TerritoryFederalSenate
Hon. Ian MacdonaldLNPcQldFederalSenate
James McGrathLNPcQldFederalSenate
Bridget McKenzieNationalVicFederalSenate
Nick McKimGreensTasFederalSenate
Gavin MarshallLaborVicFederalSenate
Claire MooreLaborQldFederalSenate
Hon. Fiona NashNationalNSWFederalSenate
Deborah O'NeillLaborNSWFederalSenate
Barry O'SullivanLNPcQldFederalSenate
Hon. Stephen ParryLiberalTasFederalSenate
James PatersonLiberalVicFederalSenate
Hon. Marise PayneLiberalNSWFederalSenate
Helen PolleyLaborTasFederalSenate
Louise PrattLaborWAFederalSenate
Linda ReynoldsLiberalWAFederalSenate
Lee RhiannonAtheist10GreensNSWFederalSenateShe gave a great speech in 2017 calling for secular changes. We can't think of a better secular speech in recent times. A shame she does not get more publicity for her secular views.More details
Janet RiceGreensVicFederalSenate
Malcolm RobertsUnknown4One NationQldFederalSenateIt seems he doesn't have strong religious or secular convictions but would curry favour with the Christian lobby if it would further his other crazy hobby horses. Questionnaire sent 29 August 2017.More details
Hon. Anne RustonLiberalSAFederalSenate
Hon. Scott RyanLiberalVicFederalSenate
Hon. Nigel ScullionCountry Liberal [j]Northern TerritoryFederalSenate
Zed SeseljaLiberalAustralian Capital TerritoryFederalSenateA Catholic lawyer who used his maiden speech to defend traditional marriage.He says religious freedom will be threatened by marriage equality
A conservative supporter of Tony Abbott
Rachel SiewertGreensWAFederalSenate
Hon. Lisa Singh[k]LaborTasFederalSenate
Hon. Arthur SinodinosLiberalNSWFederalSenate
Dean SmithLiberalWAFederalSenate
Glenn SterleLaborWAFederalSenate
Anne UrquhartLaborTasFederalSenate
Larissa Waters[i]GreensQldFederalSenate
Murray WattLaborQldFederalSenate
Peter Whish-WilsonGreensTasFederalSenate
John WilliamsNationalNSWFederalSenate
Hon. Penny WongLaborSAFederalSenate
Nick XenophonXenophonSAFederalSenate

 


17 comments on “Federal Secular Index
  1. Matt Ellis says:

    I’ll do the research on every federal politician from WA, both Senators and House of Reps.

  2. Dean says:

    Quite simply, you have just lost an opportunity to do this well. You should have never announced this. You should have sent a questionaire to any Politician that you didnt know about already and asked them a series of questions.

    • The Iron Fist says:

      I don’t agree with you Dean but can I put you down to do Chris Bowen, Andrew Broad, Russell Broadbent, Gai Brodtman, Scott Buchholtz, Tony Burke, Linda Burney, Mark Butler, Terri Butler and Anthony Byrne?

  3. Janelle says:

    Great initiative. I can’t help at the moment as I’m busy with uni work but after about mid-September I’ll help out if you’re still going.

    This site can help your research on how pollies voted on different issues:
    https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/

    You can search by the politician or by issue. Here is the vote for:
    – National School Chaplaincy program: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/policies/61
    – Stem Cell Research: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/policies/22

  4. The Iron Fist says:

    Hi Everyone. This site may help your investigations. http://www.openaustralia.org.au/

  5. Landon Hardbottom says:

    A list of sites to assist in the search, such as the one The Iron Fist has listed above would be helpful and encourage more participation. I’ll start at the “Zs” and see if I can make some progress there but tracking down this type of information isn’t something I’ve done before.

  6. Selena says:

    I looked at Jacquie Lambie.
    I scored her a 1.
    Catholic.
    Opposes marriage equality for religious reasons.
    Refused a tour of a mosque for religious reasons.
    Actively opposes Islam but not for secular reasons.

  7. The Iron Fist says:

    If there is limited public information about a particular politician or if you just like to do a thorough job you could also send the politician a questionnaire. I have amended the page to include a link to a suggested questionnaire.

  8. The Iron Fist says:

    Roberta has offered to do
    Hon Chris Bowen
    Andrew Broad
    Russell Broadbent
    Gai Brodtmann
    Scott Buchholz
    Hon Tony Burke
    Linda Burney
    Hon Mark Butler
    Terri Butler
    Hon Anthony Byrne

  9. Pele says:

    Malcolm Fucking Roberts.
    No mention of religious affiliation found, but he did go on ‘church and state’ show https://churchandstate.com.au/climate-change/
    RE abortion,
    He thinks there’s not enough ‘balanced’ information available, that women are misinformed, and that ‘Abortion violates the sanctity of life’

  10. Janelle Carter says:

    I give Eric Abetz a zero. He’s more of a religious zealot than Tony Abbott.

    Religion: Christian – a member of the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (an extremely conservative denomination in the Calvinist tradition). Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Abetz

    Religious Activism: Abetz “has been variously associated with conservative groups, including the Association of Christian Parent Controlled Schools, Salt Shakers, Focus on the Family, Lyons Forum, Endeavour Forum, Family Council of Victoria, Fatherhood Foundation, Australian Christian Lobby, Australian Family Association and Right to Life Australia” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Abetz

    Voting record: Abetz has voted exactly as you would expect a fundamentalist Christian to vote:

    Voted very strongly against increasing availability of abortion drugs: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/31

    Voted very strongly against stem-cell research: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/22

    Voted very strongly against a national redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/125

    Voted very strongly against extending government benefits to same-sex couples: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/29

    Voted moderately for funding the national school chaplaincy program: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/61

    Quotes on various issues:

    On imposing his religious view on the rest of us: “In case I need to declare I identify as a Christian. That forms the basis of my world view which in turn provides me with a moral code which in turn informs my approach to law making.” https://abetz.com.au/speeches/the-foundations-of-successful-conservative-policy-the-wise-and-foolish-builders

    On Parliamentary prayers: He has strongly argued against the Green party’s attempts to remove the Lord’s prayer from the daily opening of Federal Parliament saying “The latest Green attack as part of their ongoing attempt to rewrite our history and deny our heritage,” and pointed out that Australia’s freedom and wealth have been built on our religious underpinnings, making us the envy of the world.”
    https://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2014/2014214_599.shtml

    On separation of Church and State he quotes Ronald Reagan on his blog “And I know that you will agree with me that standing up for Australia also means standing up for the God, who has so blessed our land. I believe this country hungers for a spiritual revival. I believe it longs to see traditional values reflected in public policy again. To those who argue the separation of Church and State as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say: separation of Church and State was not to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was to protect religious values from government tyranny.” https://abetz.com.au/speeches/address-to-the-australian-christian-lobby-conference-brisbane

    On Same-sex marriage: He’s said he won’t be bound by the same-sex marriage poll and will vote according to his conscience: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jan/27/eric-abetz-coalition-mps-will-not-be-bound-by-plebiscite-on-marriage-equality

    On Australia: He believes that “Our rich Judeo-Christian heritage as a nation should be celebrated and taught as the foundation of our nation’s greatness” and “Our society and its well-being – the envy of the world – is firmly rooted in our Judeo-Christian heritage.” https://abetz.com.au/speeches/the-foundations-of-successful-conservative-policy-the-wise-and-foolish-builders

    On abortion: “I think the studies, and I think they date back from the 1950s, assert that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.” http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/media-bias-and-religion-its-not-about-faith-or-politics-but-how-extremely-they-are-expressed/news-story/347407eae2e89501998da4fe5e9061b9

    On claiming there is anti-Christian bias in the media: “If you have a Christian, conservative point of view to offer, the media will have this negative-sentiment override which will simply be critical of any views that you may seek to express …” http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/media-bias-and-religion-its-not-about-faith-or-politics-but-how-extremely-they-are-expressed/news-story/347407eae2e89501998da4fe5e9061b9

  11. Janelle Carter says:

    Terri Butler Member for Griffith was much harder to evaluate, she is a secular humanist and supports a lot of secular policies such as science funding, same-sex marriage and assisted dying.
    Although she is not religious she appears to have fallen into the trap of progressive authoritarianism – wanting to enforce equality and speech codes in law. She is the Shadow Assistant minister for equality and supports policies such as gender quotas and opposes the reform of 18C. I find these incompatible with principles of fairness (we should be a meritocracy) and liberalism (freedom of speech is the bedrock of our democracy). Strictly speaking though these views don’t impact her ‘secular’ credentials. This underscores for me that secularism alone is not enough – we also need politicians committed to liberalism and justice.

    Anyway, Butler would get a 7 for her championing of secular policies however due to her support for QLD’s religious vilification laws she is getting a 6. The vilification laws make it unlawful to incite hatred, serious contempt and even “severe ridicule” of a person or group on the basis of their religion. It is easy to see how these could come to act as defacto blasphemy laws if interpreted widely by the courts.

    Religion: She claimed in parliament to be “a secular humanist”: http://www.openaustralia.org.au/debates/?id=2016-11-09.113.1&s=secular#g123.8

    Views on Secular topics:
    On science funding: In her maiden speech spoke strongly in favour of science funding “Australia should be a nation that respects science, rigour and expertise, and knowledge, skills, experience and evidence, because in elevating and celebrating these things lies Australia’s future—our ability to compete and to cooperate. We owe it to every Australian to fund scientific research not just when it is perceived to have immediate financial benefit, because the nature of scientific research is that we do not know what it will lead to; we do not know what innovations will occur in the future with scientific research… more broadly, we must promote science and reason. We must resist anti-intellectualism.”
    http://australianpolitics.com/2014/02/27/terri-butler-alp-griffith-first-speech.html

    On Same-Sex Marriage: Has been a strong supporter of marriage equality since entering parliament and co-sponsored a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015. She also strongly opposed a same-sex marriage plebiscite but on her Facebook page she makes it clear she will be voting ‘yes’ in the postal vote. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/queensland-mps-lead-marriage-equality-charge-20150907-gjh2w7.html
    https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/griffith/terri_butler/policies/129

    On Abortion: She successfully lobbied the government to cancel the visa of American anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman, who had previously called for the execution of abortion doctors.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/30/anti-abortion-campaigner-denied-visa-australia-troy-newman

    On voluntary assisted-dying: In principle, subject to seeing the details of the bill, she supports legalisation of voluntary assisted dying. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p7HrrY-BB4 (at approx. 9 minute mark)

    Leftist-authoritarian views:

    She supports QLDs religious vilification laws (defacto blasphemy laws): http://www.terributlermp.com/our_community_must_stand_together_against_religious_vilification

    She strongly believes in gender quotas and affirmative action in politics and business: http://www.theleft.org.au/50_is_equal

    On Free Speech: She opposed changes to 18C of the Racial Discrimination act. She was sued by one of the QUT students involved in the Cindy Prior case over comments she made on Q&A accusing them of using the ‘N word’.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/hypocritical-labor-frontbencher-terri-butler-sued-over-racist-smear-on-qa-20161123-gswdh1.html
    http://www.terributlermp.com/the_recent_section_18c_case_is_a_reminder_that_the_courts_are_under_resourced

  12. Janelle Carter says:

    I’ll also do Derryn Hinch and my local MP Julie Owens.
    Hinch should get a good rating, I know he’s opposed to chaplains, wants to remove the Lord’s prayer from the opening of parliament, and thinks churches should pay tax.

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