Re the senate. Our senate is almost unwinable. We use preferential voting & the senate seats are distributed by percentage. This means a number of single issue minority parties can do preference deals with each other & almost guarantees a few loose wing nuts in the senate. My state had over 150 senate candidates & 18 parties of which only 2 are major parties for 6 available seats at this election. The system is open to abuse & the senate is usually obstructionist as to have your vote counted you must vote preferential, therefore even preferencing through all the candidates of a major party still means votes filter through to a minor party. The system needs changing but it's almost impossible to get the changes through the senate, what a surprise, & to get enough voters interested in the issue to act for reasons before stated.
Hi Jim, the press in Australia is hopelessly leftist, I can honestly only think of 6 significant conservative journalists in the whole country, & thats being generous as 2 of my 6 are talkback radio hosts & it could be argued that they aren't journalists at all. So don't be too inclined to believe the impression our media gives. Under Australia's voting system a majority in the House of Representatives of over 30 seats is a colossal thrashing & that is what Abbott has secured. The gay marriage controversy is not gaining the kind of public attention in Australia that it does in the USA, I guess for 2 reasons: 1. We have a comparatively low number of evangelical christians & so for about 85% of the population it stirs little passion in either direction. 2. We tend to be a nation that rejects militant agendas whatever the issue. I get the impression in the US that you are a 'sign me up' kind of people. If you advocate almost any cause with passion, a significant number of people will join in to be part of a 'movement'. Here it's almost guaranteed that the louder you protest & the more extreme your public position the more people will tend to ignore you, even if they are inclined to agree with you. In other words a 'don't sign me up I couldn't be bothered' culture.
I find it strange with the obvious erosion of religious liberty occurring in our nation and the inappropriate use of laws, such as this one, that Bible translations are the topic of your debate. This is the way laws are used in Communist and Islamic countries to target enemies of the state. This is the same thing the established churches in Europe did during the inquisition. Infringement on personal liberties, religious or otherwise, begins small. We need to keep our eye on the ball.
Ok so I'm asking from Australia. From here this seems bigger than Watergate, I mean these cases of electoral fraud are tried & absolutely proven. So if this were a Republican plot would your press not use this as leverage to force someone out of office through a constant media assault but because its the Democrats it will be basically ignored? Am I reading this right?
Bibles printed in China are exported to the USA, not distributed in China. Companies like Zondervan and Holman etc (consolidation means there are not many Bible publishers left) just like other books. US publishers outsource their printing to Chinese printers (like RR Donnely) and import the books to the US and the printers make a profit and pay their taxes to the Chinese government. Which funds repression.
The kind of arrogant open hatred this guy is displaying is one of the first steps along a path that leads to book burnings, people burnings, firing squads, gass chambers, & gulags. It's prayer time christians.
Bless God! Amen to this sermon! So many professing Christians today are screaming for their rights when we should be denying ourselves and taking up our cross and following Christ. Please Lord God show me how to do this in my own life for your glory.
An honest analysis unfortunately can only come up with a cynical conclusion. Basically the ALP of which Gillard is the leader is on the nose in the electorate. They have lost every state election since the last federal election & also almost every major municipal election as well. They hold power from a minority of parliamentary votes via an alliance with the greens & a few so called independents. Gillard herself is the most hated politician on the federal level that I can remember. She is playing a numbers game it's as simple as that. The greens insisted that the gay marriage issue be put to a parlaimentary vote so she went along with it in order to retain their support. By making it a conscience vote for her own party (which is very unusual for the ALP) she ensured that the vote would not pass. . Result = Gillard tells her green partners in government that she tried but it failed & yet she doesn't risk further unpopularity by enacting legislation that has not been tested via policy announcements at a federal election, which is the precise reason she is already so massively unpopular. Frankly I do not believe the woman has a shred of morality or the fear of God in her. She is cold, dishonest, manipulative, & incompetent. This is proven by the way she first came to power