April 4th 2009

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EDITORIAL: A way out of the economic tsunami?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Senator Steve Fielding's political challenge

COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT: Rudd Government's radical agenda by stealth

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The Liberal Party faces moment of truth

QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION I: Labor's Anna Bligh returns to power

QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION II: Leading abortion campaigner defeated

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Can free trade theory survive the global slump?

ENVIRONMENT: Global cooling is here: Don Easterbrook

BIOETHICS: Plant liberation: Europe's next cause célèbre?

UNITED NATIONS: Voices for the unborn heard at UN session

OPINION: Granting scientists power to take innocent life

F.D. Roosevelt and Obama's strategies (letter)

Agriculture the best-performing sector (letter)

Increasing populations (letter)

CINEMA: Easy Virtue - Dark side of 'deliciously funny comedy'

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Rudd Government's radical agenda by stealth

by Jerome Appleby

News Weekly, April 4, 2009
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has betrayed the very Christian voters he assiduously courted at the last federal election, writes Jerome Appleby.

Kevin Rudd may not have campaigned as an agent of change like Barack Obama, preferring instead to imitate John Howard. But his government has certainly overseen unprecedented changes to the Australian political landscape.

The Rudd Government got off to a warm and fuzzy start with those all-important symbolic gestures: the apology to the "stolen generation", signing the Kyoto protocol on climate-change and holding the 2020 Summit.

More than a year later, Aboriginals don't seem to be better off; Rudd's enthusiasm has cooled towards the economically-damaging carbon emissions trading scheme; and, despite the final report of the 2020 Summit having been handed down in May last year, the Government is still yet to respond.

The Rudd Government, however, did not confine itself to symbolic gestures but quickly got to work implementing its radical secular humanist agenda.


In August 2004, John Howard's Coalition Government amended the federal Marriage Act in order to preserve marriage as the "the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life".

Rudd's Government, since its election, has sought to undermine marriage by extending to same-sex couples all the benefits enjoyed by married and de facto couples. Even before Rudd's laws had been passed, homosexual rights activists were calling for same-sex marriage as well. Their reasoning was logical: if you're going to give us the benefits of marriage, why not the name too?

Rudd, when quizzed on ABC television last year about his attitude towards gay marriage, responded awkwardly: "Well, um. Frankly, what I think or don't think is not relevant. What is relevant is what we took to the last election." (Q & A program, ABC TV, May 22, 2008).

Rudd's appointments have also raised some eyebrows. Whereas Howard appointed former Anglican archbishop of Brisbane, Peter Hollingworth, and Major-General Michael Jeffery as governors-general, Rudd appointed radical feminist Quentin Bryce to the position.

News Weekly has previously reported that, according to an annual report of the National Women's Advisory Council (NATWAC), Bryce "was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby, the radical feminist lobby group; the Union of Australian Women, a body aligned with the pro-Soviet Socialist Party of Australia; the pro-abortion Family Planning Association (Queensland); and the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties." (News Weekly, April 26, 2008).

Bryce was also Queensland director and federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner of the taxpayer-funded Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now the Australian Human Rights Commission).

Under Rudd, Australia has signed the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This now enables complainants, upon all domestic legal avenues being exhausted, to appeal to the UN's CEDAW committee against any convention breaches, including breaches of "reproductive rights" such as denying lesbians access to IVF.

Recently, the Rudd Government turned to gay rights and pro-abortion lawyer, Justice Virginia Bell, to replace retiring High Court Justice Michael Kirby.

More recently, the Rudd Government has lifted the restriction on Australian foreign aid money being used to fund abortion. The new wisdom has it that we should abort the poverty-stricken - apparently they are the problem, not the victims.

In allowing this, Rudd has betrayed the very Christian voters he assiduously courted at the last election. This leads one to ask: how much do his supposed Christian beliefs actually influence him? Rudd, when asked whether he would let his religious beliefs influence the way he ran the country, responded with a firm: "No, you're elected as a secular political leader."

He added: "You're elected on the basis of the views you put to the Australian people, the policies you put to the Australian people, that's the program you deliver." (Q & A program, ABC TV, May 22, 2008).

But does anyone remember Rudd speaking, in the lead-up to the last election, of overturning the ban on foreign aid being used for abortion?

What is worse, there is bound to be more left-wing nonsense to come.

The Australian Human Rights Commission - which scored an early victory in getting the Rudd Government to implement special same-sex laws - is currently pushing an Orwellian-sounding Freedom of Religion and Belief inquiry.

Charter of rights

The Rudd Government has launched an inquiry into a charter of rights, which, if enacted, would hand over more political power to unelected and unaccountable judges.

Once Rudd finally gets around to responding to the 2020 Summit final report, we can expect the inevitable push for Australia to become a republic.

Leading up to the 2007 federal election, Rudd did his very best to pass himself off as conservative and mainstream - a younger Howard clone, in fact. Labor frontbencher and left-winger, Peter Garrett, however, reportedly assured Sydney radio announcer Steve Price not to worry because "once we get in, we'll just change it all". (News.com.au, November 2, 2007).

If only Rudd had been so open.

- Jerome Appleby

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