BILL IMPOSES 'RELIGIOUS BIAS'
The letter from Jan Roberts regarding Wagga MP Joe McGirr's support for protecting religious freedoms in anti-discrimination legislation is very thought-provoking ("Dismay at McGirr's stance'', May 27).
She rightly questions his actions in associating himself with Mark Latham in a bill which it seems attempts to impose a form of religious bias which is alarming.
No one would deny the right for people to hold personal religious views but when a person is an elected representative they must surely take into account the opinions of their entire electorate.
Joe McGirr's attitude towards the issue of medical advisors being required to refer women seeking abortion to a practitioner who will respect her need is alarming if he really subscribes to the principle of "do no harm", as real harm could come from his refusal to refer a patient. The least he should do is consult with his constituents.
Contrast his actions with Michael McCormack, who in the past had expressed some strong reflections on gay people but when the vote regarding marriage equality took place he said that he would vote in Parliament in accordance with the wishes of his electors; a stark contrast to Dr McGirr's approach.
Jan Roberts also refers to the fact that the public was not aware of his views regarding abortion I wonder would he also refuse to offer advice regarding contraception, as has happened in Wagga previously.
I can't help thinking that this is all "back to the '70s" or earlier.
Mary Kidson, Lake Albert
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WE MUST STAND UP TO CHINA
China has imposed levies, custom inspections and other charges on our iron ore, coal, meat, wines, oats, fruit, seafood and other exports, all as a result of our government calling for a global inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak - an inquiry endorsed by many other countries.
This could possibly have been avoided had our governments, past and present, stood up to China over the years.
China have been allowed virtually, no questions asked, to purchase and control our ports, electricity companies, roads, water, dams, rural properties, companies, corporations - the list goes on.
I think it is time our government stood up to China to ensure Australia stays in our hands and under our, yes, our, control for the betterment and future for all Australians.
If not, make Chinese a compulsory language in our schools!
Peter Dolden, Wagga
BOYCOTT CHINESE-MADE GOODS
We don't want the extra anxiety of the threat coming from communist China.
My Christian community agrees it is time to boycott goods made in China.
Let us stand up for human rights and democracy. If we boycott their goods we are taking a stand for individual freedoms and gentle compassion.
We live by kind regard for our neighbour.
What is happening in Hong Kong - the force and coercion of a gentle people is not acceptable.
Now, in Canberra a very good government has set aside space for a statue/monument to Our Lady Help of Christians, patroness of Australia. Let us move firmly towards funding this memorial for the protection of our land terra spiritu.
Let us move towards this objective and leave our anxieties behind in faith, hope, and love.
Anne Helyar, Uranquinty
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