Popular support for the “Yes” campaign’s push over so-called same-sex “marriage” has declined significantly over recent weeks. The Christian Democratic Party notes with interest that the public is beginning to question the simplistic rhetoric and misleading justifications for the redefinition of marriage in Australian law.

Readers may be interested in the latest paper published by Dr. Zimmerman at WhyVoteNo.org.au  The paper, which is titled “A Legal Opinion on the Potential Impact on Religious Freedom in the Marriage Actis Amended to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry” contains a detailed summary of the threats to civil rights posed by radical social reformers.

Dr. Zimmerman was a Commissioner at the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia between 2012 and 2017 and Associate Dean (research) at Murdoch University School of Law between 2010 and 2013. He is currently the Director of Postgraduate Research at Murdoch University, Adjunct Professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus), President of the West Australian Legal Theory Association and Editor-in-Chief of the Western Australian Jurist.

In a circular that was mailed on 26 September 2017, Dr. Zimmerman writes that:

“I deeply regret to inform that the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Attorney General (among numerous other members of Australia’s political elite) are either ignorant on the matter or blatantly deceiving the Australian people. In particular, Senator Brandis has distinguished himself as undoubtedly one of worst and most incompetent Attorney Generals in the whole history of our great Commonwealth. He should be forced to resign as a matter of urgency.”

These are incredibly damning words from a legal professional who has obviously dedicated a great deal of his energy to analysing the implications of reforming law and social policy. They may or may not be called for, what is certain however is that the Australian public certainly has a reason to be wary of calls to interfere with institutions such as marriage, institutions which have predated the state and form the essential bedrock of all civil society.

What our country needs now is the leadership necessary to keep overzealous social reformers at bay, and allow cooler heads to prevail in debates over important areas of legal reform. What Dr. Zimmerman’s comments illustrate is that civil liberties should always be at the heart of responsible government. Those rights will be significantly under risk should the “Yes” campaign prevail. Australians who value their liberties should accordingly vote “No” in the postal ballot.

Media inquiries:  Rev. Fred Nile MLC:               (02) 9230 2478


The Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC

27 September 2017

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