There are some people who have views that are so repugnant to me that I shake my head in disbelief that they even have a platform from which to sprout them. Wendy Francis is one such person. Stephen Fielding is another. Co-incidentally, they are both from the Family First political party. This party sounds pretty innocuous. Families. Who doesn’t like families, right? Chances are, you have on, come from one or are part of one. Possibly all three! So chances are that you might be inclined to give them tick somewhere on your ballot on August 21st.
STOP RIGHT THERE.
Because you need to know what bigotted, homophobic, inflammatory views this party holds. You need to know that they’re not about putting all families first. Just one type of extremely narrowly defined family.
This weekend on Twitter, Family First senate candidate Wendy Francis broadcast the following tweets to her followers and the world:
Family First currently have just one representative in the Australian Senate, Steven Fielding. The party received just 1.88% of the votes in Victoria, but because of pre-arranged deals, Fielding became a Senator in 2004. He is up for re-election in 2010 after completing his six-year term.
His contribution to the passing of Australia’s first paid parental leave scheme in June was to VOTE AGAINST IT BECAUSE:
“Drug addicts and welfare cheats can go out there and get themselves pregnant and then after 20 weeks have an abortion and still pocket the government’s cash,” Senator Fielding told the Senate.
This is despite the fact that the government had held many briefings and information sessions prior to the introduction of the legislation for any member of parliament who wanted to ask these kinds of questions. Other anti-abortion parliamentarians had their concerns addressed privately to their satisfaction.
Stephen Fielding refused to attend any of these sessions and instead used parliament to launch a vile attack on some of the most vulnerable people in our community, not to mention those who have lost babies so tragically in such circumstances due to extreme medical complications.