A letter to Kevin Andrews who was the local member for the district where I lived at the time when he introduced the bill in the House of Representatives to overturn the Northern Territory legislation on euthanasia and which was later passed by a 'conscience vote' in both houses of the Parliament of Australia. Some other current issues are mentioned. DB.





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19 July 1996



Mr Kevin Andrews MP

651 Doncaster Road

Doncaster Vic 3108



Dear Mr Andrews



Thank you for sending your Parliamentary Report No 4.



I fully support your stand on euthanasia and believe that you would represent most members of my congregation in this. We had group discussions on the matter last year in the light of the Synod discussion paper which did not take a clear position at that time. I think most of our people would have preferred the position you have taken.



The initiative you have taken to introduce a private members bill to reverse the change to the law in the Northern Territory is fully justified both morally and constitutionally in my view. I congratulate you on your courage and conviction in this initiative.



Our people have also been very supportive of the Prime Minister in his stand on gun control. I have had only one (admittedly very strong) objection to the Church support for the Government position, and that was from a person who dropped out of church activities some years ago. Many have signed petitions in support.



On a different matter, perhaps I should mention to you that I wrote twice to Senator Spindler in recent months opposing his bill on "sexuality". If that bill or something like it is reintroduced I would like to have the opportunity to make a submission on it. It is not that I wish to see punitive action or to avoid laws against discrimination in housing and employment on grounds that are unfair and irrelevant, but rather that I wish to maintain the value of marriage understood as a given part of the universal natural order. I hope and I would expect that you would continue to represent the mainstream values of the community in that respect. In this I believe Christian teaching is more widely accepted than much recent talk in the media would allow.



I am much less happy about the proposed cuts to university funding and the ABC, although I agree that the ABC has been "politically correct to a fault". I would prefer to see taxes increased to fund these important public institutions.



With best wishes,



Yours sincerely ,



David Beswick





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