As the Queensland Government continues to play tippy-toe about dealings with lobbyists, it seems possible that some lobbyists may like to be seen as “just folks” when it’s convenient.
A Toowoomba Chronicle article about introduction of a QLD plan (done late at night, like a classic Deen demolition in the Joh days) to remove surrogacy access rights from single people and any couple having two partners of the same gender, mentioned “Gaythorne woman Wendy Francis”.
Given Wendy’s leadership of the Australian Christian Lobby in the once-smart State, surely Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts, or the Chronicle’s reporter, might have seen fit to mention her affiliation. I guess not. Lobbyists can be so discomforting.
Meanwhile, Queensland’s new boy to the ministry is not new to the term “ministry” at all. Tim Mander is touted by the news as “ex-rugby referee”, leaving out the time since 2005 when he was CEO of Scripture Union Queensland as if it had never been.
If decisions are going to be made along lines that closely echo those dictated by religion, the public deserves better information about the religious bent of those influencing those decisions.
There’s a very disturbing word for those friends of Jesus who pursue power, in order to make others behave like good little Christians: dominionists.
Run that word through Google. It may ruin your sleep.