Freedom of speech
The CDP supports the principle of freedom of speech and expression when that expression does not incite or promote criminal activity as recognised under Australian federal or state law or can be proven to be deceitful or false information.
The CDP also recognises that in some instances certain speech or expression may be considered offensive or insulting to some; however these emotional responses are subjective to those concerned personal opinions and therefore should not be the foundation for any legislation to limit freedom of speech and expression. The principle that an insult is taken but not given and an offence is also taken and not given so it is up to a person to take or not to take either an offence or an insult is taken. There is no compulsion to take anything it can be left behind as it ought to be.
As such the CDP supports the removal of the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’ from section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
Freedom of activity
The CDP supports freedom of activity when that activity does not endanger any other individual or group or qualifies as a criminal activity as recognised under Australian federal or state law.
Like the freedom of speech, the CDP also recognises that in some instances certain activities may be considered offensive to some; however these emotional responses are subjective to those concerned personal opinions and therefore should not be the foundation for any legislation to limit such activity unless security and public safety is of paramount importance.
Further, the CDP supports laws are applied equally to all Australians without exception due to religion or cultural preference. As such laws and regulations such as those regarding security and public safety are applied equally. An example might be where an individual may not enter a business, court or any other premises while wearing a face covering, e.g. motorcycle helmet, hat, scarf etc due to a potential security risk, but a burqa, hijab or niqab is currently permitted; therefore the Christian Democratic will seek to change the laws to remove this anomaly.
Freedom of religion
Although the CDP is founded upon Christian principles, morals and values, we fully support the freedom of choice in regards to Religion or the choice to reject spiritual faith of any kind.
While Australia as a modern nation is founded upon a Christian based heritage there can be no denying Christianity has a foundational place within our cultural identity. Therefore, the CDP holds to the right of churches, institutions, schools and individuals to uphold their Christian beliefs in the public sphere without fear of bullying and litigation; and for other religions to express their religious beliefs or even those of no religion with respect and dignity to all under the law.