Kids Rights: Your MP’s record

On Election Day, you will be asked to choose the candidate you think will best represent you and your community. As you make up your mind, it is worth checking your MP’s record on important conscience votes.

Conscience votes are when a member of parliament is not bound to vote a certain way by their party. They are free to vote according to their own conscience.

Conscience votes provide us with an important opportunity to glimpse the values that underpin a member of parliament's decision-making process.

There were two conscience votes in the last Queensland parliament.

 

Surrogacy

In 2009 a bill was introduced to legalise surrogacy in Queensland.

Many Christians opposed the legislation because it allowed singles and same-sex couples to acquire babies – denying these children the right to be raised by both their mother and father.

Surrogacy also raises a number of ethical questions about IVF, the health of the birth mother and the parentage of the child.

Not every child can be raised by their biological parents. Children get separated from their parents often through tragedy or desertion. However, as a society, we should defend the right of children to know and be raised by their biological parents wherever possible.

The Liberal National Party voted as one to oppose the government’s legislation. Instead they put forward a bill to limit surrogacy to married couples and heterosexual de facto couples who had been together for two years.

Labor granted its members a conscience vote. Only two Labor MPs opposed the bill. Margaret Keech and Michael Choi. None of the independents voted for the bill. Some members abstained from voting on the bill.

ACL has published the speeches of those MPs who did support the surrogacy bill on the Queensland Votes website. Many of them show a clear disregard for values held dear by many people, particularly Christians.

What’s at stake here is the right of a child to grow up knowing their biological mother and father. Deliberately creating a situation where a child is denied their mother and father is something a civil society should never do.

 

Same-sex civil partnerships

Last year, the Deputy Premier, Andrew Fraser introduced a bill to legalise same-sex civil partnerships in Queensland. These same-sex civil partnerships are designed specifically to mimic marriage.

They will further undermine the special place of marriage in our society and bring us one step closer to legalising homosexual marriage.

Just like the surrogacy bill, the LNP voted as one in opposing civil partnerships. Labor MPs had a conscience vote. Margaret Keech, Michael Choi and Geoff Willson were the only Labor MPs to vote against this bill.

No doubt many factors that will influence your vote at this important election. Take some time however to check out your MPs voting record on these landmark decisions.

 

First name

Surname

Party

Electorate

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy?

Surrogacy Speech

Civil Partnerships

Ros

Bates

LNP

Mudgeeraba

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Jarrod

Bleijie

LNP

Kawana

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Anna

Bligh

ALP

South Brisbane

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“I do not think there is any sound basis for ruling out people on the basis of their particular relationship circumstances.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Michael

Choi

ALP

Capalaba

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Michael

Crandon

LNP

Coomera

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Andrew

Cripps

LNP

Hinchinbrook

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Peta-Kaye

Croft

ALP

Broadwater

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“A same sex couple having a child does not harm anyone.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Liz

Cunningham

IND

Gladstone

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Vicky

Darling

ALP

Sandgate

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“I would argue that judging suitability to be a parent is not something within the power of this parliament.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Tracy

Davis

LNP

Aspley

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Jack

Dempsey

LNP

Bundaberg

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Cameron

Dick

ALP

Greenslopes

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“There are no restrictions upon the use of genetic material used in conception of the child. Nor does the government consider it appropriate to impose restrictions based on marital status, gender, sexual orientation or methods of conception.”

Read speech #1

Read speech #2

Supported civil partnerships

Steve

Dickson

LNP

Buderim

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Alex

Douglas

LNP

Gaven

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Peter

Dowling

LNP

Redlands

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Glen

Elmes

LNP

Noosa

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Scott

Emerson

LNP

Indooroopilly

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Di

Farmer

ALP

Bulimba

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“I am clear on what my role is not, and it is not to be an arbiter on the moral and philosophical polarities”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Simon

Finn

ALP

Yeerongpilly

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Bruce

Flegg

LNP

Moggill

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Chris

Foley

IND

Maryborough

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Andrew

Fraser

ALP

Mount Coot-tha

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“The shocking revelation that must be delivered to the moralisers opposite is this: you can no more command the tide than stop the birth of children in the circumstances contemplated by this bill.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

David

Gibson

LNP

Gympie

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Grace

Grace

ALP

Brisbane Central

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“Attitudes must change in my view just like attitudes have changed towards single mums, adoptions and, yes, even same sex couples.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Stirling

Hinchliffe

ALP

Stafford

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Howard

Hobbs

LNP

Warrego

Did not vote

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Paul

Hoolihan

ALP

Keppel

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“...in many cases the worst parenting comes from the accepted family grouping of husband and wife.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Ray

Hopper

LNP

Condamine

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Jan

Jarratt

ALP

Whitsunday

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“I rise to support the government’s Surrogacy Bill 2009 and in doing so place on record my pride in being part of bringing to the House a piece of legislation that recognises the realities of family life in the 21st century”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Vaughan

Johnson

LNP

Gregory

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Mandy

Johnstone

ALP

Townsville

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“It is not the ground on which to debate the religious or moral high ground.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Kate

Jones

ALP

Ashgrove

Did not vote

 

Supported civil partnerships

Margaret

Keech

ALP

Albert

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Betty

Kiernan

ALP

Mount Isa

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Steve

Kilburn

ALP

Chatsworth

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“This idea that because it is a heterosexual relationship the kids are going to grow up fine and dandy is ridiculous.

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Shane

Knuth

KAP

Dalrymple

Did not vote

 

Opposed civil partnerships

John-Paul

Langbroek

LNP

Surfers Paradise

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Peter

Lawlor

ALP

Southport

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Ted

Malone

LNP

Mirani

Did not vote

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Mark

McArdle

LNP

Caloundra

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Aidan

McLindon

KAP

Beaudesert

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Rosemary

Menkens

LNP

Burdekin

Did not vote

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Rob

Messenger

IND

Burnett

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Absent from Parliament

Jo-Ann

Miller

ALP

Bundamba

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Evan

Moorhead

ALP

Waterford

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“...there are many heterosexual couples who are known to be dysfunctional in their parenting skills and are well known to the Department of Child Safety.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Tim

Mulherin

ALP

Mackay

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Tim

Nicholls

LNP

Clayfield

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Rachel

Nolan

ALP

Ipswich

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Jason

O’Brien

ALP

Cook

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Mary-Anne

O’Neill

ALP

Kallangur

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Annastacia

Palaszczuk

ALP

Inala

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“Some members opposite have expressed rigid and outdated views about what constitutes a family in the modern day.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Curtis

Pitt

ALP

Mulgrave

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Andrew

Powell

LNP

Glass House

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Phil

Reeves

ALP

Mansfield

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Ian

Rickuss

LNP

Lockyer

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Mark

Robinson

LNP

Cleveland

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Mark

Ryan

ALP

Morayfield

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“My vision for Queensland is that together we can continue to build open, tolerant, supportive, understanding and compassionate communities where we together promote a normalisation agenda...”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Desley

Scott

ALP

Woodridge

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“The Surrogacy Bill 2009 is more to do with social justice than with social engineering, but it is far more than that.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Jeff

Seeney

LNP

Callide

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Kerry

Shine

ALP

Toowoomba North

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“Can I say – and I suspect that this is the experience of other members – that most communications have urged members to vote against the government’s bill.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Fiona

Simpson

LNP

Maroochydore

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Christine

Smith

ALP

Burleigh

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“Society is continually changing and evolving. Our legislation, processes and attitudes, by necessity, change with it.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Ted

Sorensen

LNP

Hervey Bay

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Lawrence

Springborg

LNP

Southern Downs

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Ray

Stevens

LNP

Mermaid Beach

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Barbara

Stone

ALP

Springwood

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“...we need to start accepting a broader definition of family.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Karen

Struthers

ALP

Algester

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Jann

Stuckey

LNP

Currumbin

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

Carryn

Sullivan

ALP

Pumicestone

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Lillian

van Litsenburg

ALP

Redcliffe

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Craig

Wallace

ALP

Thuringowa

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Murray

Watt

ALP

Everton

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Peter

Wellington

IND

Nicklin

Opposed single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Supported civil partnerships

Dean

Wells

ALP

Murrumba

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“Altruistic surrogacy is not an activity that society has any business limiting...”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Wayne

Wendt

ALP

Ipswich West

Did not vote

 

Supported civil partnerships

Steve

Wettenhall

ALP

Barron River

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

“I cannot accept the proposition that a single man, a single woman or a same sex couple cannot raise a child as successfully as a family consisting of a mother and a father.”

Read the full speech

Supported civil partnerships

Geoff

Wilson

ALP

Ferny Grove

Supported single and same-sex surrogacy

 

Opposed civil partnerships

 

EMILY's List

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List of EMILY’s List MPs in the Queensland Parliament

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  • Desley Scott – Member for Woodridge
  • Christine Smith – Member for Burleigh
  • Barbara Stone – Member for Springwood
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