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VIDEO: Abortion, “the silent innocence of the unborn”

I have finally got around to editing the third in a series of brief talks / Q&A from the Think.Again Conference, Sunshine Coast Queensland 2014.

“The only crime, they say, is that of interfering with a woman’s absolute right to decide if she is ready to be a mother. But a woman is already a mother, for better for worse, when she is first “with child” and there is no right to take a life which is not ours to take. Consenting adults who conceive have a duty of care to their baby which nothing can set aside. The law must uphold that duty and uphold the fundamental prohibition against intentional killing.”

Quebec sets up the machinery of mercy-killing

Euthanasia - cutting the cord - MercatornetProf Somerville is right in this powerful article, below, from Mercatornet. The so-called “right to die” will come to be felt by the most vulnerable more as a “duty to die” – to do the right thing by society. It might be “liberty” for some, but it is a new form of oppression for the lonely old people in nursing homes whom I look after, and who will know what society expects of them.

VIDEO: Euthanasia & the ‘Duty to Die’

I thought I needed to lighten up a bit, so here is a new video – culled from the same conference as the ‘harms of homosexual marriage’ video – on euthanasia. In particular, the way that legalised mercy-killing would corrupt the State’s relationship with its most vulnerable citizens, and doctors’ relationship with their most vulnerable patients. Featuring former Governor General Bill Hayden’s famous urging of “unproductive burdens” to “disencumber” themselves and do the right thing by society…

VIDEO – In time for Mother’s Day, while children still have the right to a Mother.

This video is based on a talk and panel Q&A on the Sunshine Coast a few weeks back:

The blurb runs as follows:

“Same-sex marriage is a coldly calculated decision of Government to create motherless families, to create fatherless children… That is very, very bad policy”.

As a family doctor and President of the Australian Marriage Forum (www.AustralianMarriage.org) David van Gend makes an unflinching yet respectful case against the move to same-sex ‘marriage’. He urges that the rights of a child should take priority over the demands of homosexual adults, and addresses all the usual issues of concern during a brief talk and panel Q&A in Queensland, 2014.

Check out the Iona Institute… and not just for the Irish accents.

Updating Blog roll links – and the Iona Institute gets a guernsey. In part for this excellent video speaking sanity on the marriage debate, in part for the music of the Irish voices.

In part, out of fond memories of travels to Iona in 1985 with the Scottish cousins Mary & Jane Moffat; reading Dr Johnson’s account of his ‘Journey to the western isles of Scotland‘ as a travel guide. And a bleak day at the youth hostel at Uig on the Isle of Skye hearing snatches from Faure’s Requiem on Mary’s walkman. As Dr Johnson put it:

Article: “Above all liberties” (with bonus endorsement by Mark Steyn!)


Bit of a buzz when a friend tells you that Mark Steyn has quoted you at his site. If you don’t know why, you should read more of this most courageous and outrageous writer at www.SteynOnline.com

He could have got me for infringing intellectual property rights, since much of the article uses lines minted by Steyn or points made by him – but that is because he is the best mind on this subject, and has no objection to others multiplying his efforts.

AUDIO: “Above all liberties” – and the Q&A anti-Bolt debacle


Senator George Brandis on Q&A: a rock of liberty amidst a swamp of lefties

Having just watched Q&A with federal Attorney-General Brandis urging the need to allow all opinions to be heard as part of robust public argument, while the other panellists urged him to  silence any unacceptable and offensive opinion, I have decided to post the audio of the talk I gave this weekend to the NCC Queensland conference.

I do it as a mark of respect for the firm resolve of the AG last night, and in particular for the ongoing courage of journalist Andrew Bolt – the person the other Q&A panellists felt free to vilify in the same breath as they decried the mildest “vilification” of anyone else. Note Andrew’s response on his Blog tonight, keeping his dignity in the face of such bile:

Take a ride on our new Bypass!

And now some good news for visiting friends who have had to grind through the interminable road works on the current Range Crossing: a $Billion-plus cheque signed today by the Federal Treasurer for the long-awaited Second Range Crossing.

This is testament to the bulldog qualities of three comrades of mine, our local MPs – Federally, Ian Macfarlane and locally, Trevor Watts and John McVeigh – gnashing on this bone and not letting go.

Trevor has this neat simulation of the Bypass journey at his website, and for those who know this region, it is well worth a look:

Article: Let the people speak on same-sex ‘marriage’

canberra_marriage_equalityArticle of mine on giving every Australian the ultimate ‘conscience vote’ on same-sex marriage… “I have faith in the Australian people that, faced with a choice between the demands of two men to be called a marriage and the needs of a child to have, where possible, both a mum and a dad, they will vote on behalf of the child.” Of course, the gay lobby hates the idea of letting the people decide; they prefer to impose it top-down by ‘progressive’ elites and their fellow travellers in the media.

St George poised to slay the dragon of thought-suppression

This may be the most important announcement in the election campaign: PM-in-waiting Tony Abbott has declared today that he and Senator George Brandis are committed “to roll back Labor’s laws that limit free speech on the basis of not ‘giving offence’, defend religious freedom and reform the Australian Human Rights Commission.”

Senator Brandis is the man for this job. I only hope he will not just inflict a flesh wound on this greens-left dragon but will slay it good and proper. I know he will roll back the laws, but rolling back a dragon and tickling its belly is not good enough.

Article: Same sex marriage & the motherless generation

The Australian June 03, 2013

Pity the child of same sex union
by David van Gend

ATHEIST philosopher Bertrand Russell said, “It is through children alone that sexual relations become of importance to society and worthy to be taken cognisance of by a legal institution.”

The legal institution of marriage is, as anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss puts it, “a social institution with a biological foundation”. Our marriage laws and customs exist to reinforce this biological foundation, helping bind a feral-by-nature male to his mate for the sake of social stability and the child they might create.

Speaking at the World Congress of Families in a fortnight…


I will be part of a forum at the Congress on Thursday 16th May, speaking on the need to preserve the objective, natural meaning of marriage. My sub-topic: “The harms to children of legalising same-sex marriage”. Please come along! Then I will be part of a panel on related subjects Friday 17th May. Details in today’s WCF media release:


For immediate release 3rd May 2013 Where do babies come from? Redefining marriage ignores basic truths.

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