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I really shouldn’t have to say this, but the proposed ban on the construction of new churches and other places of worship, in the Swan Valley, is completely insane.
You may think that organised religion is funny and goofy. Fine, you’re allowed to think that. But, to ban other people from catering for their religious practises is North Korea-levels of crazy.
There’s something fundamentally totalitarian about a mayor of a city saying that there’s enough suppliers of a particular good or service in their city.
Who is the Mayor to decide whether or not there’s enough of something in their city? It’s people who build churches, and its people who decide whether or not they are needed.
It’s moments like these when Australians need to have a long hard think about the type of country we are becoming, and ask themselves: do we value religious freedom or do we not?
If we value religious freedom, then the Premier and every other community leader in Western Australia should come out and condemn this proposal.
I will do some research about how the City is proposing to carry out this ban, and if it is through a by-law or a regulation, I will move a disallowance motion in the upper house to block it.
When new migrants take the oath of allegiance, they promise to respect and uphold the democratic beliefs, rights and liberties of Australia.
The Mayor of Swan is failing to uphold the very oath that he oversees at citizenship ceremonies, and he should seriously consider whether he is the right person for the job.
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WA Liberal Democrats MP Aaron Stonehouse has today outlined his legislative agenda for 2019, saying that he’s ready to rock and roll, and to add a few wins to his name.
“2019 will be the culmination of a number of things that I’ve been working on for the past 18 months,” said Aaron Stonehouse MLC, WA Liberal Democrats MP.
“I’ll be introducing a bill to legalise airsoft. Most people don’t know what that is, but a lot of my supporters care about it, and I’m happy to make it a reality.
“My nanny state inquiry will be wrapping up in August, and it will be producing a report for the Government with recommendations about vaping, car mods and bike helmets.
“I’ll be tabling a petition to parliament to legalise vaping. If the nanny state inquiry supports that outcome, then it should give the Government something to think about.
“Euthanasia is obviously a big one. More and more people are realising that it’s about human dignity, and not about offing old people, and I’m pleased that the Government is demonstrating leadership on this issue, and is allowing for a meaningful debate.
“I’ll likely try and do something on self-defence. Western Australians have a legal right to self-defence but have no practical ability to exercise that right. This needs to change.
“My political party, Liberal Democrats WA, will also be launching a policy platform. I can’t give too much away, but the catchphrase will be, ‘lower taxes, individual responsibility, and small government’,” said Aaron Stonehouse MLC, WA Liberal Democrats MP.