The people of Australia will decide who will lead the nation at the Federal election on Saturday 2 July 2016. Many people have written to us asking us who to vote for. We cannot tell you who to vote for because the Canberra Declaration is a non-partisan Christian ministry. But because our focus is promoting and protecting Christian values we want to offer guidelines on how to vote. In line with our mission statement we strive to 'educate' those who have signed the Canberra Declaration about the issues we face. We work with all parliamentarians who make a stand for Australia's Christian heritage and Christian values of life, marriage, family, faith and freedom.
The heartbeat of the Canberra Declaration in regard to marriage and family is clearly heard in the seminal vision statement called The Australia We Live To See. The last paragraph sums it up well, "We live to see an Australia where the family, founded by the marriage of a man and a woman, will once again be protected, honoured and advantaged as the primary focus of the affairs of the nation; where our family relationships will be treasured; where mothers and fathers will be supported in the noble task of raising children; where we use our talents to build a better world as an enduring legacy for our children and grandchildren."
Thankfully, each election time, our sister organisation the Australian Christian Values Institute releases the Christian Values Checklist. The Australian Christian Values Institute has been serving the Australian community since 1999. It has made a significant contribution to the ongoing protection and promotion of Christian values in our nation through these Christian Values Checklists, William Wilberforce Awards, the Australian Christian Values Award and various submissions to parliament.