Federal Secular Index

Welcome to the Iron Fist Velvet Glove Secular Index for Federal Politicians.

We take the view that many religious doctrines are harmful to our society and a person who has strong religious beliefs is more likely to oppose progressive reform of our laws. For that reason, it is important to know the nature of religious belief held by our political leaders. This index is an attempt to summarise that information.

Do you think it is unfair to question the religious belief of our political leaders? Check out this article by former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.

We have listed our understanding of the particular faith followed by our Federal politicians and a rating of their commitment to secular values. We have no problem with politicians who are extremely pious provided they do not seek to impose their religion on other people or seek special privileges or advantages for their religion.

The index rates commitment to secular values.

0 – A person who actively argues against secular values and has demonstrated a shameless desire to use government resources to promote their particular religion and who would cross the floor and vote against party policy if such policy contravened their religious conviction.

3- A person who believes religions are valuable, that they should be supported and encouraged by government and would strongly oppose removing privileges but is not necessarily a loud advocate or organiser for religions.

5 – Neutral. We have been unable to find evidence of secular values.

8 – A person who would probably vote for secular reforms but does not publicly argue in favour of such reforms.

10 – A person who may or may not be extremely religious but who recognises that religion is a private matter which should receive no assistance from government and who actively advocates for the removal of special religious privileges.

If the index score is blank it means we haven’t scored this politician yet. You can help by sending us an email with information and links.

Alternatively, leave a comment below with your suggested score and information.

It would be great if you include links to articles which support your suggested score.

If there is limited public information about a particular politician or if you just like to do a thorough job you could also send the politician a questionnaire. Here is a link to a suggested questionnaire.



SurnameFirst NameReligionSecular IndexPartyStateChamberNotesLinks
AbbottTonyCatholic0LPNSWH of RepsThe mad monk. A solid score of 0. A true enemy of secularism.More details
AlbaneseAnthonyCatholic (non-practising)5ALPNSWH of RepsAnthony has often said that he was raised with three great faiths: The Catholic Church, The South Sydney Football Club and Labor.More details
AlexanderJohnUnknown5LPNSWH of RepsNo public information. Questionnaire was sent 19 August 2017
AlyAnneMuslim3ALPWAH of RepsDescribes herself as a secular Muslim.
Seems to be pro-secular but no public comments on specific secular policies other than wanting S.18c amended to include religion which would be a disaster for secularism.
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AndrewsKarenBelieves in God5LPQldH of RepsNo information available other than she believes in GodBelieves in God
AndrewsKevinCatholic0LPVicH of RepsA member of the Cameron prayer group. For religious reasons he introduced a private members bill to defeat Assisted Dying legislation in the Northern Territory.More details
BandtAdamNon believer5AGVicH of RepsWe couldn't find any pro or anti secular statements from him.Do Australian MP's believe in God?
BanksJuliaUnknown5LPVicH of RepsNo relevant public information available. Questionnaire sent 26 August 2017.
BirdSharonUnknown5ALPNSWH of RepsNo relevant public information available. Questionnaire sent 26 August 2017.
BishopJulieChristian2LPWAH of RepsA very cautious supporter of Marriage Equality who is very concerned that "religious freedom " is protected.
A strong supporter of Scripture Classes who threatened to reduce funding for State governments if they watered down RI lessons to a more secular version.
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BowenChrisAtheist5ALPNSWH of RepsAn atheist but no other informationOne of the few openly declared atheists in parliament
BroadAndrewA strong Christian3NatsVicH of RepsWas initially listed as a 5 but the same sex marriage debate flushed out his desire for religious privilegesMore details
BroadbentRussellAlmost certainly Christian3LPVicH of RepsA big supporter of The Lord's Prayer being said at the start of parliament. He is critical of the secular movement.An ABC interview
BrodtmannGaiUnknown6ALPACTH of RepsNot sure whether or not she professes a faith but she understands she separation of Church and State. She says you don’t need religion to have a solid framework of strong moral values.
“I believe religion is a personal matter and I respect every person’s right to religious freedom. Everyone is informed and guided in different ways. I have my own set of values that guide me that have been informed by my life experience,”
Source link
BuchholzScottUnknown4LPQldH of RepsIs against same sex marriageSource link
BurkeTonyCatholic4ALPNSWH of RepsTony Burke is a Catholic. For him, that means going to church each week, sitting towards the back, and leaving quietly.More details
BurneyLindaUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
ButlerMarkUnknown4ALPSAH of RepsProtective of Chaplaincy programme.More details
ButlerTerriNon believer6ALPQldH of RepsDifficult to evaluate, she is a secular humanist and supports a lot of secular policies such as science funding, same-sex marriage and assisted dying.
Although she is not religious she appears to have fallen into the trap of progressive authoritarianism
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ByrneAnthonyUnknown5ALPVicH of RepsOpposed same sex marriage for unknown reasons
ChalmersJimUnknown5ALPQldH of RepsNothing found to suggest he is either for or against secularismMore details
ChampionNickUnknown5ALPSAH of Reps
ChesterDarrenUnknown5NatsVicH of Reps
ChestersLisaUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
ChristensenGeorgeGreek Orthodox3NatsQldH of RepsWhen he was 21 years old, Christensen briefly attended a seminary in Melbourne with the intention to become a Catholic priest. However, when his father "pointedly objected," Christensen gave it up. Later, in 2014, he converted to worship in the Antiochian Orthodox ChurchMore details
CioboSteveUnknown5LPQldH of Reps
ClareJasonUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps74% of his electorate voted No but he voted Yes to SSM
ClaydonSharonUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
ColemanDavidUnknown5LPNSWH of Reps
CollinsJulieUnknown5ALPTasH of Reps
ConroyPatUnknown6ALPNSWH of RepsThe point I am making here is that many people who adhere to a religious faith also support marriage equality. But, even if they do not, we cannot make laws in this country and in this chamber based on religious beliefs. We have moved a long way from having a union of religion and the Crown. We have moved a long way from having an official state religion that dictates the morals and laws of this country. Any way of using religious beliefs to prevent marriage equality, I fear, impinges on and blurs the line in the separation of church and state.
CoultonMarkUnknown5NatsNSWH of Reps
CrewtherChrisUnknown5LPVicH of Reps
DanbyMichaelJewish5ALPVicH of Reps
DickMiltonUnknown5ALPQldH of Reps
DreyfusMarkJewish6ALPVicH of RepsHe gets a 6 for the secular tone of this speech to a Freedom for faith conference.
DrumDamianUnknown5NatsVicH of Reps
DuttonPeterUnknown3LPQldH of RepsNot a Bible basher but lines up with conservative views.More details
ElliotJustineUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
EllisKateUnknown5ALPSAH of Reps
EntschWarrenUnknown6LPQldH of RepsArgued strongly against cake baker exemptions
EvansTrevorUnknown5LPQldH of Reps
FalinskiJasonUnknown5LPNSWH of Reps
FitzgibbonJoelUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
FletcherPaulChristian3LPNSWH of Repsseemed to reluctantly accept the plebiscite decision and had an unhealthy interest in research grants about theology and wanted a mandatory internet pornography filter
FlintNicolleUnknown4LPSAH of RepsVoted strongly for civil celebrants to be able to refuse same sex marriages
FreelanderMikeUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
FrydenbergJoshJewish5LPVicH of Reps
GeeAndrewUnknown5NatsNSWH of Reps
GeorganasSteveUnknown5ALPSAH of Reps
GilesAndrewUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
GillespieDavidUnknown4NatsNSWH of RepsAbstained from marriage equality vote probably because of religious freedom beliefs
GoodenoughIanChristian4LPWAH of RepsSeems to be signing up religious nutters as Liberal Party members
GoslingLukeRaised as a Catholic5ALPNTH of Reps
HartRossUnknown5ALPTasH of Reps
HartsuykerLukeUnknown5NatsNSWH of Reps
HastieAndrewAnglican2LPWAH of RepsUltra conservative Christian fundamentalist who probably believes in creationism.
HawkeAlexChristian2LPNSWH of RepsA religious conservative power broker who works diligently to oust moderate liberals.More details
HayesChrisUnknown4ALPNSWH of RepsHe has said "I believe steps should be taken to protect ­religious liberty.”"
HendersonSarahRaised as a Catholic5LPVicH of Reps
HillJulianUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
HoganKevinUnknown5NatsNSWH of Reps
HowarthLukeChristian3LPQldH of RepsWants to expand the Chaplaincy scheme
HuntGregUnknown5LPVicH of Reps
HusarEmmaUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
HusicEdMuslim5ALPNSWH of Reps
IronsSteveUnknown5LPWAH of Reps
JonesStephenCatholic5ALPNSWH of Reps
JoyceBarnabyCatholic1NatsNSWH of RepsHe hates extremist atheists.More details
KatterBobCatholic (Maronite Christian)0KAPQldH of RepsMr Katter said Christian churches were being ridiculed and he was sick of sitting back and copping it by the humanists and the Darwinians.
“Let’s face our enemy squarely; the humanists and the Darwinians.
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KeayJustineUnknown5ALPTasH of Reps
KeenanMichaelUnknown5LPWAH of Reps
KellyCraigUnknown but probably Christian4ALPNSWH of RepsPart of Tony Abbott's cabal of religious nuttersMore Details
KellyMikeUnknown but probably Christian5ALPNSWH of Reps
KeoghMattUnnown5ALPWAH of Reps
KhalilPeterCoptic Christian5ALPVicH of Reps
KingCatherineUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
KingMadeleineUnknown5ALPWAH of Reps
LambSusanUnknown5ALPQldH of Reps
LamingAndrewUnknown5LPQldH of Reps
LandryMichelleUnknown5NatsQldH of RepsNot much to report except she is against the Burqa but that may be just xenophobia rather than secular concernsMore details
LaundyCraigUnknown5LPNSWH of Reps
LeeserJulianJewish5LPNSWH of Reps
LeighAndrewAtheist5ALPACTH of Reps
LeySussanUnknown5LPNSWH of Reps
LittleproudDavidUnknown3NatsQldH of RepsVoted against marriage equality due to religious freedom concerns
MacklinJennyUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
MarinoNolaUnknown5LPWAH of Reps
MarlesRichardUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
McBrideEmmaUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
McCormackMichaelUnknown5NatsNSWH of Reps
McGowanCathyUnknown5INDVicH of Reps
McVeighJohnChristian5LPQldH of Reps
MitchellBrianUnknown5ALPTasH of Reps
MitchellRobUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
MorrisonScottPentecostal0LPNSWH of RepsA religious nutter who has pushed hard for special religious privileges. A true enemy of secularism. Upon becoming Prime Minister he made a series of announcements which we detailed in episodes 165 and 164 which reduced his score from 2 to 0.More details
MortonBenUnknown5LPWAH of Reps
NeumannShayneChristian5ALPQldH of Reps
O'BrienLlewUnknown5LPQldH of Reps
O'BrienTedChristian5LPQldH of Reps"The notion of trying to take pictures of Jesus out of Christmas cards is ludicrous," Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien said, fuming at the reported edict.
O'ConnorBrendanUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
O'DowdKenUnknown5NatsQldH of Reps
O'DwyerKellyUnknown5LPVicH of Reps
O'NeilClareUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
O'TooleCathyUnknown5ALPQldH of Reps
OwensJulieUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
PasinTonyCatholic4LPSAH of RepsPart of Tony Abbott's cabal.More details
PerrettGrahamCatholic5ALPQldH of Reps
PittKeithCatholic3NatsQldH of RepsMr Pitt said he was raised in the Catholic faith and would support the proposed amendments for religious freedoms, which ultimately failed.
PlibersekTanyaUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
PorterChristianUnknown5LPWAH of Reps
PrenticeJaneUnknown5LPQldH of RepsI rise today to place on the record my strong support for continued federal government funding of the National School Chaplaincy Program
PriceMelissaCatholic5LPWAH of RepsA Tony Abbott supporter
PyneChristopherCatholic6LPSAH of RepsLeading Liberal moderate and senior cabinet minister Christopher Pyne will oppose any amendments to a same-sex marriage bill aimed at strengthening protections for religious freedoms.
RamseyRowanUnknown5LPSAH of Reps
RishworthAmandaUnknown5ALPSAH of Reps
RobertStuartPentecostal6LPQldH of RepsA religious nutter who has supported diversity in the military and the right for military personnel to march in uniform in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Possibly only secular when it comes to the military.More details
RowlandMichelleChristian5ALPNSWH of Reps
RyanJoanneUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
SharkieRebekhaUnknown5CASAH of Reps
ShortenBillProtestant5ALPVicH of RepsDuring the 2016 campaign, Shorten has promised if elected to preserve the current exemptions for religious institutions in Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws, and the saying of the Lord’s Prayer before each sitting day of Parliament.https://www.eternitynews.com.au/archive/kind-christian-bill-shorten/
SmithTonyUnknown5LPVicH of Reps
SnowdonWarrenUnknown5ALPNTH of Reps
StanleyAnneUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
SudmalisAnnUnknown5LPNSWH of Reps
SukkarMichaelMaronite Christian3LPVicH of RepsConservative son of immigrant Lebanese Maronite ChristiansMore details
SwanWayneUnknown5ALPQldH of Reps
SwansonMerylUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
TaylorAngusChristian4LPNSWH of RepsPart of Abbott's army. He argued that if the Marriage Act were changed there must be strong protections for people of faithHe believes religious freedom will be threatened by marriage equality
TehanDanChristian3LPVicH of RepsSocial Services Minister Dan Tehan called in a recent speech for a federal Religious Discrimination Act.
TemplemanSusanUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
ThistlethwaiteMattUnknown5ALPNSWH of Reps
TudgeAlanUnknown4LPVicH of RepsI will be monitoring this closely to ensure the best standards are provided for children in state schools and that parents who make tremendous sacrifices to send their children to Catholic or independent schools are not penalised for doing so.
PhelpsKerrynJewish8INDNSWH of RepsMore details
VamvakinouMariaUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
van ManenBertChristian5LPQldH of RepsI have strong Christian ethics and values, and these guide my life. I am an active member of my local church, and I am on the board of our bible college, Dunamis International College of Ministries. I am regularly involved in our men’s mentoring and leadership programs. My wife Judi is also on the board of Daughters of Promise, a mentoring and leadership program for young women.
VastaRossUnknown5LPQldH of Reps
WallaceAndrewCatholic5LPQldH of RepsBut he said he was also a firm believer in the separation of church and state, and had no problems with legalising same-sex marriage.
WattsTimUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
WicksLucyUnknown5LPNSWH of RepsSame-sex marriage is provoking an upheaval about freedom of conscience, religious liberty and the norms that govern our democratic discourse.
WilkieAndrewMind your own business5INDTasH of Reps
WilsonJoshUnknown5LPWAH of Reps
WilsonRickUnknown3LPWAH of RepsAbstained from SSM vote because he wanted religious freedom exemptions.
WilsonTimAgnostic4LPVicH of Reps"I will fight for religious freedom," says Tim Wilson
WoodJasonUnknown5LPVicH of Reps
WyattKenCatholic5LPWAH of Reps
ZappiaTonyUnknown5ALPSAH of Reps
ZimmermanTrentUnknown5LPNSWH of Reps
AbetzEricChristian Reformed Church0LPTasSenateOn separation of Church and State he quotes Ronald Reagan on his blog “And I know that you will agree with me that standing up for Australia also means standing up for the God, who has so blessed our land. I believe this country hungers for a spiritual revival. I believe it longs to see traditional values reflected in public policy again. To those who argue the separation of Church and State as a reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say: separation of Church and State was not to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was to protect religious values from government tyranny.”More details
BernardiCoryCatholic0ACSASenateA very outspoken conservative who has no regard for secular values.
BirminghamSimonAtheist6LPSASenatePrepared to take on overfunding of religious schools
BrownCarolUnknown5ALPTasSenate“The religious freedom arguments and proposed amendments are nothing more than last ditch attempts to delay what people now need to accept is inevitable and the will of the Australian people,” Senator Brown said.
BurstonBrianUnknown but probably Catholic4UAPNSWSenateVoted against SSM for unknown reasons
CameronDougAtheist8ALPNSWSenateMore details
CanavanMatthewCatholic1NatsQldSenateA hardcore Catholic and disciple of Tony Abbott who bemoans the rise of secularism.More details
CarrKimUnknown6ALPVicSenateThe minister for education and training,Christopher Pyne, is proposing to extend government funding to the teaching of theology. Critics of this proposal, including Labor Senator Kim Carr, are concerned that this compromises the separation of church and state. Click here
CashMichaeliaUnknown3LPWASenateShe spoke at an ACL conference and voted for special religious exemptions in the Marriage Act debate.
ChisholmAnthonyUnknown5ALPQldSenateALP state secretary Anthony Chisholm said if religious beliefs influenced the (Liberal) Party and its policies, then it demanded public explanation. ... Labor's Anthony Chisholm said there were reports the preachers had been harassing people and telling schoolies on the Gold Coast they would go to hell for being drunk, being Muslim and having sex outside of marriage.
CollinsJacintaCatholic2ALPVicSenateAnti-abortion. Anti-euthanasia. Anti-gay marriage. A cardboard cut-out Catholic dramatically elevated into Labor's leadership team after the second coming of Kevin Rudd.More details
CormannMathiasRoman Catholic3LPWASenateA conservative Catholic but not as bad as some others although he pushed for special religious privileges as part of Marriage Act amendments
GichuhiLucyChristian3LPSASenateVoted against SSM for religious reasons.She said her Christian faith was the backbone of her political beliefs.

"I believe I'm here for a reason and a purpose and that reason can only come from God. That is my key belief," she said.
Di NataleRichardUnknown9AGVicSenateNeeds to do more to promote secularismMore details
DodsonPatCatholic (was ordained a priest)5ALPWASenateUnknown position on SSM and absent when the vote took place.
DuniamJonathonChristian3LPTasSenateA Christian who is proudly the ideological love child of Eric AbetzWas one of the Liberal senators on the Post Ruddock  Senate Inquiry who refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions were replaced by other protections for religious freedom.
FarrellDonCatholic2ALPSASenateA staunch Catholic, part of the Shop Assistants Union, his father was DLP and he is a powerful advocate of conservative ideas in the labor PartyMore details
FawcettDavidChristian (Baptist?)2LPSASenateTeamed up with James Paterson to try to win amendments to the same sex marriage legislation to allow special religious privileges. A big believer in "Religious Freedom" who will cause big problems in the future for secularism.More details
Fierravanti-WellsConcettaCatholic ?3LPNSWSenateVoted against SSM for religious freedom reasons. Was one of the Liberal senators on the Post Ruddock  Senate Inquiry who refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions were replaced by other protections for religious freedom.Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has become perhaps the Liberal Party’s most vocal spokesperson for conservative multicultural views.
FifieldMitchUnknown3LPVicSenateVoted for special religious exemptions in the Marriage Act debate
GallacherAlexUnknown5ALPSASenateAbsent for SSM voteVery little information about this long time union official.
GeorgiouPeterUnknown4PHONWASenateHe was disappointed however some basic and simple measures to protect religious and conscientious views were rejected.
HansonPaulineUnknown3PHONQldSenateIs against SSM and in favour of amendments to allow civil celebrants to refuse SSM.“I notice in the morning every day when we stand up to say the Lord’s Prayer in this place that the majority of those on the opposite side don’t even say the Lord’s Prayer,” said One Nation’s Pauline Hanson.
“So their regard for religion is non-existent.
HinchDerrynAtheist5DHJPVicSenateIs probably quite secular but hasn't said or done much to prove it.
HumeJaneUnknown3LPVicSenateWas one of the Liberal senators on the Post Ruddock  Senate Inquiry who refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions were replaced by other protections for religious freedom.
KetterChrisCatholic3ALPQldSenateVoted against same sex marriage for religious freedom reasons. He is linked to the conservative Shop Assistants Union.
LeyonhjelmDavidUnknown4LDPNSWSenateHas pushed for special religious exemptions as part of marriage equality but his motivation appears to be libertarianMore details
McCarthyMalarndirriCatholic5ALPNorthern TerritorySenateI am thankful for Christ in my life and for each and every sunrise.”
MacdonaldIanUnknown3LPQldSenateInitially opposed same sex marriage for unknown reasonsWas one of the Liberal senators on the Post Ruddock  Senate Inquiry who refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions were replaced by other protections for religious freedom.
McGrathJamesUnknown4LPQldSenateAbstained from the vote for SSM for unknown reasons.A right wing extreme Libertarian from Toowoomba.
McKenzieBridgetChristian3NatsVicSenateVehemently opposed to gay marriage seemingly on religious grounds and voted for amendments which would give special privileges to religions.
McKimNickUnknown9AGTasSenateHas spoken out strongly in favour of secularismMore details
MarshallGavinUnknown5ALPVicSenateAbsent overseas for SSM vote
O'NeillDeborahCatholic3ALPNSWSenateOn SSM she abstained and she says she has been guided by her conscience. “I believe in the traditional definition of marriage..."
O'SullivanBarryUnknown3NatsQldSenateVoted against SSM but reasons unknown. part of Tony Abbott's cabal of religious nutters.Was one of the Liberal senators on the Post Ruddock  Senate Inquiry who refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions were replaced by other protections for religious freedom.
PatersonJamesUnknown3LPVicSenateDrafted his own bill which would allow service providers to deny service for gay weddings and favoured special religious exemptions.His motivations are probably more libertarian rather than religious.
PolleyHelenCatholic3ALPTasSenateVoted against same sex marriage for religious freedom reasons. She is linked to the conservative Shop Assistants Union.
PrattLouiseUnknown5ALPWASenateSpoke against Chaplains in schools but for LGBTQ reasons, not secular reasons.More details
RiceJanetUnknown5AGVicSenateNovember 27, 2017. Greens Senator Janet Rice says that civil celebrants should not be able to descriminate when it comes to performing at a same sex marriage ceremony. Rice says that the religous protections should not be carried across to those who are solomnising secular marriages.
RyanScottUnknown3LPVicSenateAdvocates that school chaplains should be religious
ScullionNigelUnknown5CLPNorthern TerritorySenate
SeseljaZedCatholic2LPAustralian Capital TerritorySenateA Catholic lawyer who used his maiden speech to defend traditional marriage.He says religious freedom will be threatened by marriage equality
A conservative supporter of Tony Abbott
SiewertRachelUnknown6AGWASenate“How disgusting to prioritise a ‘fundamental part of freedom of religion’ over ensuring the safety of children”
SinodinosArthurGreek Orthodox5LPNSWSenate
SmithDeanUnknown5LPWASenateFought hard for marriage equality but his bill was severely flawed on secular groundsSome allowance is made that a non-secular Bill was possibly a necessary compromise to get the law passed.
SterleGlennUnknown5ALPWASenateAbsent for SSM vote.
WilliamsJohnChristian3NatsNSWSenateJohn Williams wants the Lord's Prayer to be part of the school system. Voted against SSM for religious freedom reasons.More details
WongPennyUnknown6ALPSASenate“Religious freedom means being free to worship and to follow your faith without suffering persecution or discrimination for your beliefs. It does not mean imposing your beliefs on everyone else.”Is prepared to confront religious privilege regarding SSM but not on other issues
BrockmanSladeUnknown3LPWASenateVoted against SSM for religious freedom reasonsWas one of the Liberal senators on the Post Ruddock  Senate Inquiry who refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions were replaced by other protections for religious freedom.
WatersLarissaAtheist5AGQldSenateDoes not believe in God
AnningFraserChristian3KAPQldSenateVoted against SSM for religious reasons
GormanPatrickUnknown5ALPWAH of Reps
KearneyGedUnknown5ALPVicH of Reps
MolanJimCatholic4LPNSWSenateAn Abbott man
StokerAmandaChristian1LPQldSenatePro-life advocate. Was one of the Liberal senators on the Post Ruddock  Senate Inquiry who refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions were replaced by other protections for religious freedom.Amanda Stoker said "the concern about removing the protections, without including additional amendments for religious freedoms, was because of the threat of activist parents and activist children. Take for example the situation of a parent or child who wants to be an activist in a religious school. You’ve got a conservative Catholic school and you’ve got a child who wants to run a gay club within the school. That clearly contradicts with Catholic teaching and Catholic schools should have the right to say that’s not within the framework of the values we want for this school.”
FaruqiMehreenMuslim5AGNSWSenateAustralia's first female muslim Senator



24 comments on “Federal Secular Index
  1. Matt Ellis says:

    I’ll do the research on every federal politician from WA, both Senators and House of Reps.

    • The Iron Fist says:

      Good on you Matt

    • john mulhall says:

      quick note on Graham Perrett. He made comments in favour of gay marriage years before it became a vote winner. He asked in a public speech why to homosexuals getting married had any impact upon the meaning of his own. Good man and i don’t vote Labour.

  2. Dean says:

    Quite simply, you have just lost an opportunity to do this well. You should have never announced this. You should have sent a questionaire to any Politician that you didnt know about already and asked them a series of questions.

    • The Iron Fist says:

      I don’t agree with you Dean but can I put you down to do Chris Bowen, Andrew Broad, Russell Broadbent, Gai Brodtman, Scott Buchholtz, Tony Burke, Linda Burney, Mark Butler, Terri Butler and Anthony Byrne?

  3. Janelle says:

    Great initiative. I can’t help at the moment as I’m busy with uni work but after about mid-September I’ll help out if you’re still going.

    This site can help your research on how pollies voted on different issues:

    You can search by the politician or by issue. Here is the vote for:
    – National School Chaplaincy program: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/policies/61
    – Stem Cell Research: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/policies/22

  4. The Iron Fist says:

    Hi Everyone. This site may help your investigations. http://www.openaustralia.org.au/

  5. Landon Hardbottom says:

    A list of sites to assist in the search, such as the one The Iron Fist has listed above would be helpful and encourage more participation. I’ll start at the “Zs” and see if I can make some progress there but tracking down this type of information isn’t something I’ve done before.

  6. Selena says:

    I looked at Jacquie Lambie.
    I scored her a 1.
    Opposes marriage equality for religious reasons.
    Refused a tour of a mosque for religious reasons.
    Actively opposes Islam but not for secular reasons.

  7. The Iron Fist says:

    If there is limited public information about a particular politician or if you just like to do a thorough job you could also send the politician a questionnaire. I have amended the page to include a link to a suggested questionnaire.

  8. The Iron Fist says:

    Roberta has offered to do
    Hon Chris Bowen
    Andrew Broad
    Russell Broadbent
    Gai Brodtmann
    Scott Buchholz
    Hon Tony Burke
    Linda Burney
    Hon Mark Butler
    Terri Butler
    Hon Anthony Byrne

  9. Pele says:

    Malcolm Fucking Roberts.
    No mention of religious affiliation found, but he did go on ‘church and state’ show https://churchandstate.com.au/climate-change/
    RE abortion,
    He thinks there’s not enough ‘balanced’ information available, that women are misinformed, and that ‘Abortion violates the sanctity of life’

  10. Janelle Carter says:

    I give Eric Abetz a zero. He’s more of a religious zealot than Tony Abbott.

    Religion: Christian – a member of the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (an extremely conservative denomination in the Calvinist tradition). Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Abetz

    Religious Activism: Abetz “has been variously associated with conservative groups, including the Association of Christian Parent Controlled Schools, Salt Shakers, Focus on the Family, Lyons Forum, Endeavour Forum, Family Council of Victoria, Fatherhood Foundation, Australian Christian Lobby, Australian Family Association and Right to Life Australia” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Abetz

    Voting record: Abetz has voted exactly as you would expect a fundamentalist Christian to vote:

    Voted very strongly against increasing availability of abortion drugs: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/31

    Voted very strongly against stem-cell research: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/22

    Voted very strongly against a national redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/125

    Voted very strongly against extending government benefits to same-sex couples: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/29

    Voted moderately for funding the national school chaplaincy program: https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/eric_abetz/policies/61

    Quotes on various issues:

    On imposing his religious view on the rest of us: “In case I need to declare I identify as a Christian. That forms the basis of my world view which in turn provides me with a moral code which in turn informs my approach to law making.” https://abetz.com.au/speeches/the-foundations-of-successful-conservative-policy-the-wise-and-foolish-builders

    On Parliamentary prayers: He has strongly argued against the Green party’s attempts to remove the Lord’s prayer from the daily opening of Federal Parliament saying “The latest Green attack as part of their ongoing attempt to rewrite our history and deny our heritage,” and pointed out that Australia’s freedom and wealth have been built on our religious underpinnings, making us the envy of the world.”

    On separation of Church and State he quotes Ronald Reagan on his blog “And I know that you will agree with me that standing up for Australia also means standing up for the God, who has so blessed our land. I believe this country hungers for a spiritual revival. I believe it longs to see traditional values reflected in public policy again. To those who argue the separation of Church and State as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say: separation of Church and State was not to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was to protect religious values from government tyranny.” https://abetz.com.au/speeches/address-to-the-australian-christian-lobby-conference-brisbane

    On Same-sex marriage: He’s said he won’t be bound by the same-sex marriage poll and will vote according to his conscience: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jan/27/eric-abetz-coalition-mps-will-not-be-bound-by-plebiscite-on-marriage-equality

    On Australia: He believes that “Our rich Judeo-Christian heritage as a nation should be celebrated and taught as the foundation of our nation’s greatness” and “Our society and its well-being – the envy of the world – is firmly rooted in our Judeo-Christian heritage.” https://abetz.com.au/speeches/the-foundations-of-successful-conservative-policy-the-wise-and-foolish-builders

    On abortion: “I think the studies, and I think they date back from the 1950s, assert that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.” http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/media-bias-and-religion-its-not-about-faith-or-politics-but-how-extremely-they-are-expressed/news-story/347407eae2e89501998da4fe5e9061b9

    On claiming there is anti-Christian bias in the media: “If you have a Christian, conservative point of view to offer, the media will have this negative-sentiment override which will simply be critical of any views that you may seek to express …” http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/media-bias-and-religion-its-not-about-faith-or-politics-but-how-extremely-they-are-expressed/news-story/347407eae2e89501998da4fe5e9061b9

  11. Janelle Carter says:

    Terri Butler Member for Griffith was much harder to evaluate, she is a secular humanist and supports a lot of secular policies such as science funding, same-sex marriage and assisted dying.
    Although she is not religious she appears to have fallen into the trap of progressive authoritarianism – wanting to enforce equality and speech codes in law. She is the Shadow Assistant minister for equality and supports policies such as gender quotas and opposes the reform of 18C. I find these incompatible with principles of fairness (we should be a meritocracy) and liberalism (freedom of speech is the bedrock of our democracy). Strictly speaking though these views don’t impact her ‘secular’ credentials. This underscores for me that secularism alone is not enough – we also need politicians committed to liberalism and justice.

    Anyway, Butler would get a 7 for her championing of secular policies however due to her support for QLD’s religious vilification laws she is getting a 6. The vilification laws make it unlawful to incite hatred, serious contempt and even “severe ridicule” of a person or group on the basis of their religion. It is easy to see how these could come to act as defacto blasphemy laws if interpreted widely by the courts.

    Religion: She claimed in parliament to be “a secular humanist”: http://www.openaustralia.org.au/debates/?id=2016-11-09.113.1&s=secular#g123.8

    Views on Secular topics:
    On science funding: In her maiden speech spoke strongly in favour of science funding “Australia should be a nation that respects science, rigour and expertise, and knowledge, skills, experience and evidence, because in elevating and celebrating these things lies Australia’s future—our ability to compete and to cooperate. We owe it to every Australian to fund scientific research not just when it is perceived to have immediate financial benefit, because the nature of scientific research is that we do not know what it will lead to; we do not know what innovations will occur in the future with scientific research… more broadly, we must promote science and reason. We must resist anti-intellectualism.”

    On Same-Sex Marriage: Has been a strong supporter of marriage equality since entering parliament and co-sponsored a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015. She also strongly opposed a same-sex marriage plebiscite but on her Facebook page she makes it clear she will be voting ‘yes’ in the postal vote. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/queensland-mps-lead-marriage-equality-charge-20150907-gjh2w7.html

    On Abortion: She successfully lobbied the government to cancel the visa of American anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman, who had previously called for the execution of abortion doctors.

    On voluntary assisted-dying: In principle, subject to seeing the details of the bill, she supports legalisation of voluntary assisted dying. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p7HrrY-BB4 (at approx. 9 minute mark)

    Leftist-authoritarian views:

    She supports QLDs religious vilification laws (defacto blasphemy laws): http://www.terributlermp.com/our_community_must_stand_together_against_religious_vilification

    She strongly believes in gender quotas and affirmative action in politics and business: http://www.theleft.org.au/50_is_equal

    On Free Speech: She opposed changes to 18C of the Racial Discrimination act. She was sued by one of the QUT students involved in the Cindy Prior case over comments she made on Q&A accusing them of using the ‘N word’.

  12. Janelle Carter says:

    I’ll also do Derryn Hinch and my local MP Julie Owens.
    Hinch should get a good rating, I know he’s opposed to chaplains, wants to remove the Lord’s prayer from the opening of parliament, and thinks churches should pay tax.

  13. Adam says:

    DR Jim Chalmers MP – Member for Rankin

    Rating of 8
    There was not a lot of evidence to suggest that Jim was anything but secular in his political views .
    His personal life is somewhat candid and without glimpse into any form of faith following.
    Would be a 10 if I was able to find anything from Jim stating that he did not follow a faith.
    Pro –
    SSM ‘Yes’ Voter – Facebook post 8:30am 27-10-27 (Ditto Twitter)
    Defended Bill Shorten’s efforts against changes to Section 18c labelling the changes as an ‘obsession of the far right of the Liberal Party – The Australian 17-11-2016

    On the fence –
    Active participant at local functions to recognise upstanding citizens within his electorate which are hosted by religious bodies but interpret these activities as him wanting to engage with the large cultural demographic of his electorate.

  14. Brett Jones says:

    Hi there

    I have started on my local member, Michelle Landry, LNP member for Capricornia. I have not been able to find any mention of her stance on secularism and if she is even religious. She came out against burqas in public, but only stated safety and feminist principles. In that article she did reflect some knowledge of old testament ideals of modesty, but no stance on her own religiosity.

    She voted for the plebiscite, however she seems to vote in the party line. At the moment, I am thinking she may be between a 5 to 7, however I have sent her the survey and hope for a response.


    • The Iron Fist says:

      Thanks Brett!

    • The Iron Fist says:

      I have put her down as a 5

    • Brett Jones says:

      An update. A Landry representative got back to me and said they were all too busy to do the survey. They did say though “Please note however that as the Federal Member for Capricornia, Ms Landry’s personal views will not always determine how she will vote in parliament – as the representative of the electorate she will always vote based on the majority opinion of the constituents she is representing.” From what I have seen on her voting record, she tows the party line. However, as she is elected she has a good argument that she is representing the majority of her constituents, as they voted LNP. So, yoou get what you ask for.

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