Hon Phillip Ruddock,
Religious Freedom Review Panel
I have been a Mathematics teacher for 20 years.
I have been the author of the Signpost series of Mathematics textbooks used throughout Australia and the Maths Builder series of Mathematics textbooks and their Learning website.
In short, I have dedicated my working life to the improvement of teaching and the welfare of students. I have taught for 18 years in state schools and two years in Christian schools and all this time I have sincerely served the parents of their children (in loco parentis). Please listen to the wishes of these parents.
The wishes of parents should be paramount in the raising of their children. They commit a large part of their time and money to fulfilling their hopes and plans for their children. They love their children. Please give them the freedom to protect and raise their children to the best of their ability.
Almost 40% of Australians who voted in the 'plebiscite' voted 'NO' to the change of definition of marriage. Please protect their right to freedom of speech, freedom of action and freedom of religion. These are being challenged by those who led the 'YES' campaign.
Note: If the 'YES' campaign had not denied their intention of restricting other freedoms during the campaign, but had declared their intentions clearly they would have received less than 20% of the vote.
Widen and not restrict the right all Australians parents to withdraw their children from classes in their school that they do not wish their children to participate in.
Widen and not restrict the right of all Australians employers to employ those they choose.
Widen and not restrict the right all Australians to withhold services they provide.
Widen and not restrict the right all Australians to buy goods from whom they choose.
You are in a position to contribute to Australia's definition of FREEDOM.
Australians have fought and died in two word wars to preserve their way of life. Most of those who died would be grieved by the changes that are happening as a vocal minority set out to complete their own agenda.
I, along with millions of other Australians, hope and pray that our freedoms will not be reduced.