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ACT Opinions

Posted on: 28 September 2012

The Pocock view

For me the right to Freedom of Speech, which I hold dear, also comes with the responsibility that it must never be used to demean another person’s right to free speech. Sadly this often happens and none more so than in in the current debate about same sex marriage.

Recently the Independent candidate for Molonglo Philip Pocock, who has lived in Canberra for 43 years, got into hot water when he made some strong statements about “gay” marriage. While you might not agree with views on the subject provided he does not demean people when he argues his case he has the same right to make them as his opponents have to criticise them.

Describing himself as a conservative Independent he makes no bones about his views and credit where it’s due he has had the courage, perhaps some people might call it foolishness, to make his views known in Canberra, a city that for many people is a continuing experiment in social engineering.

On the other hand, in a conversation with him he declared a strong belief in a reduction of chemical and atmospheric pollution. Trained in biology and genetics he says, it has been shown quite clearly the resultant health gains in people that occur when carbon and sulphur pollution are reduced bring far greater economic health savings than the costs of preventing such pollution.

He believes also, that the Greens have lost their claim to be a party for the environment. In his view they have become a party of inanity and irrelevance with silly schemes, an anti-religious philosophy that ha fantasy notions of equality.

For him, he said, it was the latest agreement between the Greens and Labour to promote legislation for Civil Unions, ie de facto “Gay Marriage”, that prompted his candidacy “ in the hope that at least one more vote against, not just homosexuality, but the Hegelian philosophy – no God, no spirit – that influences much of the decision making approach of politics today – in the broadest sense – can be rolled back along with at least some of the myriad practical ways in which this philosophy has taken personal freedom away from voters”

While I doubt the Pocock view will take hold in Canberra, nonetheless as personally I believe in free speech, I think people deserve to know what he thinks.

To help you form your own opinion, I suggest you read what he has to say by logging on to his website:


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