Calvary Hospital

Speak Up for Calvary Hospital — Submit Your Support for an Inquiry

Take a Stand for Our Religious Freedom

It’s a grave time for religious freedom in Australia. In the Australian Capital Territory, the Labor-Greens Coalition passed legislation to forcibly acquire Calvary Hospital, which took effect on July 3.

The government considered Calvary Hospital “problematic” as it was Catholic-owned and pro-life on the issues of abortion and euthanasia.

Hence, the government removed this institution because it disliked its Judeo-Christian values. The acting leader of the opposition, Jeremy Hanson, called it “outrageous thuggery” and that it’s “impossible not to conclude that there is an element that involves an attack on faith”.

Historically, totalitarian regimes have been the main culprits of the seizure of church properties and services. Tragically, we’re now seeing it in Australia. That is why we have created an easy way for you to voice your concern and support an inquiry. Click the button below to make a submission:

Like all states and territories, the ACT has a land act that lays out the conditions under which a government may compulsorily acquire a property. The ACT Government deliberately ignored this established law.

Andrew Podger, a professor of public policy at the Australian National University, said in no uncertain terms, “What I am certain of is that the process has been appalling.” The process was without any inquiry or anything resembling proper consultation with Calvary’s board, staff, or the Catholic Church.

John Howard called the ACT Government’s forced acquisition “about as blatant an assault on the principle of private ownership that I’ve seen in this country for many, many years.”

The implications of this are obvious. If Calvary Hospital can be forcibly taken over and acquired by a government because it dislikes its Judeo-Christian values, whose private property could be next? Christian schools. Aged care facilities. Churches or anyone who has a different opinion to the government of the day.

Astonishingly, Anthony Albanese supported the takeover. This once again highlights the shocking lack of religious freedom in Australia. The need for the work of the Canberra Declaration is greater than ever.

It’s critical that there is a broad and strong message sent to Canberra. Australians must let the Federal Government know that this “outrageous thuggery” will not go unnoticed and unchallenged. We must speak up!

Click the button below to make a submission:

The Federal Government can intervene in this situation. Under section 122 of the Australian Constitution, the Federal Parliament “may make laws for the government of any territory”.

We must take action now to ask our Federal MPs and Senators to intervene in this situation. This will send a strong message that we care about religious freedom and that we refuse to have our Christian institutions destroyed by a power-hungry government.

The Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment Bill 2023 proposes an ACT inquiry into the forced acquisition. Its proposal is very simple:

The Government of the Territory must conduct an inquiry into the Health Infrastructure Enabling Act 2023 (ACT), reporting before 30 June 2024.

We have created an easy way for you to make a submission in support of the Bill.

Please use your voice and email a submission to the Senate Committee! A copy will be sent to the Prime Minister and your Federal MPs and Senators to ask them to support this Bill too.

We have provided a carefully-worded email as a starting place for you. It will only take a couple of minutes to send, but the effects can be far-reaching.

Submissions close on 17 July 2023.

Let’s take a stand for religious freedom and Christian healthcare!

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  1. Jim Twelves 7 July 2023 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Warwick and Sam, this is a most important post, I commend you most heartily. I must say that the technology you have put up to make this the most easy operation to submit a letter is wonderful. I would urge everyone to do this, It is the only way to keep our own conscience alive and well in these days. If the ‘powers that be’ take notice, that’s a bonus! God notices!

    • Kaylene Emery 7 July 2023 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      Absolutely agree Jim. And I will get to my submission via the Daily Dec very soon. I am practicing on improving , my skill in the area of temperance – in the written word.

  2. Kaylene Emery 7 July 2023 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    OK my submission is completed and sent with a minimum of intemperance , actually none .
    Impressive tool CD and very helpful to one as computer challenged as I …….once was, but improving daily.

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