Australian Christians Senate candidate Vickie Janson is concerned that Jim Wallace’s comments, presented as an extreme and callous attack on homosexuals, is in itself a little callous. "The Age reports that he was comparing the many struggles gay and lesbian Australians endure with the ill effects of smoking, and yet he was clearly attempting to illustrate that it is irresponsible not to warn people of the serious health issues that disproportionately affect this community; issues like HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhoea, hepatitis A,B and C, shigella, human papillomavirus and anal cancer.
"A 2009 Canadian report also noted sexually active gay and bi-sexual men have frequent exposure to papillomavirus and this may contribute to the high rates of head, throat and neck cancers among this community. Perhaps we should care enough about our fellow Australians to be honest about these concerns identified by our medical fraternity.
"And perhaps our Prime Minister shouldn’t dismiss evidence-based statements that may educate Australians as being ‘totally unacceptable’. Once again all critical inquiry and academic integrity is sacrificed for an ideology that forbids any dissenting intellectual honesty.
"Our PM has opted ‘not to speak’ with the Christian community who care that young Australians get the facts and assistance they need to meet these challenges. So who's being extreme?"
Australian Christians is the new federal political party with the goal of representing the values and concerns of the 2.7 million Christian Australians who attend church once a month or more, and others who identify with those concerns.
P: 0411 298 464