September 10, 2008 Leave a comment
As a Christian I believe that we should be involved in Politics as we can keep the focus on issues that impact those around us. We are called to be a light to this dark world and I believe that we can be that light through arenas such as politics.
However when the Christian political party end up self destructing as the Christian Democratic Party in NSW is doing at present then we are not able to impact those around us, as we look no better then them or in this case much worse.
Christian soldiers at war
The fact that this is being played out in the public eye or via dueling email list does no one especially God any favours. and what is happening in the CDP at present is a big reason why I can not become involved with them.
This was in relation to an earlier article on crikey.com.au on this.
Walter Vanderpoll, CDP NSW State Manager/Director, writes: Re. “Re. “Fred Nile’s coup inside Christian Democrats” (Monday, item 10). Your article regarding Fred Nile and the CDP NSW Annual Convention needs some corrections:
1. Under the original CDP NSW Constitution (dated 2001 and amended in 2006), the NSW State President, Rev Fred Nile, has always been entitled to remain the State President until he resigns or dies.
2. Rev Dr Gordon Moyes declined to accept his Jnr Deputy President nomination at
the CDP NSW AGM so it was his choice to not stand for election to the CDP NSW Management Committee.
3. Ken Gregory is still the CDP National Secretary and Party Agent, he was just legitimately and democratically defeated for the new CDP NSW Secretary position by Elwyn Sheppard (previously CDP “Minutes” Secretary for 3-4 years).
4. In recognition of his great service to the CDP, Ken Gregory was the proud recipient of one of the 10 inaugural FLAD Awards (Faith, Loyalty and Dedication Awards) at the CDP Convention Gala Dinner.
5. Arie Baalbergen was legitimately and democratically defeated by Michael Darby, the new CDP NSW Treasurer.
6. John Phillips declined his nomination to the CDP NSW Management Committee at the CDP NSW AGM after not receiving a seconder for his nomination.
7. Phil Lamb, the previous CDP NSW State Director, unexpectedly resigned from the CDP after serving only four years of his five-year contract, to join the National Party as their new NSW State Director back in February 2008 and this was six months before the CDP NSW Convention.
8. Ben Carpentier, the previous CDP NSW Office Manager, resigned of his own accord from CDP NSW, after far less than 12 months with the CDP and he left on 17/7/2008 and this was also well before the CDP NSW Convention.
9. Fred Nile is actually only 73 years young, has 27+ years of legislative experience, improves most bills in parliament and has served longer than anyone in the current NSW Parliament.
10. “Fred Nile Group” is a registered addendum to the CDP’s name.
I do agree that the CDP as a party need more voices inside it that can be heard. If Fred does not start grooming people under him to have a voice of their own, when he does retire and he will eventually as he will be close to 80 at the next election then the party he started will become as relevant as the australian democrats became. How many people will vote for someone who will be 80 the next time they stand for an 8 year term.
Both Gordon and Fred need to stop this squabble now and start working together to ensure that the party has a future and will actually start to make a true christian difference in NSW