Information from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay


There are key issues at the forefront of the state and national agenda at present about which it is vitally important that we are all briefed.

Whilst these matters are in the political arena and have high media attention, they also touch central aspects of our faith, especially around the sacramentality and gift of life and marriage. I encourage you to read the letter below and to review the important key dates below:

24 August:
Bill to Redefine the Definition of Marriage:

As early as 7 November, a Bill to change the definition of Marriage by Law could be decided by Federal Parliament. In the lead-up to this decision, a postal survey will be undertaken across Australia to garner public views. This postal survey (which is not a vote, but an opinion poll), will reach your letterboxes from 12 September. It is important that every eligible voter though is accurately registered with the Australian Electoral Commission. Registration can occur no later than Thursday 24 August and can be done via

7 September:

Bill to Legalise Voluntary Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in NSW

The true mark of our humanity is witnessed in the steadfast care we give to those we love as they are dying. The New South Wales Parliament is looking to introduce on 14 September 2017 a private member’s Bill that will legalise voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. If this is accepted it would radically abandon our deep human commitment not to take someone’s life deliberately. It will have far reaching implications on many aspects of how we live safely and respectfully within our society. Please make your voice of opposition heard by the Legislative Council by signing a Petition available in your school. Petitions must be returned by Thursday 7 September, so please do not delay.

There is much at stake for the future of our society in these two developments. It is vital that we all make our voices heard and to exercise our right and power as citizens to shape the society we live in. Regularly updated Information, resources and links for both issues can be found on the Diocesan website

If you have concerns, or would like to speak to someone around further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Steven Buhagiar, Life , Family and Marriage : 9847 0502.

Please click here to read letter from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli.