ROLLING back abortion laws is high on Michael Keane’s agenda if he is elected to the region’s upper house next week.
The Rise Up Australia Party candidate was on the campaign trial yesterday to promote the controversial group led by firebrand evangelical minister Danny Nalliah.
Mr Keane was originally a Labor Party member and later joined Democratic Labour (DLP) but decided recently to switch camps again to the RUAP.
The 61-year-old said he wanted to restore family values to parliament and highlight what he called “Victoria’s torturous abortion laws”.
“We need to bring back traditional values into our parliament and into our public life,” the Wyndham Vale resident said.
“People do not realise how appalling our abortion laws are and the terrible things that they permit.
“The pro-abortion side say that a foetus is just part of the female body, that it can be discarded, but our party believes in standing up for the rights of the unborn.”
Former Warrnambool mayor Frank McCarthy has endorsed Mr Keane ahead of the state election.
Mr Keane originally worked for the Postmaster General’s (PMG) department in Melbourne before returning to study at the Coburg State Teachers College.
He served as a school teacher for roughly two decades, operated a small business and later worked as an electorate officer for Democratic Labor MP Peter Kavanagh.
RUAP was formed three years ago by Mr Nalliah, who is outspoken in his opposition towards multiculturalism.
Mr Nalliah courted controversy following comments made after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires where he claimed the event occurred due to “a flash from the spirit of God: that His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb”.