The Salamanca Declaration

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The Salamanca Declaration is a joint statement by each of Tasmania's major heads of Churches and Christian Networks and which affirms that all human life is sacred, that we are all endowed with the liberty to worship God and have our consciences informed by our faith in God, and that the marriage between a man and woman is the best home environment to raise children and to leave a legacy for our State.

Seeking the common good of all Tasmanians, we put forward these points of agreement, that -


All human life is precious and the sanctity of life should be upheld regardless of race, gender, age, religion or stage of development because every human being is endowed by our Creator with equal and inherent dignity.



Every person has the right to worship God individually and in a faith community. The worshipper has this liberty as a God-given freedom. It entails freedom of conscience, and freedom to speak, gather, worship and generally act in accordance with the beliefs of their faith community. Those with religious convictions share the common democratic liberties which guarantee the freedom to publish, express, or proclaim their views in order to help shape our democracy.


A family is a God-given privilege which establishes an invaluable legacy for those involved and for the benefit of society generally. It is best embodied in the birth and development of children within a stable, loving home built around the marriage of a mother and father, and supported by the wider community.

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Charter Signatories to the declaration include-

The Most Reverend Adrian L. Doyle, A.M., D.D. Catholic Archbishop of Hobart  
Rt. Rev'd. John Harrower Anglican Bishop of Tasmania  
Rt. Rev. David Jones Moderator of The Presbyterian Church of Australia  
Rev. John Smith Superintendent of the Baptist Union of Tasmania  
Dr. Andrew Corbett The Acts 2 Alliance  
Mr Eric Lockett Baptist Union of Tasmania  
Ps. Peter Shurley President of The Australian Christian Churches in Tasmania  
Ps. Richard Guy Apostolic Church of Australia in Tasmania  
Ps. Lucas Jacometti Christian City Churches of Tasmania  
Rev. Campbell Markham Convener of Church and Nation Committee, Presbyterian Church of Tasmania  
Ps. Greg Jones CRC Churches in Tasmania  
And the following Senior Church Leaders-    
Rev. Will Briggs Senior Associate Priest, St. David's Cathedral  
Ps. Tim O'Neill New Directions Community Church, Launceston  
Ps. Peter Hewitt Free Life Christian Church, Launceston  
Ps. John De Bruyn The Rock Church, Penguin  
Capt. Kevin Lumb Launceston Salvation Army Corp  

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1. The sanctity of Life.

2. The Liberty to express our faith in and worship of God.

3. The Legacy that a marriage between a man and woman leaves: children.

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