Dr Lachlan Dunjey was the Senate candidate for the Christian Democratic Party at the 2004 federal election and was eliminated at the final step, the last seat going to the Greens candidate.
Lachlan also stood for the upper House of the Western Australian state parliament in the region of Agriculture in February 2005 and surprised everyone – including himself – by almost getting elected. He was several hundred votes ahead in the week after the election but finally went down by approximately 180 votes in an electorate of 95,000.
Lachlan has served the people of WA for 42 years in his medical practice. His involvement in Mental Health and Ethics extends throughout the State, speaking in all major centres on topics of depression, suicide prevention, the dying and bereaved, child sexual abuse, prevention of infidelity, and stress. One special interest and justification for standing for the region of Agriculture was to lessen the blight of country depression and suicide by seeking more resources for rural areas and helping to redress the imbalance of mental health funding between city and rural.
Lachlan is passionate about building a Culture of Life and about protecting the children of today and tomorrow.
Lachlan was President of Baptist Churches of WA in 1989/90. He was Chairman for fifteen years, and for five of those years also Acting Director, of Pathways – the Baptist Counselling Service of WA. A committed campaigner for the intrinsic value of all human life, which he regards as being the most significant ethical issue of the 21st century, he played an important part in lobbying State parliamentarians in 1998 at the height of the abortion bill. In the last two years he has been instrumental in writing letters signed by church leaders to Federal and WA State Members of Parliament on the issue of embryo destruction in stem-cell research. He is married to Liz and they celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary in 2010. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.