Breakfast With a Twist: Religious Freedom Bill Panel

Breakfast with a Twist Religious Freedom Bill Panel

Pride Business Network (PBN) will devote their 14 September Breakfast With a Twist to a panel discussion on upcoming federal government legislation. The Religious Freedom Bill Panel will feature community leaders and political figures in addition to open discussion of the bill.

PBN President Richard Bakker said members of the organisation expressed an interest in learning more about the issue.

“This bill will impact on all of our lives, so we want to know more of the detail. We have invited speakers who can provide thoughtful analysis and further insight into the legislation.”

Queensland Council for LGBTI Health President and community activist Peter Black will chair the Religious Freedom Bill Panel. Joining Peter will be Director of Page Provan, lawyer and activist, Stephen Page. PFLAG+ President Jane Hopkins will also take part and discuss the particular relevance of the proposed bill to the education sector.

Federal candidates

Richard Bakker said PBN extended invitations to various federal political representatives as well as candidates in the upcoming federal election.

Federal Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans extended sincere apologies, unable to attend because of pre-existing commitments in the Northern Territory on that date. In addition to his electoral responsibilities, Trevor serves as Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management.

However, both Labor and Greens candidates for Brisbane will attend the breakfast.

Stephen Bates, from the Greens, has worked in retail and hospitality his entire adult life. Stephen describes that kind of work experience as ‘common in our community, but rare in our Parliament’.

Labor’s candidate, working mum Madonna Jarrett is a business professional with decades of private sector experience. She says she lends her voice to policy forums ‘in an effort to build a better future’.

Breakfast With a Twist: Religious Freedom Bill Panel takes place on Tuesday 14 September from 7 am at the Brunswick Hotel. Tickets are $25, inclusive of breakfast and coffee.

Get your ticket here.

As a film crew will record the panel discussion, PBN asks the camera shy to request seating out of camera range.

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