C+ Report Card for first year of Labor govt

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Australian LGBTIQA+ Advocacy group Just.Equal’s Report Card for the first year of the Albanese Labor Government gives the federal Labor Government a score of just C+.

Just.Equal says in that first year, the Albanese Government passed just one reform. (Protecting trans and intersex people from workplace discrimination under the Fair Work Act.)

It did also make two funding announcements in relation to health and international advocacy. (Both much less than required.)

Meanwhile, major reforms the Government previously promised, including counting LGBTIQA+ people in the Census, and inclusion and protections for LGBTIQA+ students and teachers, remain under consultation.

But there’s also a long list of reforms the Government isn’t considering.

Must do better

Just.Equal Australia spokespeople Sally Goldner and Brian Greig said the Government must do better if it wanted to improve on C+ in next year’s Report Card. They pointed out that a substantial number of LGBTIQA+ voters defected from Labor to the Greens at the last election.

Sally Goldner said Just.Equal welcomed the workplace protections for trans, gender diverse and intersex Australians.

“But the continued discrimination against LGBTIQA+ teachers and students in faith-based schools is something the Government should have passed laws against already.

“As for the continued culture war against trans and gender-diverse people, the Government has consistently failed to stand up for us.

“The one glimmer of hope for trans and gender diverse people is that the Government is considering Medicare rebates for gender-affirming health care.”

Brian Greig said the Albanese Government was doing the bare minimum to look better than the Dutton-led Coalition.

“But this is nowhere near enough to adequately address anti-LGBTIQA+ discrimination.

“A Just.Equal survey, released earlier this year found that Labor lost 1 in 5 LGBTIQA+ voters, mostly to the Greens, mostly because of Labor’s support for the previous government’s anti-LGBTIQA Religious Discrimination Bill.

“If Labor wants to win back disaffected LGBTIQA+ voters it must do more.”

Also: Rodney Croome on the potential for LGBTIQA+ progress under Albanese Government in 2023.

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Destiny Rogers

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