New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has made an LGBTIQ rights pledge after gay MP Alex Greenwich quizzed the leader on his support for tackling discrimination.
Perrottet took the top job earlier this month after Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation. The self-described “proud conversative” faced backlash for his views on social issues.
Alex Greenwich asked the important question of Premier Perrottet, a conservative Catholic, in Parliament last week.
“Will you work with me to ensure the LGBTQI+ community is supported by your government and not discriminated against in New South Wales?” the independent MP asked.
Dominic Perrottet responded, “I said that I would serve every single person across New South Wales. And that is what I’ve always tried to do as a member of this government.
“And as Premier, that is what I will continue to do.”
Perrottet told Greenwich he would work with him “constructively to ensure that the LGBTI members of our community do feel supported, and do not face injustice in New South Wales.”
“I am a Liberal, and a fundamental aspect of being a Liberal, is understanding that governments should, as much as possible, stay out of people’s lives,” he said.
“Because we believe that a strong society is not the product of a government or programs, but a product of flourishing families and individuals, communities and businesses across our state.
“Human flourishing is only possible when the inherent dignity of everyone in our society is recognised and affirmed.”
This week in Parliament I asked the new Premier to work with me to ensure the LGBTIQA+ community is supported and not discriminated against in NSW law.
I welcome his commitment to this. pic.twitter.com/1tftQL2eLi
— Alex Greenwich MP (@AlexGreenwich) October 14, 2021
NSW Parliament to consider bills with ‘real implications’ for LGBTIQ people
Earlier this month, the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby urged Premier Perrottet to consult with them on LGBTIQ issues.
This is vital, co-convener Jack Whitney explained, because draft bills currently before the parliament have “real implications” for the community.
“We hope that [Premier] Perrottet leads with an open mind and heart,” Whitney said.
“Many of the Bills before parliament have real implications for the community.
“Our priorities are to update the anti-discrimination act, banning conversion therapy, stopping the One Nation Education Bill and protecting all groups from discrimination.
“We invite Perrottet to work with us and protect all of us, and implement meaningful reform.”
The NSW government recently committed to passing laws to ban religious discrimination in NSW.
However any law change would come after the Morrison Government passes its long-delayed federal Religious Discrimination Bill.
LGBTIQ advocates warn a draft bill put forward by One Nation’s Mark Latham on that issue goes too far and NSW MPs should reject it.
Mark Latham has also introduced a separate education bill targeting trans youth and schools’ support of them.
That “discriminatory and cruel” bill has caused widespread outrage. But it’s attracted support from some Coalition and Labor MPs in the state.
However the New South Wales government as a whole hasn’t yet declared a party position on Latham’s legislation.
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