Just.Equal Australia today welcomed yesterday’s election result saying Australia enjoys a unique opportunity to move forward on LGBTIQA+ human rights.
The group says the defeat of a Liberal Party that devised the discriminatory Religious Discrimination Bill, the thumping defeat of anti-transgender candidate, Katherine Deves, as well as the victory of Green, teal and independent candidates with strong commitments to LGBTIQA+ equality, all show Australia wants an end to LGBTIQA+ discrimination.
Earlier today, spokesperson Sally Golder described the true winners as equality, inclusion and acceptance for LGBTIQA+ Australians.
“Like many Australians, we are relieved the discriminatory Religious Discrimination Bill is now off the table.
“We welcome the election of teal, Green, independent, Liberal and Labor candidates who opposed this Bill and who support greater equality and inclusion for LGBTIQA+ people.
“We also welcome the failed election bids of anti-trans candidate, Katherine Deves, and perpetual opponent of LGBTIQA+ equality, Eric Abetz.”
However, Sally Golder also noted the organisation’s disappointment at the defeat of moderate allies within the Liberal Party.
“Post-election the Liberal Party will need to demonstrate that it values our community.”
Labor’s sometimes ambiguous LGBTIQA+ policies
Just.Equal spokesperson Rodney Croome said Labor went to the election with modest and sometimes ambiguous LGBTIQA+ policies.
“We look forward to Labor protecting LGBTIQA+ students from discrimination by faith-based schools, but it did not offer the same protections for teachers, which is something we will campaign for.
“We will also be pressing Labor to protect young people with variations of sex characteristics from unnecessary, non-consenting medical interventions, to provide more resources to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ people, to ensure Medicare covers the costs of gender affirmation, and to remove the current gay, bisexual and transgender blood bans.
“These and other priorities were identified in our LGBTIQA+ election survey which we will now use as our blueprint for LGBTIQA+ reform under an Albanese Government.”
The Just.Equal survey found the most pressing issues include:
- removing exemptions allowing faith-based organisations to discriminate against LGBTIQA+ staff, students and clients
- improving LGBTIQA+ school safety and inclusion
- establishing LGBTIQA+ policy groups in relevant government agencies
- a national LGBTIQA+mental health strategy
- LGBTIQA+ inclusion in the Census
- removal of the gay, bi and trans blood ban
Rodney Croome also expressed disappointment at the lack of federal progress on LGBTIQA+ equality apart from marriage equality over the past decade.
“We now have a unique opportunity to change that and move forward.”
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