“Not a nose piercing’ Opposition to Tassie conversion ban


Conversion ban nose piercing

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is urging the Tasmanian govt to reconsider a conversion ban. “We are not talking about a nose piercing.”

Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff recently stated his government will follow Queensland, the ACT, and Victoria in outlawing conversion ‘therapy’. However, a petition promoted by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) urges the government to reconsider the conversion ban.

Advocates for a conversion ban previously launched a petition following the release of a Tasmanian Law Reform Institute report recommending government action.

Tasmanian survivor Glenn Worrell recently told QNews about his experiences undergoing conversion practices.

However, the ACL is attempting to stop the conversion ban. Of course, the lobby needs a cause to make noise about. They no doubt still feel the pain of their previously powerful LNP buddies being tossed out of government.

Tasmanian director of the ACL, Christopher Brohier, said the organisation “does not support any coercive or abusive practice.

“But…” There’s always a ‘but’ with this mob.

“But there’s no evidence that’s occurring. This is legitimate care and counselling.

“If a person wants to have genuine client-led therapy, that should be their right. The state shouldn’t be telling them ‘No, you can only have one sort of therapy’.”

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ACL member Karen Dickson launched the petition. She said she “did not want to see our young people fast-tracked down a path they shouldn’t be on.

“To say that affirmation is the only response is terrifying…

“[The proposed conversion ban] would squash any opposition to a kid wanting to go down a [gender reassignment] treatment road.”

Dickson said parents should be able to say, ‘Let’s stop and explore the issues’.

“We are not talking about a nose piercing. If we don’t, as parents, have the right to be able to openly discuss the issues with young people, then how are we helping our kids?”

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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