NSW MP Alex Greenwich creating omnibus Equality Bill ahead of WorldPride


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Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich will introduce a discrimination-busting omnibus Equality Bill to his state’s parliament ahead of Sydney’s WorldPride festival next year.

Greenwich, who is gay, announced he’d start months of “multi-partisan” and stakeholder consultation on the new reform legislation.

“The equality bill will be ready in time for both Sydney WorldPride, when the whole world is watching, and also the next state election,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The WorldPride mega-festival will take over Sydney in February and March, coinciding with the 45th Mardi Gras. The NSW state election is due around the same time.

Alex Greenwich explains Equality Bill proposal

Alex Greenwich explained among the areas of state law he’d address was outlawing harmful so-called “conversion therapy” practices.

The legislation would also outlaw discrimination against teachers and students and modernise birth certificate laws to benefit transgender people.

Greenwich’s bill will also seek to outlaw unnecessary, non-consensual surgeries on intersex people.

The Sydney MP said the establishment of a Minister for Equality in New South Wales was also part of his proposal.

Greenwich said he will hold multi-partisan and stakeholder consultation on the proposed equality bill until July 1.

He plans to unveil the draft legislation by the end of the year.

New South Wales ‘falling behind’ on LGBTIQ+ law reform

Equality Australia applauded Alex Greenwich’s proposal. CEO Anna Brown called on all NSW parliamentarians to unite to remove LGBTIQ+ discrimination from state law.

“Every person in our state deserves to live free from discrimination, and be protected from harm, no matter who they are or whom they love,” Brown said.

“But in NSW, our communities are still subjected to so-called conversion ‘therapy’.

“Trans people still face cruel and unnecessary barriers to accessing accurate identity documents.

“Doctors are still performing unnecessary medical procedures on intersex people without their consent.

“And private schools and religious organisations are still able to sack, expel or deny service to LGBTQ+ people.”

Anna Brown said New South Wales was falling behind other states on LGBTIQ+ law reform.

“The world’s eyes will be on our states’ record as we host Sydney WorldPride 2023,” she said.

“Reforms like this can only succeed with multi-partisan support.

“We call on the NSW government and opposition to work with LGBTIQ+ people to progress full equality for our communities.”

Earlier this week, the New South Wales government was applauded for rejecting an anti-transgender education bill from One Nation’s Mark Latham.

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