Independent Queensland MP Rob Messenger (pictured) has released a draft of his private members bill to repeal the state’s civil unions legislation.
The Civil Partnerships Repeal Bill was uploaded to Messenger’s website today and challenges Liberal National Party (LNP) leader Campbell Newman to allow his party’s members a conscience vote on the legislation.
“If re-elected, I will present my Civil Partnerships Repeal Bill to the new parliament and will ask that Mr Newman put aside his personal support for gay marriage and allow a conscience vote for all LNP members,” Messenger said.
Newman has previously said he would not repeal the legislation if a civil partnership had been registered and formalised in Queensland before the next election.
Messenger described the original Civil Partnerships Bill as an “abhorrent piece of legislation” during debate in state Parliament.