The Queensland Parliament will debate Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser’s Civil Partnerships bill as soon as tomorrow night, with a vote expected the next morning.
The Liberal National Party (LNP) has indicated that all 31 of their MPs will vote against the bill along with six out of seven independents and minor party MPs.
If all the independents and Katter’s Australia Party MPs vote against the bill it will still pass so long as no more than six Labor MPs cross the floor to oppose it.
Healthy Communities executive director Paul Martin (pictured) has called on supporters to contact their local MPs to show support for the bill.
“We only have two days left to change Queensland for the better,” Martin wrote in an email sent out earlier today.
“The Civil Partnerships Bill will be voted on in the Queensland Parliament this coming Wednesday night. The vote will be tight, with only one or two votes in it. Your support can make all the difference, if you act now.”
“Please email or preferably call your local MP to show your support for the Bill. Some MPs have claimed that they have not heard from anyone in their electorate and so don’t see the need to vote in favour of it. Even if your local member is in the LNP, it is still important to register your support for the Bill and for wider LGBT issues.”
Contact details for Queensland state MPs can be found at www.parliament.qld.gov.au/en/members/current/list