Queensland’s Liberal National Party (LNP) has announced it will oppose civil union legislation put forward by Labor Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser.
LNP leader Campbell Newman said the party room had unanimously agreed to oppose the change because it was “rushed” and was nothing but a “political distraction”.
Newman has previously said he supports gay marriage but would not push for any law change.
“It’s simply because this is the run up to the state election,” Newman said in a statement issued after the party room meeting.
“This is a stunt and a distraction by a tired, 20-year-old Labor Government that has no plan to address cost of living pressures faced by Queenslanders.”
Premier Anna Bligh this morning said that she expected the civil union bill to be voted on before Christmas.
Blight, however, ruled out backing adoption rights for Queensland gay and lesbian couples despite her party’s calls for relationship equality.
“This was considered by the government in August 2009 and it was decided this would not go ahead,” Bligh told brisbanetimes.com.au in a brief statement last night.
Newman said Labor would have trouble getting the civil union bill through Parliament because MPs including Margaret Keech, Michael Choi and Phil Reeves would face electoral backlash if they supported civil unions.
“They represent electorates, I know, where people will be ringing them right now saying ‘what are you doing, you’re meant to be representing us’,” he said.