With an election date of August 21 confirmed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, GLBTI voters will be shopping around for the candidates most sympathetic to their wants and aspirations.

Candidates who are openly gay will be of major interest to community members, and one such candidate is policeman and ACON board member Wes Bas who has been selected the NSW candidate for the Senator Online Party (SOL).

Bas told Sydney Star Observer he was excited by the opportunity and looking forward to the campaign.

“It’s a bit surreal going from full time employment with the police to now, running as a candidate for the Federal Election,” he said. “I’m very excited but obviously there will be a lot of work ahead for me in the next five weeks.”

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Meanwhile, the LGBT Health Alliance has released its 2010 Federal Election National Survey, with parties to lodge responses in the coming weeks.

The Alliance is calling on parties to commit to developing a joint national plan to address the health and wellbeing needs of GLBTI Australians and to fund the National LGBT Health Alliance as a non-government peak body for LGBT health and community services.

The Alliance is also calling for action on a range of GLBTI health issues such as access, equity and inclusion; ageing; sex and gender diversity; mental health and Federal anti-discrimination protection.

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