ORGANISERS have been left scrambling to find a location for the World Congress of Families conference scheduled for Saturday after the hosting venue responded to public outcry by cancelling its booking.
After previously announcing it was “reviewing” plans to hire out the venue to the World Congress of Families (WCF), Aurora Receptions in Brunswick today told the Star Observer the booking had been cancelled.
This is the third venue change for the event, which has attracted enormous public anger over the WCF’s anti-gay and anti-abortion stances, and a conference session linking abortion to breast cancer.
Despite the outcry, a number of high-profile state and federal politicians are set to attend Saturday’s conference, including federal welfare minister Kevin Andrews (pictured), who will give the opening address.
Victorian attorney-general Robert Clark is also set to attend.
Large protests by a number of activist groups are also expected on the day, with plans to blockade the yet-to-be-determined venue to prevent conference participants from entering.