GetUp has called on Andrews to publicly condemn the practice.
Google had lost its rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index over the company’s refusal to remove the app, which Amazon, Apple and Microsoft all removed from sale last year.
The NSW government is “on the same page” as the Victorian government, according to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, who said he would monitor the enactment of the ban over the next year.
Writing for the Star Observer, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews champions the state’s Australian-first ban on the “cruel practice” of gay conversion therapy.
“We’re banning these practices forever and for good.”
“Every moment that this app remains at Google’s online store, vulnerable LGBT teenagers can download it, so time is of the essence.”
“I expect many individuals and organisations will pull out of the Auckland Pride Parade and I don’t blame them.”
“The thing is, there are bodies piled up out the back of conversion therapy camps, because of the list of kids who have committed suicide.”
“We know when conversion practices are performed on children they are a form of child abuse. We have to do something to protect our kids.”