Key stakeholders from the gay and lesbian community are optimistic about the outcome of the National Human Rights Consultation, as the final report is handed to the Federal Attorney-General.
The National Human Rights Consultation Committee last week finalised its report into the possibility of a Human Rights Act, for deliberation by Attorney-General Robert McClelland.
“The committee heard much about issues relating to the LGBT community,” Australian Coalition for Equality spokesman Corey Irlam told Sydney Star Observer.
“We would like  to see those views strongly and fairly represented in their report,” including “a succinct discussion about the issues raised surrounding federal anti-discrimination laws and equal marriage laws, as well as a strong statement on protecting all human rights through some form of charter.”
According to Irlam, it is too early to tell which way the committee will swing on any of these issues, but the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby is hopeful there will be clear recommendations to protect and promote the rights of gay and lesbian Australians.
“We would like the committee to identify the need for a national Human Rights Act that would protect a broad range of rights, including the right to equality and the right to equal protection of the law without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the right of a child to be protected from all forms of discrimination on the basis of the sexual orientation of the child’s parents,” Lobby co-convenor Ben Keats said.
“Given there is currently no comprehensive federal Anti-Discrimination Act which covers discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the GLRL also recommended that the Federal Government enact legislation that addresses discrimination on basis of sexual orientation.”
The Lobby will meet with McClelland when the report is released, to discuss these matters as well as the prospect of developing a human rights education campaign.

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