Queensland’s controversial rollback of civil union ceremonies has shown a worrying trend for LGBTI rights across conservative state governments, state Labor MP Martin Foley has said.
The Albert Park MP said many LGBTI activists were rightly concerned about reformist bills being “hijacked” by conservatives for further rollback.
Foley highlighted changes the Victorian Liberal-National Government made to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act last year that allowed religious organisations to discriminate on the grounds of sexuality and gender diversity.
“The community should be under no illusion that despite the occasional pink-friendly incarnations of Liberal MPs, their track record shows them to be a roadblock on the way to building a human rights framework for equality for our LGBTI citizens,” he said.
NSW Liberal premier Barry O’Farrell allowed a conscience vote on a marriage equality motion in Parliament’s Upper House last month.