Federal Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis says if the Coalition is elected on August 21 it will introduce legislation to include sexual orientation and gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.

Speaking to Doug Pollard on Melbourne GLBTI radio station JOY94.9 this morning, Brandis said it was likely the change would occur in their first term of government.

“The Coalition believes that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation should be included among the categories of discrimination in federal legislation,” Brandis said.

“I’m going to stop short of making a commitment to it being in the first term only because you can never say what the legislative agenda will be.

“[But] I would fully expect it to be in our first term, it’s something I feel very strongly about and I think when Tony [Abbott] was on your show recently, I’ve reviewed the transcript of what he said, I don’t think he could be more unequivocal about what he said about it, so that’s a yes.”

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In an interview with JOY in March this year, Opposition leader Tony Abbott said he would give “in principle” support to federal anti-discrimination legislation if it was “good law”.

Brandis reiterated the Coalition’s opposition to same-sex marriage and said recommendations made in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Sex Files report on transgender issues would be “consider[ed] carefully”.

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