The Rees Government won’t deny a reported deal with Rev Fred Nile to scuttle same-sex adoption reforms in exchange for passing key legislation through the upper house.

Nile confirmed he met with Premier Nathan Rees this month and lobbied against gay law reform. Rees, however, did not. The premier doesn’t comment on private meetings, the Premier’s spokeswoman told Sydney Star Observer.

Community Services minister Linda Burney, who is in favour of the reforms, secured an upper house inquiry into the issue.

That inquiry is underway. We are following due process and the minister hopes to see the final report soon, Burney’s spokeswoman said. She declined to comment on a deal with Nile.

The final report on same-sex adoption was delayed awaiting an appeal after the Administrative Decisions Tribunal found Wesley Mission had discriminated against same-sex foster parents.

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