Gay and lesbian activists were invited to attend the Attorney-General’s forum on domestic human rights on Tuesday, but broke away during a break to pressure the Coalition on its equality reform delays.

A group walked from the forum in Old Parliament House to seek an audience with the Opposition leader Brendan Nelson.

If Dr Nelson is genuinely committed to his stated principle that -˜no Australian should pay a dollar more in tax or receive a dollar less in social security by virtue of his or her sexuality’ he should publicly commit his party to passage of this legislation by the end of June, Australian Coalition for Equality spokesperson Rodney Croome said.

A letter signed by eight human rights organisations was delivered to Nelson’s office asking for a public response by Friday 13 June.

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