A CROSS-party Parliamentary Friends of the LGBTI Community could be established in the next term of Victorian Parliament.
Liberal MP for Prahran Clem-Newton Brown announced at an LGBTI community forum on Thursday night he planned to establish the group if elected in the November state election.
A similar group was set up by Leichhardt federal Coalition MP Warren Entsch with the support of Labor and the Greens in 2011 to advocate for LGBTI issues within Federal Parliament, and Newton-Brown hopes a Victorian group would seek a similar bipartisan approach to issues.
“I invite my colleagues in the Labor Party and the Greens to join me in setting up a Friends of the LGBTI Community in the Victorian Parliament,” he told the Star Observer.
“I recognise that politicians from all parties work to achieve results for the LGBTI community and I think our best work can be done by setting aside the political rivalries and focusing on issues and outcomes.”
The announcement came at a “meet the politicians” event run by LGBTI business and networking organisation GLOBE to discuss community issues in the lead-up to the November 29 state election.
Often considered the spiritual home of Melbourne’s gay community, the marginal electorate of Prahran has been held by Newton-Brown since 2010.