The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) has withdrawn its support for Bob Katter’s Australian Party due to its recent homophobic television advertisements and threats to repeal the current civil unions legislation.

QCU president John Battams said individual KAP candidates were yesterday given an opportunity to reject the party’s policy to repeal same-sex unions.

“Already two candidates have indicated their support for the current civil unions legislation and we would call on other Katter party candidates to do the same,” he said.

“The QCU supports legislative reforms that enable fair access and rights to the legal and social recognition established by civil unions. The Civil Partnerships Act 2011 is a good example of action taken by governments that believe in equality.”

Battams made the announcement at a civil unions celebration breakfast in Mt Coot-tha, where a same-sex couple highlighted how repealing civil unions legislation would also endanger their rights at work.

Shannon Michaels said the current civil unions laws gave her partner financial security if Michaels was hurt or killed at work.

“If these laws are repealed then any certainty my partner had of receiving my super or compensation payments disappears. It’s unfair and an attack on our civil and workplace rights,” she said.

Battams said the party’s television advertisements had caused considerable distress in the union movement, which had prompted the QCU’s change in position.

“The QCU and its affiliated unions, representing more than 350,000 Queensland workers and their families, totally rejects the misleading and homophobic depiction of same-sex couples in these advertisements.”


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