Consistent with my strong belief in equality, I stand for the rights and interests of the LGBTQI+ people of Goldstein and Australia-wide.

 

At times, there have been divisive and hurtful things said and discussed in Federal Parliament under the guise of policy debate, so I want to make clear my stance on this theme.

My key federal priorities for these communities are:

  • Robust protection of the rights of LGBTIQA+ teachers and children (and children of LGBTIQA+ parents) at religious schools and in health-care settings
  • Enact laws at the Federal level outlawing ‘conversion’ practices based on current best practice (e.g., Victoria)
  • This would involve the implementation of a Federally legislated ban on conversion therapy
  • Audit all federal laws to ensure full coverage of all of LGBTIQA+
  • Recognise and fill inclusion of LGBTIQA+ needs in services and research. This includes:
  • Family, including intimate partner violence
  • Emergency and crisis housing
  • Aged care
  • Mental health
  • The position of a federal LGBTIQA+ Commissioner, within the Human Rights Commission, should be established in law, and an appointment made within a set period of no more than six months from the next federal election.
  • I do not support the Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination Bill.
  • I do not support the so-called Save Women’s Sport Bill to exclude trans women.

My general principles are as follows:

  • The LGBTIQA+ communities are diverse and have diverse needs.
  • Work on issues affecting one community must be led by individuals and organisations specific to those communities; other communities should be allies and be guided by that community.
  • Progress for one or more communities is never to happen at the expense of one or more of the other communities.
  • Issues should be resolved with full equality and respect resulting in agreed win-win solutions.
  • Every Australian has a right to live without fear of discrimination, the right to establish a loving family, the right to bodily autonomy, and to live fully and achieve their potential as their authentic self with regard to their gender and sexual identity.
  • As The Diversity Council states, ‘Although an incredibly important step for LGBTIQ+ equality in Australia, it’s important to recognise that marriage equality was not the final point in the fight for equal treatment for LGBTIQ+ before the law and in the workplace.
  • ‘LGBTIQ+ people still experience harassment and discrimination at higher levels than the broader community, including at work.’
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