Diversity Isn't Garbage, Senator Anning's Speech is - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Diversity Isn't Garbage, Senator Anning's Speech Is

Last night, Senator Anning showed what he and Katter’s Australia Party really stand for.

Not only did he advocate for a return to the White Australia policy, and emulate Nazi dogma, he attacked gender diverse and young LGBTIQ Australians.

In what can only be described as a disgusting and disgraceful attack on diversity and inclusion, Senator Anning described gender fluidity and the Safe Schools program as ‘garbage’.

It is unacceptable that, in 2018, a member of the Parliament of Australia thinks that it’s acceptable to denigrate some of society’s most vulnerable people.

16 per cent of young LGBTIQ people have attempted suicide, and that figure rises to 48 per cent in trans and gender nonconforming people.

Senator Anning’s comments do nothing to help these numbers.

Safe Schools is not garbage. Gender fluidity is not garbage. Preaching hate and bigotry is.

**For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Other services include Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467, Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800, MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 **

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018

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