LABOR SECURES IMPORTANT CONCESSIONS ON SAFEGUARDS BILL - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

LABOR SECURES IMPORTANT CONCESSIONS ON SAFEGUARDS BILL

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR JUSTICE

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

LABOR SECURES IMPORTANT CONCESSIONS ON SAFEGUARDS BILL

Labor remains steadfastly opposed to the government’s wasteful, hurtful $122 million postal survey on marriage equality – which we’ve already seen has inflicted hurt and suffering on vulnerable LGBTI Australians and their families.

Now it is clear we cannot stop the survey from going ahead, we have to do all we can to minimise its impact.

Over the past few days, Labor has secured important concessions from the government that prohibit vilification and hate speech being a part of this process.

Let’s be clear – this safeguards bill does not in any way legitimise this survey process, which has been foisted upon Australians at a massive cost.

It does not cancel out the hurt that is already being felt.

We will continue to call out any hurtful and divisive speech and stand with the LGBTI community throughout this survey process – and continue to hold Prime Minister Turnbull responsible for it.

Once again we urge all Australians, and both sides of this debate, to conduct themselves with kindness and with grace while this survey is ongoing.

Together, we can win this.

 

TUESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: JOANNA HEATH 0427 915 633

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