Queer advocates stated that Labor appeared to have “backtracked” after proposing to abandon a commitment to strengthening legal protections for the LGBTQ+ community.
A meeting draft of changes to Work’s public stage, delivered for this present week, proposes to eliminate a responsibility from the 2021 stage to “reinforce regulations and grow drives against segregation, criticism and badgering based on sexual direction, orientation personality or sex qualities”.
“Labor will work closely with LGBTQ+ Australians and advocates to develop policy that meets the specific needs of the community to ensure equality with broader Australian society,” according to LGBTQ+ advocate Alastair Lawrie, will replace the clause.
He stated, “This clause is so standard and uninteresting as to be almost meaningless.”
Lawrie said that the draft for the 2023 consultation still said that religion-based vilification, discrimination, and threats of violence would not be tolerated. Inciting hatred in the public sphere is considered vilification.
Advocates have raised the alarm, despite Labor’s assertion that the draft is only for consultation and that the platform will not be finalized until its conference in August.
Anna Brown, the executive director of Equality Australia, stated that it was “disappointing that Labor appears to have backtracked” at a time when “horrifying public displays of anti-trans hate and an escalation in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and violence” were taking place.
“Numerous LGBTQ+ individuals face everyday badgering, especially on the web, basically for being what their identity is,” she said. ” As per a new report, one out of three LGBTQ+ individuals had encountered boisterous attack while nearly a quarter had encountered badgering, for example, being spat at or hostile signals.”
According to Brown, “laws should protect all of us, equally,” and LGBTQ+ individuals ought to receive “the same protections as people of faith,” which should include a clause that prohibits vilification. I hope this is reflected in Labor’s final policy document.
Lawrie stated that it is “difficult to comprehend why previous ALP support for vilification protections has been axed in the current political climate.” She cited anti-transgender activists and neo-Nazis rallying on the steps of the Victorian parliament, Mark Latham, and escalating threats of violence against local councils that host drag storytime events.
Source – Theguardian