Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader
In a victory for a just, fair, kind Tasmania, the Legislative Council has rejected the Hodgman Liberals' divisive attempt to weaken the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in the lead up to the postal survey on marriage equality.
LGBTI Tasmanians, their families and friends will breathe a huge sigh of relief that State law will continue to provide them with strong protection as the national marriage equality debate ramps up.
The failure of this legislation points to a failure of Will Hodgman's leadership.
He didn't have the courage to resist this push from the hardline conservatives in his party room, and allowed nasty legislation to be drafted, debated and ultimately, defeated.
The Premier could repair some of the fear this legislation has caused and his self-inflicted political wounds by strongly advocating for a respectful debate and a yes vote for marriage equality in the postal survey.