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Liberals Weakening Anti-Discrimination Laws

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday, 14 September 2016, Cassy O'Connor MP


That the House:—

(1)           Notes the Liberal Government's plan to weaken Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Act ahead of the divisive possible plebiscite on marriage equality that has sent shudders of fear through Tasmania's LGBTI community.

(2)           Acknowledges Tasmania's Equal Opportunities Commissioner was not consulted on the changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act.

(3)           Understands that the Liberal Government only gave stakeholders and members of the public one week to make comment on the proposed weakening of our anti-discrimination laws.

(4)           Notes:-

(a)           that the Tasmanian Council of Social Services is a peak body that represents 300 community sector organisations; and

(b)           Notes the comments of TasCOSS CEO, Kym Goodes, who said, "This is such an important amendment and it is just not the sort of amendment that we would like to see go through Parliament without the opportunity for people in the community sector and people in the community to have the opportunity to have some input".

(6)           Condemns the Hodgman Liberal Government for their plans to weaken the Anti-Discrimination Act, rush consultation and ignore community concerns in the process.