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Marriage Equality

Legislative Council Rejects Weakened Anti-Discrimination Laws

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. 

Anti-Discrimination Act Changes Must be Ditched

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Federal Labor's decision to join the Australian Greens in rejecting the proposed national plebiscite on marriage equality now leaves the Hodgman Government with no basis for proceeding with changes to Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

The plebiscite Bill will fail in the Senate, and given that it was the spark for divisive and damaging changes to State anti-discrimination law, Premier Hodgman should have the courage to withdraw the Bill.

Hodgman Abandons LGBTI Tasmanians and other Groups to Risk of Hate Speech

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Premier demonstrated his weakness and the utter hypocrisy of his Party today.

On the one hand he was speaking against sexist language at the launch of a report into the impact of family violence on children, while on the other, tabling an amendment Bill which will give license to hurtful and hateful language.

The irony is almost sickening. 


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