|Government blocks consideration of same-sex equality legislation|
|Democrats Deputy Leader, Senator Andrew Bartlett, has slammed the federal government for using its Senate majority to block a Senate Committee from examining legislation seeking to implement the recently completed Human Rights Commission report into discrimination against same-sex couples."The federal government repeatedly says it supports removing discrimination against same-sex couples, yet it repeatedly blocks every single effort by the Democrats to implement this basic principle in law," Senator Bartlett said.|
The Democrats introduced legislation into the Senate this week to put into the law the recommendations from the Human Rights Commission's extensive and comprehensive report.
"We are seeking to have short Senate Committee Inquiry to assess whether or not our Bill adequately reflects and implements those recommendations, before moving to have it passed by the Parliament prior to the election.
"Given the widespread support expressed by people from all political parties for the recommendations of the Human Rights Commission report, there is no reason not to implement this straight away.
"The Democrats first introduced legislation to remove this discrimination in 1995. The thousands of Australians who suffer as a direct consequence of this continuing legally entrenched discrimination have waited far too long for fairness.
"The Coalition government should be condemned for continuing to block this long over due reform," Senator Bartlett said.
The Democrats will consider other avenues to continue to push this issue right through until the election is announced.