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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2202


Senator CALVERT —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)a recent opinion poll conducted by the University of Tasmania on behalf of the Tasmanian Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 7.30 Report has shown that 54 per cent of the Tasmanian people support the State's Liberal Government in its policy position on gay law reform, and

    (ii)of the 46.9 per cent who indicated to the poll that the Tasmanian law should be changed, only 42.5 per cent supported the liberalisation of Tasmania's homosexual laws;

  (b)recognises that the most compelling statistic obtained in the poll is that 63.1 per cent of Tasmanians are opposed to Commonwealth Government intervention into the laws of the State of Tasmania; and

  (c)calls on the Federal Government to recognise the overwhelming views of the majority of Tasmanians as demonstrated in the University of Tasmania poll and not intervene in the democratic laws of the State of Tasmania.