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International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2001: what about gay and lesbian citizens?



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Senator Brian Greig Australian Democrats Spokesperson for Law and Justice, Sexuality Issues

10 December 2001 MEDIA RELEASE 01/741

International Human Rights Day 10 December 2001 What about gay and lesbian citizens?

Who would have thought some Western Australians would still be fighting for basic human rights and equality on International Human Rights Day 2001?

Democrats’ spokesperson for Law and Justice, and Sexuality Issues, Senator Brian Greig, says that while not wholly unexpected, the opposition to proposed gay law reforms in Western Australia shows there are still many people who do not believe in equal rights for all.

“The WA Government’s Gay Law Reform measures are not radical or unique, but mean simply that all citizens, including gay and lesbian citizens, will be treated fairly and equally,” Senator Greig said.

“The anti-gay groups and their massive print advertising campaign opposing gay law reform, are using the same myths and scare-mongering that has been used in the past.

“Western Australia remains the only state where it is unlawful for consenting gay adults to have sex in private. It is also the only state where it is legal to refuse gay and lesbian people a job, a place to live, and basic goods and services,” Senator Greig said.

Human rights group Amnesty International has called on governments around the world to review all legislation which could result in the discrimination, prosecution and punishment of people solely for their sexual orientation or gender identity, including discriminatory age of consent legislation.

“The United Nations, through its international human rights treaties, recognises that sexuality discrimination is wrong and calls on all countries to end this discrimination.

“Australia is one of only very few western countries that has failed to do this,” Senator Greig concluded.

Contacts: Senator Brian Greig, 08) 9228 3133 or Di Graham on 0417 177 523