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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 25

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

  That the Senate—

  (a) notes that:

    (i)all Australians are entitled to equality before the law and that it is contrary to the basic principles of justice in a democratic society to use the States' rights argument in an attempt to deprive Australian citizens of that basic right just because they live in a particular geographical area,

    (ii)the Australian Government's foreshadowed response to the Tasmanian medieval `anti-gay' laws is inadequate in that it fails to protect Australian citizens resident in Tasmania against police harassment and prosecution,

    (iii)it is disappointing that the Government has not had the courage to introduce comprehensive legislation prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality, particularly in view of the United Nations Human Rights Committee's published view that the protection under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights against discrimination on the grounds of sex extends to sexuality; and

  (b)calls on the Commonwealth Government to strengthen its proposed legislation to ensure that the right to equality before the law is enjoyed by all Australians.