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18   Social Issues—World Congress of Families

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 391—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the World Congress of Families is responsible for spreading:

                  ( a )   homophobic and sexist prejudices around the world, including in Russia, the United States, and countries in Eastern Europe and Africa, and

                  ( b )   harmful myths, including linking abortion with breast cancer and contraception with domestic violence,

                 (ii)   the World Congress of Families is holding a conference in Melbourne on Saturday, 30 August 2014,

                (iii)   the Minister for Social Services (Mr Andrews) is planning to attend the conference and give an opening address, and has been awarded the 2014 Natural Family Man of the Year award by the World Congress of Families, and

                (iv)   other state and federal Members of Parliament are also planning to attend the conference;

    (b)   reaffirms the:

                  (i)   fundamental Australian values of equality, tolerance and non-discrimination, and

                 (ii)   value and dignity of all persons regardless of their gender, sexuality, or family status; and

     (c)   calls on Members of Parliament not to attend the World Congress of Families conference.

Question put and passed.