Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Community Affairs Committee; Reference
I seek leave to make a short statement on the same matter.
The motion that was just lost because it was only supported by the Greens was to look into allegations about the Exclusive Brethren and its leadership on a range of social issues, not political issues, to do with discriminating against women, banning unions from Exclusive Brethren workplaces, prohibiting children from their Australian right to university education, the excommunication of family members and the breaching of Family Court of Australia directions. These are all legitimate matters for us all to be concerned about, not of a political nature but of a social nature, and I am surprised that the Greens were not supported.