Thursday, 4 February 2021
Gender and Sexual Orientation
I, and also on behalf of Senator Steele-John, move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) studies suggest that at least one in ten LGBTQA+ Australians are vulnerable to religion-based pressures and attempts to change or suppress their sexuality and/or gender identity,
(ii) many people who experience attempts to change or suppress the LGBTQA+ elements of their selves are severely harmed by those attempts,
(iii) today the Victorian Parliament is voting on the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Prohibition Bill, a world class bill that would outlaw sexuality and gender identity conversion practices across the state, and
(iv) a national approach to banning conversion practices is required to ensure the rights, wellbeing and protection of every LGBTQA+ Australian; and
(b) calls on the Government to establish a national inquiry into the prevalence and impact of formal and informal conversion practices in Australia, inclusive of educational, pastoral care and community settings.
The government remains committed to addressing the mental and physical health of all Australians including the LGBTI community. However, these matters are well known to be a clear area of state legislative responsibility and accepted as matters for the state and territory governments to consider, as is happening in Victoria.