in domestic politics an Abuse of Power
Senator Brian Greig
Democrats Senator for Western Australia
Australian Democrats spokesperson for Sexuality Issues
The Pope's call for Catholic parliamentarians to actively oppose laws which
recognise gay and lesbian relationships is an appalling interference by the
church into domestic politics.
Sexuality spokesperson, Senator Brian Greig, says
the Catholic church's religious interference in legislative matters is an
abuse of power that Australian voters will react to.
people have a right to freely practice their own religion, but to impose
religious beliefs about discrimination via the parliament is an attack on
democracy," Senator Greig said.
"Australians want and expect their politicians to represent the people and
Australian interests, not the Pope and the interests of the Vatican."
Senator Greig says most states and territories now legally recognise same
sex couples to varying degrees, but the specific issue of marriage is
"With an increasing number of countries around the world legally recognising
same-sex partnerships, Australia must address this issue in federal
The current lack of partnership laws for gay and lesbian couples under
Commonwealth laws means that same sex couples are discriminated against
within superannuation, taxation, immigration, industrial relations, social
security, the defence forces, veterans affairs, the federal police, to name
but a few areas.
"With increasing numbers of same sex couples raising children, it is very
important that these families have the same legal protections as other
families, in areas such as property settlement, family benefits, and next of
kin entitlements," Senator Greig
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