Sat Oct 02, 1993
f) Lots of other LGBT issues
People shouldn't be afraid to be called gay bashers: the debate about sexuality anti-vilification legislation in Tasmania
Anti-vilification legislation raises many complex issues
(published in Capital Q, October 1992)
At the end of 1991 the Tasmanian Green Independents introduced legislation to the Tasmanian parliament that prohibited the vilification of lesbians and gay men. This legislation was in the form of an amendment to the Labor government's anti-discrimination bill - a bill which already guaranteed equal opportunity for lesbians and gay men.
The Green's anti-vilification amendment was accepted by the government and passed through the Lower House along with the rest of the bill. Almost inevitably the anti-discrimination bill, and its vilification amendments, were thrown out by Tasmania's notoriously conservative Upper House. One member symbolically cast his copy of the bill into the waste paper bin to show his contempt for anti-discrimination principles.
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