Saturday, 18 August 2007

PFLAG- latest lobbying for Change

Lobbying in Canberra

PFLAG Brisbane has outlined its most recent lobbying by convenor Shelley Argent...

On the 12th and 13th of July, Shelley went to Canberra with Rodney Croome (Tasmanian Gay Activist) and Mark Morein (of the Queensland Association of Healthy Communities) to meet with James Fox, Mr. Howard’s legal adviser and Phillip Ruddock, Attorney General.

Both meetings went for approximately 90 minutes each.Very briefly, Mr. Fox stated that he will put our point of view to the Prime Minister, but of course doesn’t know if Mr. Howard will act. He was friendly and listened to what we had to say. We believe that he took many of our concerns on board. Mr. Ruddock stated that there is a submission to be presented to parliament. He wouldn’t say when and he wouldn’t say what would be in the submission. When Shelley mentioned economic discrimination, he stated they do benefit from the taxes they paid, because theytoo drove on the roads.As Rodney Croome says, we just need to keep“chipping” away. Each time a group meets with these people it makes it easier for the next group and if it happens enough government will learn we are serious about equality and changes will happen.

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