Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Howard refuses to remove discrimination

At the most recent joint partyroom meeting while Parliament was sitting, MP Warren Entsch called on John Howard to make a quick decision about same sex law reform. Howard refused and said that he would not be making the proposed changes, saying that he was opposed to them.

To recap- The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission stated in a recent report that there were many Federal laws that discriminated against same sex people. The ALP, Greens and democrats all backed the HREOC report. Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock took a submission to Cabinet some weeks ago saying that there should be changes to reflect the report. Some Ministers were reportedly against the changes, including Tony Abbot and Kevin Andrews. With no consensus at Cabinet, it was left to John Howard to decide on behalf of Cabinet...

And now he has refused...

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