On Thursday night I joined about 100 LGBTI people at a getting to know you function at Parliament House at the invitation of Grace Grace MP. The night was apolitical, and there was no lobbying.
It was a good chance to talk to the pollies- and they were quite a few to turn up, 17 in all. It was extraordinary to have so many turn up. For those who think that the LGBTI issues are ones owned by the ALP, what was particularly impressive was the number of LNP members who turned up.
Members who attended included:
Communities Minister Karen Struthers (ALP)
Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek (LNP)
Dean Wells (ALP) former Minister and Attorney-General
Kerry Shine (ALP), former Attorney-_General
I managed to talk to:
Deputy Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg (LNP)
Despite his busy work schedule, which necessitated his leaving the function, the Borg found time to come back for more.
Mark McArdle (LNP) Former Deputy Opposition Leader
I knew Mark when I was a Brisbane family lawyer and he was a Sunshine Coast family lawyer. He was always an honourable opponent.
David Gibson (LNP)
Scott Emerson (LNP)
Evan Moorhead (ALP)
I am on a committee for a court based domestic violence service. As local MP, Evan has been a great help in supporting that much needed service.