LGBTI groups hopeful of progress under Coalition
LGBTI advocacy groups are cautiously optimistic of progress in equality and health under the new Coalition government.
Tony Abbott has been elected as prime minister with the Coalition sweeping into office with a national swing of 3.5 per cent.
Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said the focus now for the gay marriage campaign was to secure a conscience vote in the Liberal Party.
“I’m optimistic about the future of marriage equality because there are now more supporters of reform in Coalition ranks than ever before,” Croome said.
“The job ahead of us is to work with them to ensure a conscience vote is granted and that enough Coalition representatives support equality to get it over the line.”
Justin Koonin of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby said despite progress in the Coalition’s handling of LGBTI issues in recent years, such as its support for federal anti-discrimination protections, there was concern over some Coalition policies.
“There remains significant gaps in the Coalition’s stated policies to date, notably commitments to the inclusions of same-sex couples in the paid parental leave scheme and the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy, and the failure to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality.”
However, Koonin said the GLRL “look forward to progress on these issues and other in the new term of government”.
The National LGBTI Health Alliance said it welcomed the opportunity to engage with the Coalition on various LGBTI issues such as mental health and suicide prevention.
“We look forward to working with the Coalition to ensure that LGBTI Australians receive equitable opportunities to make responsible health choices and participate in their families and communities,” said Alliance general manager Warren Talbot.
Transgender Victoria spokesperson Sally Goldner said the group will “look to commitments made by MPs such as Kelly O’Dwyer to work with trans people to achieve continuation of reforms in areas such as health and documentation”.
Morgan Carpenter, president of OII Australia, said he hoped to meet with the Coalition to discuss issues affecting the intersex community.
While counting is still continuing, the Coalition is predicted to win close to 90 seats in the House of Representatives – a majority of more than 30 seats.
In electorates with large LGBTI constituencies, the Liberal's Malcolm Turnbull has retained the seat of Wentworth in New South Wales, while Labor’s Tanya Plibersek and Anthony Albanese have kept Sydney and Grayndler respectively.
In Victoria, the Greens’ Adam Bandt has been re-elected as its member for Melbourne, while in Queensland, the LNP’s Teresa Gambaro has retained the seat of Brisbane.
Meanwhile, in the Senate, Labor’s Penny Wong has been re-elected in South Australia, as was LGBTI ally, the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young.
[Image] Tony Abbott, with his wife and children, celebrating his election victory.
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