MP Alex Greenwich urges Kevin Andrews to withdraw from World Congress of Families
Sydney Independent MP Alex Greenwich has written to the Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews urging him to cancel his planned attendance at the World Congress of Families.
The WCF – which is being staged in Melbourne over the weekend – opposes both gay marriage and abortion and is dedicated to fighting their decriminalisation.
Both Kevin Andrews and Senator Eric Abetz will attend the conference, a move which has angered the LGBTI community.
In his letter, Alex Greenwich urged Minister Andrews to cancel his appearence at the conference which "risks embarrassing Australia's human rights records and and is in direct contradiction of the work done by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in counties such as Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia to support their LGBTI citizens and advocate for fairer laws”.
He went on to explain the negative implications Andrews' attendance and subsequent association with the event would bear on the wider LGBTI community.
"“The World Congress of Families supports a narrow and discriminatory definition of families, your attendance and support of them risks condoning their exportation of anti-LGBTI bigotry, ideology and legislation abroad,” he stated.
News.com.au reports a spokesperson for Kevin Andrews has said the Minister will still attend the conference as it relates to families which is part of his portfolio.