Queensland MPs want civil unions repealed
Queensland LNP MP Mark Robinson is breaking ranks with his colleagues to announce he supports the move to completely repeal the civil union laws.
The Cleveland MP told ABC Radio Queenslanders want the laws introduced by Labor to be repealed, including the Civil Partnerships Act.
"It is not an easy thing for the party room to balance the fact that the large majority of Queenslanders have real concerns about ... Labor's legislation and do want us to overturn it, but to balance that with the individual rights of the gay and lesbian community,” Robinson said.
Robinson admitted that the Premier did have a “difficult balancing act” when it came to the issue of civil unions.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman (pictured) last week announced the government would abolish the state-sanctioned civil ceremonies but continue to allow couples to register their relationships.
Newman said the ceremonies were to be removed out of respect for churches because the ceremonies “mimic marriage”.
“We need to act for all Queenslanders,” Newman said.
“We take the views of our party membership very, very strongly but at the end of the day we need to make policy and indeed laws for all Queenslanders.”
The parliamentary leader of the Katter’s Australian Party Shane Knuth said that he would go further than the Premier and try to completely repeal the Civil Partnership Act.
“The LNP need to be honest with themselves and the Queensland community and I expect to receive majority support for this amendment in the parliament from all corners of the LNP who are completely opposed to Campbell Newman's position,” he said.