Andrews and Clark cancel World Congress of Families appearances
Kevin Andrews, Federal Minister for Social Services, and Victorian Attorney General, Robert Clark, have cancelled their appearances at the World Congress of Families.
Mr Andrews was planned to address the event, but has cancelled because the event is now apparently hosted by ultra right-wing group, Catch the Fire Ministries.
In a statement he said:
"Tolerance is a critical value in a western liberal democracy like Australia.
"It was for this reason that I intended to address the World Congress of Families meeting in Melbourne tomorrow.
"The calls for me not to attend demonstrate the intolerance of the Greens and the left — instead of arguing their case in the public arena they seek to shut down debate.
"Equally, I cannot support intolerance from other quarters. As I have been informed today that the event is now to be hosted by Catch the Fire, I have decided not to attend."
Victorian Attorney General, Robert Clark, has also pulled out of the event, stating the change of venue to be the reason.
The Congress has been regularly slammed over the past few weeks in regards to the line up of guests they have coming to Melbourne, one of which, Dr Angela Lanfranchi, links breast cancer to abortion, and are strong advocates against same sex marriage.
Groups attending the Congress also have been vocal for their support of the 'gay propoganda' laws in Russia.
The planned attendance of Liberal MPs including Senators Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi has also caused upset in the community.
Babette Francis, a member of the organising committee of the World Congress of Families, has told MCV she has not heard from Mr Andrews' office in regards to his appearance, and would not comment on where the Congress will be held.
Yesterday, the Senate passed a motion condemming the World Congress of Families, which was moved by Greens Senator, Larissa Waters.
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