Kevin Andrews distances himself from World Congress of Families
After pulling out from delivering the opening address at the World Congress of Families conference last week, social services minister Kevin Andrews has asked organisers of the conservative Christian conference to remove a reference that cites him as international secretary for the organisation.
In the Congress’s latest newsletter the group named Andrews as their international secretary, previously he had been referred to as a frequent speaker and international ambassador for the organisation.
Andrews has been involved with the organisation since the mid nineties and has previously spoken at World Congress of Families events.
However a spokeswoman for the minister told Guardian Australia: “The minister does not hold any roles with the World Congress of Families. He was ‘ambassador’ for the WCF’s one-day congress in Sydney in May 2013 only.”
She said his listing as international secretary was an error by the congress.
Senator Larissa Waters, the Greens spokeswoman for women, told the Guardian the community deserved to know whether their political representatives endorsed the World Congress of Families.
“That our minister for social services supports this organisation is alarming and the extent of his support needs to be transparent, whether or not it is required to be listed on the register of members’ interests,” she said.