New Human Rights Commissioner welcomed
Equal marriage proponents have welcomed the appointment of Tim Wilson as Australian Human Rights Commissioner.
Attorney-General George Brandis today announced the appointment of Wilson, a former member of the Liberal Party and right-wing think-tank the Institute of Public Affairs.
Wilson has pledged to promote freedom of speech and the press and promised to "restore balance" to the Human Rights Commission which he believed had become "increasingly narrow and selective in its view of human rights" under the Labor government.
Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said Wilson's record on marriage equality was a good sign.
"Mr Wilson is a long-time supporter of allowing same-sex couples to marry, and is on record as saying he would marry if he could," Croome said.
"We are confident Mr Wilson's emphasis on freedom will embrace the freedom of same-sex couples to marry.
"Mr Wilson brings to the marriage equality debate a deep understanding of how our humanity is compromised when the government dictates who can and who can't participate in a core institution like marriage."
Croome added that he hoped Wilson would carry on the commission's practice of standing up for disadvantaged groups.
"Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians will look to Mr Wilson to help ensure we can live our lives free from unfair treatment," he said.