New Human Rights Commissioner welcomed

New Human Rights Commissioner welcomed

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:43 Written by // Ron Hughes

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.



Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

Comments (8)

  • Miki

    18 December 2013 at 19:34 |
    So you are just assuming that Rodney Croome is the only activist actively involved in the Same Sex Marriage campaign? There are thousands of activists involved (yes, I know Croome likes to pretend he is the only one). For all you know Chris may well be very active in the campaign. He is absolutely right to "bag" out Croome, who is a rightwinger who has been doing his utmost to split the LGBTI community. Croome has spent his time running after conservative homophobes rather than building an inclusive campaign that can win. Croome regularly presents himself as the key spokesperson for the community and it is absolutely disgraceful that he is cheering on Tim Wilson. The LGBTI community's human rights, free speech, work rights (which are a human right) and much more will be impacted on just as much the rest of the broader community (if not more actually), if Wilson gets to have his way in relation to the policies he has touted for years.
    • Miki

      18 December 2013 at 19:35 |
      opps, that was suppose to be a reply to Tom, who was responding to Chris.
  • Samson

    18 December 2013 at 18:24 |
    This is yet another sign that "gay" is dead. I find it difficult to accept that the community would welcome his appointment just because he is in support of marriage equality, when he is willing to stomp on almost every other human right.
  • Chris

    18 December 2013 at 16:56 |
    Did I miss the election where Rodney Croome was selected to speak on behalf of the Australian LGBTI community? Because I sure as hell didn't vote for him! I am sick to death of Croome bashing leftists and kowtowing to the conservatives, all the while posing as the official LGBTI spokesperson. He is nothing but a mouthpiece for the right who does not have LGBTI interests at heart, and the quicker we dispose of him in the dustbin of history the better.
    • Tom

      18 December 2013 at 17:53 |
      I don't think it's right to bag Rodney Croome for having the guts and political will to carry the equal marriage fight right up to the faces of our federal MPs. As for speaking "on behalf of the Australian LGBTI community" I don't think he would claim that. He has said time and again we need support from BOTH major parties and the minors and independents to get the law changed. His comment as I read it was purely about marriage and no other issue affecting our community. A little less armchair criticism, please.
      • Chris

        18 December 2013 at 19:33 |
        Armchair critic? I have been to every single demonstration in support of same-sex marriage rights, started campaign groups at university, spoken with people, gotten the word out and tried to get more people on board with this cause. And what does Croome do? Grovel to the most conservative elements of society, the ones who are most against granting rights to not just LGBTI people, but other sections of society who are denied basic freedoms. You think that's gutsy? I think it's pathetic. Fuck Rodney Croome.
  • Paul

    18 December 2013 at 15:05 |
    Rodney Croome's comments might augur well for marriage equality, but they're scarily disingenuous for the many other rights LGBTI people need, such as the right to not be vilified for one's sexuality or gender. Wilson and the IPA have campaigned actively against such rights. His appointment is a regressive one and gives us little cause to celebrate.
  • Tom Kent

    17 December 2013 at 14:57 |
    Yikes! Looks like they've put the fox in charge of the hen-house...

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