LABOR WILL STAND UP TO DISCRIMINATION AND FIGHT FOR EQUALITY

An Andrews Labor Government will fight the discrimination and homophobia that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse and Intersex Victorians still face in 2014.

Labor will start by putting equality at the heart of the Government’s agenda with a dedicated Cabinet role, and establishing a whole-of-government Ministerial Advisory Committee to make sure laws and services aren’t leaving LGBTI Victorians behind.

We will review all Victorian legislation to identify provisions that unfairly discriminate against LGBTI Victorians and act to change them.

A dedicated Commissioner for gender and sexuality will also be established within the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

A Labor Government will amend the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and limit the ‘bona fide occupational requirement’ which makes it easier for employers to discriminate against people based on their sexuality.

Victoria’s adoption laws are 30 years old and in need of overhaul. We will review the Adoption Act 1984 with a view to legalising same-sex adoption and remove the hurdles that couples encounter.

Labor will repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act 1958, Australia’s only HIV-specific law which discriminates against people living with the disease.

Labor will also extend the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria program to every government secondary school in Victoria. The program gives teachers training and resources to support same-sex attracted and gender diverse students.

Download: Equality back on the agenda – Labor’s LGBTI Policy