LGBTI Reform, Political Donations Law, Cruelty Free Festival, Lord Mayorâ€™s Salary Trust, and Pyrmont's Diwali Banquet
Thursday was a historic day for LGBTI reform with the lower House passing laws to remove prior criminal convictions for consensual homosexual acts and Greens MLC Dr Mehreen Faruqi and I introducing legislation to remove the requirement for married trans* people to divorce in order to update their birth certificate. I tabled a copy of Peter de Waalsâ€™s â€˜Unfit for Publicationâ€™ which details Australiaâ€™s buggery and sodomy trials from 1727 to 1930, and committed to further trans* law reform including to remove the need for a person to undergo sex affirmation surgery to update the sex on their birth certificate. My speech in the historic homosexual offences bill is HERE and my speech on ending forced trans* divorce is HERE. I was honoured to share the day with colleagues and inspiring members of the LGBTI community.
The government tried to rush through interim donation laws for the next election that massively increase public funding to the major parties while reducing or maintaining it for minor parties and independents. I argued that this does not create the level playing field a healthy democracy needs, may not reduce opportunities for corruption and the expert panel on donations should have reported on proposals. Debate on the bill will resume today, my speech is HERE.
The Cruelty Free Festival is a fantastic way for people to support companies and products that donâ€™t involve cruelty and to learn about how they can better the plight of animals. The festival is always fun and positive and I especially love meeting the like-minded people who care about our voiceless friends. Iâ€™ll have a stall and speak at the event. More information is HERE
In Parliament, I commended the commitment of Lord Mayor Clover Moore to supporting charitable causes, with her latest donation reaching $1.23 million from her own pocket to support 60 community projects. My speech is HERE.
Have a great week!
PS. The Diwali Banquet with Bollywood Dancers on 26 October celebrates the Hindu â€˜festival of lights' and supports the Christmas in Pyrmont preparations. Details HERE.