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Tasmania Votes 2014

LGBTI ISSUES IN THE 2014 TASMANIAN ELECTION

 

Rainbow TasmaniaThe 2014 Tasmanian election is important for the State's LGBTI community. Tasmania has led the nation in LGBTI reform for several years. All supporters of equality want this to continue. This page highlights the major parties' LGBTI policies and commitments. We hope this gives you the information you need to vote for a more inclusive Tasmania on March 15th.

For more information contact the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group on 0409 010 668.

 

Report Card: Where the parties stand

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Liberal

Labor

Greens

Tassie enacting a same-sex marriage law
 
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Erasing convictions for gay sex
 
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No anti-discrimination exemptions for religious schools
 
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Keep existing same-sex relationships and adoption laws
 
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Allow change of legal sex without forced divorce
 
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Keep LGBTI grants program
 
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Keep existing government LGBTI framework
 
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Keep LGBTI liaison committees in education/police, etc
 
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Keep LGBTI suicide action plan
 
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Develop a statewide LGBTI strategy
 
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Support LGBTI community-based program against discrimination/violence
 
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Maintain funding for existing LGBTI health and counselling services
 
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Key to the symbols used above:

✔ Supports
✖ Does not support
? Is Non-committal or requires further consideration

 

Strengths and weaknesses of the parties' policies

Click on the party logo to see the party's response to our LGBTI election survey

 

Tasmanian Labor

Since the 2010 election: Achievements include passing same-sex adoption and surrogacy, progress on same-sex marriage, developing community/government liaison and developing an LGBTI suicide strategy.

2014 platform: Strong commitments on almost all issues. Ambivalent about new funding commitments.

Interstate comparison: Australia's leading state Labor Party on LGBTI issues.

 

Tasmanian Greens

Since the 2010 election: Major achievements in areas including progress on same-sex marriage, initiating an LGBTI grants program, developing community/government liaison and issuing new LGBTI education guidelines.

2014 platform: Commitments on all issues. The Greens have issued a dedicated LGBTI election policy which proposes increased funding and introduces important issues to the Australian debate like criminalising reparative therapy. The Greens' LGBTI policy can be found here.

Interstate comparison: Australia's leading state Greens Party on LGBTI issues.

 

Tasmanian Liberals

Since the 2010 election: Achievements include support for same-sex surrogacy and adoption from a majority of Liberals. Major failures were not providing a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, and support for overly broad anti-discrimination exemption.

2014 platform: A significant improvement on their 2010 election platform with some key commitments including expunging criminal records and keeping the LGBTI grants program. But overall, fails to grasp the need for LGBTI specific policies and programs.

Interstate comparison: Better than some other state Liberal parties on LGBTI issues but much room for improvement.

 

Palmer United Party

The Palmer United Party responded by email on 14 March to Rodney Croome's request about their LGBTI policies. Click here for the text of that response.

 

This page is a joint initiative of Rainbow Communities Tasmania, The Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and the Amnesty International Human Rights Queer Network