Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Private Members Bill - Civil Unions.

Politics makes strange bedfellows, goes the saying bastardised from The Tempest. In Australia in recent years, it's also made for quite boring bedfellows. Unless the subject is bedfellows.

The Civil Partnerships Bill, introduced into Queensland Parliament by Labor MP and Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser will be debated on as early as Wednesday evening. If the bill passes, civil partnerships will be recognised under the law, regardless of sex.

Today I received an email from friend and colleague Chris Vernon urging support in favour of the legislation, as well as lobbying at a federal level. The Queensland vote will be a close-run thing. The LNP opposition is voting against the legislation, but Labor MPs are allowed a conscience vote (an abhorrently rare occurrence). If seven vote against the bill, it's a goner.