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Title

  • Motions Gender and Sexual Orientation
  • Motions - Gender and Sexual Orientation - National inquiry into conversion practices

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Janet Rice</p>
  • <p>I, and also on behalf of Senator Steele-John, move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The majority voted against a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2021-02-04.99.1) introduced by Victorian Senator [Janet Rice](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/victoria/janet_rice) (Greens), which means it failed.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • >
  • > *(a) notes that:*
  • >
  • >> *(i) studies suggest that at least one in ten LGBTQA+ Australians are vulnerable to religion-based pressures and attempts to change or suppress their sexuality and/or gender identity,*
  • >>
  • >> *(ii) many people who experience attempts to change or suppress the LGBTQA+ elements of their selves are severely harmed by those attempts,*
  • >>
  • >> *(iii) today the Victorian Parliament is voting on the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Prohibition Bill, a world class bill that would outlaw sexuality and gender identity conversion practices across the state, and*
  • >>
  • >> *(iv) a national approach to banning conversion practices is required to ensure the rights, wellbeing and protection of every LGBTQA+ Australian; and*
  • >
  • > *(b) calls on the Government to establish a national inquiry into the prevalence and impact of formal and informal conversion practices in Australia, inclusive of educational, pastoral care and community settings.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) notes that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(i) studies suggest that at least one in ten LGBTQA+ Australians are vulnerable to religion-based pressures and attempts to change or suppress their sexuality and/or gender identity,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(ii) many people who experience attempts to change or suppress the LGBTQA+ elements of their selves are severely harmed by those attempts,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iii) today the Victorian Parliament is voting on the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Prohibition Bill, a world class bill that would outlaw sexuality and gender identity conversion practices across the state, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iv) a national approach to banning conversion practices is required to ensure the rights, wellbeing and protection of every LGBTQA+ Australian; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) calls on the Government to establish a national inquiry into the prevalence and impact of formal and informal conversion practices in Australia, inclusive of educational, pastoral care and community settings.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jonathon Duniam</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Sue Lines</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jonathon Duniam</p>
  • <p>The government remains committed to addressing the mental and physical health of all Australians including the LGBTI community. However, these matters are well known to be a clear area of state legislative responsibility and accepted as matters for the state and territory governments to consider, as is happening in Victoria.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Sue Lines</p>
  • <p>The question is that general business notice of motion No. 975, standing in the name of Senators Steele-John and Rice, be agreed to.</p>