Australians 4 Equality: Post election

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What we know, and what we don’t

Hello all,

I hope you are all well.

We had hoped to be able to send a more definitive message after last week’s election, but in some respects things seem even murkier than before. There is still much to crystallize regarding the exact outcome of the election and the future for the legislative determination of marriage equality in Australia.

We should all be proud that 70% of Australians back marriage equality. Now it’s important that all political parties work together to deliver equality for every Australian.

While the final election result remains unclear, we do know that this election has delivered more supporters of marriage equality across every party than ever before, and more LGBT members of parliament than ever before.

LGBTI reforms have historically been advanced by multi-partisan cooperation, including decriminalisation and relationships financial equality reform. It is vital that this continues into the future and the parties work together to deliver marriage equality for everyone. We may have majority support in this parliament, but to achieve reform they will all need to work together. Australian Marriage Equality is talking to all political parties and independents to build a pathway for marriage reform. This issue is about people not politics.

Another thing that we know for sure is that we need to be a fully national campaign. By the end of July we will have coalition meetings set up in nearly every state and territory in Australia. Although the participants are by no means exhaustive, we are starting to get a great cross-section of the various sectors that must be involved in order for us to win this campaign. These range from the LGBTI community, corporate supporters, unions, civil society and human rights organisations, religious leaders, family groups, multicultural institutions, local government and political organisations.

Much of that support is due to the involvement of many of our stakeholders around the country who have been so generous in lending us their contacts, their time and the logistical support necessary to reach out to so many people and develop a national infrastructure of support.

While there is still uncertainty in Canberra, we know what we need to do. Over the coming months we will build on the networks that have already started to come into place, and continue to work with all of you to make sure we’re leveraging the power of each other’s networks, cross pollinating campaign ideas, and enabling local campaigners to develop campaigns for their local areas.

As I have mentioned to most of you, I am away on holidays right now (nothing like escaping the cold weather and post-election uncertainty!) but I am reading my emails so if there is anything urgent please do not hesitate to be in touch. If you need anyone urgently in my absence, please reach out to Clint McGilvray, cc’d above. I am back on the ground 19 July and will be in touch with you shortly after.

Most sincerely, Dae Levine

Dae Levine Stakeholder Director, Australians 4 Equality

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About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years.

“Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe.” (Daniel Witthaus, “Beyond Priscilla”, Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)