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New Tasmanian Director appointed
· September 29, 2010 10:00 AM
A former pastor who oversees quality control in a pharmaceutical company in Launceston, has been appointed as ACL’s new part-time Tasmanian Director.
Mark Brown (pictured) began working two days a week for the ACL on Monday September 27. His appointment follows on from former Tasmanian Director Nick Overton’s recent departure to pursue theological studies in Canada after five years of dedicated commitment in bringing a Christian influence to bear on the Tasmanian parliament.
Mark has a diploma of theology and creative ministry and moved to Launceston from New Zealand 17 years ago. He has scientific qualifications and will continue in his current quality control position for three days a week.
With a number of concerning issues on the parliamentary agenda of the Tasmanian Government, ACL welcomes someone of Mark’s commitment and ability to the team. Tasmanian supporters can contact Mark on 0408 850 629 or at
Tasmanian parliament pushing gay marriage
· September 02, 2010 10:00 AM
With the Greens to hold the balance of power in the Senate from July next year, and with newly-elected member for Melbourne Adam Bandt beginning the posturing already, same sex marriage is never too far from the political spotlight. This week the Labor-Greens coalition in the Tasmanian parliament kept the ball rolling with debate on an amendment to the state’s relationship registration scheme.
The lower house on Tuesday debated and passed the Relationships Amendment (Recognition of Registered Relationships) Bill 2010, which amends the
Relationships Act 2003
to enable recognition in Tasmania of relationships registered under corresponding laws of other Australian States and Territories and other countries.
The main controversy of the debate centres on what is meant by ‘corresponding laws’. Liberal Member for Bass Michael Ferguson, one of the three members to vote against the bill, expressed his disappointment that this would include recognition of same sex marriages from other countries, despite this important detail only emerging in the chamber during the debate.
He also said
What is clear to me, having looked at it time and time again, is that this bill is much more about making a political gesture toward marriage than addressing any remaining discrimination. The fact is, from what I have been able to learn, there is no remaining discrimination, none at all. It was dealt with in 2003 at the State level, and in the last term of the Federal Parliament so far as federal law is concerned.
Mr Ferguson revealed that during a pre-debate briefing he was not provided with a single example of a circumstance where this amendment bill would overcome an instance of disadvantage by a same sex couple. It would seem it is simply a political ploy to add to pressure on federal politicians to amend the definition of marriage in the federal
to include same sex couples
Mr Ferguson sought to amend the legislation so that overseas same sex marriages would not be recognised by the Tasmanian relationships scheme, but these proposed changes were rejected. Of the three parties represented in the house, only the Liberal party was granted a conscience vote. Jacquie Petrusma and Rene Hidding joined Mr Ferguson in opposing the bill, showing a real strength of character in the 25-seat chamber.
The Relationships Amendment (Recognition of Registered Relationships) Bill 2010 will now go to the upper house. Tasmanian supporters are strongly encouraged to
email Independent MLCs
telling them that the bill is wasting parliamentary time because it changes no real entitlements and is clearly only a political gesture, which they should reject.
ACL submission to Tasmania euthanasia inquiry
· July 31, 2009 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Tasmanian Joint Standing Committee on Community Development Inquiry into the Dying with Dignity Bill 2009.
ACL submission on Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act
· October 10, 2008 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Tasmanian Department of Justice Review of the Complaints Handling and Dispute Resolution Provisions of the
Anti-Discrimination Act 1998
– Recommendation Paper.
for an earlier submission on this issue.
ACL submission on Tasmanian charter of rights
· November 23, 2006 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Tasmania Law Reform Institute investigation into ‘A Charter of Rights for Tasmania?’
ACL Tasmania submission on cloning
· August 13, 2006 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Review of the Tasmanian
Human Embryonic Research Regulation Act 2003
Human Cloning and Other Prohibited Practices Act 2003
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