The Australian Senate has passed a Greens’ motion calling on politicians to boycott the World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne on Saturday, including Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews, who plans to open the conference.
“The World Congress of Families campaigns internationally for the criminalisation of LGBTIQ people and against women having abortions, even when their lives are at risk,” Senator Larissa Waters Australian Greens spokesperson for women said.
“By opening the conference Minister Andrews is legitimising the prejudiced, bigoted ideals of the World Congress of Families, which harmfully perpetuates completely discredited myths, including a link between abortion and breast cancer.
“Today Minister Andrews refused an invitation to accept a large photo album of diverse family photos submitted by hundreds of Australians, opposed to the Congress’ discriminatory view of what a family should look like.
“The World Congress of Families’ views against same-sex and single parents go against the basic Australian values of embracing diversity, equality and love.
“I’m so proud of the way so many Australians have made their voices heard on this issue, which has resulted in Melbourne venues refusing to take the conference on.
“Abbott Government ministers, including Kevin Andrews and Eric Abetz, need to stop trying to trample over women’s rights, with their 1950s views.
“The Abbott Government and its backward views are completely out of touch with the Australian community,” Senator Waters said.