LETTER: The rights of the LGBTQI+ community

Thursday 25 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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LETTER: The rights of the LGBTQI+ community

"... when it suits Mr Brown and Parliament, they can move with speed especially when it suits their purposes and yet this same swiftness to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of our LGBTQI community sits in the dark."

Dear Editor,

Can I start my letter by quoting Mr (Mark) Brown who said in Parliament this week – by removing this “discriminatory criteria, we are complying with the Constitution which protects our fundamental rights and freedoms”. 

Let me say that again in simple terms, Parliament sat this week and very quickly agreed to change the law so as (Prime Minister) Mark Brown clearly stated would remove a “discriminatory criteria, complying with our Constitution which is there to protect our fundamental rights and freedoms”, i.e. the removal of retiring age of the police to welcome in a new handpicked Police Commissioner, which should send alarm bells to us all.

You see when it suits Mr Brown and Parliament, they can move with speed especially when it suits their purposes and yet this same swiftness to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of our LGBTQI community sits in the dark. What about their fundamental rights Mr Brown? What about removing the discriminatory criteria that makes their lifestyle criminal … anyone in Parliament? Nope, but should a decision meet the needs of the few, how quickly the law can change and how quickly self-interest becomes a motivator for change.

The hypocrisy of this swift decision screams in the face of the snail’s pace, in fact it’s more like a three-legged dog pace to protect our Pride Rainbow community.

If you want to protect fundamental rights and freedoms, try applying the same courage and swiftness to decriminalising homosexuality.

Otherwise get off your soapbox and call it for what it is – a decision by Mr Brown and Parliament driven by arrogant self-interest.

Concerned Cookie

(Name and address supplied)