Equal rights

The candidates were asked whether they would support gay, lesbian, transgender and inter-sex youth by introducing anti-homophobia education programs, and lobbying to remove social and legal inequality facing these young people.

Thomas Georges answer was simple and to the point.

We do not have that in our policy, he said.

Mr Gough said The Greens had several gay members of parliament and the party supported anti-homophobia education, equal age of consent and anti-suicide programs.

Miss Melland said the Democrats did everything they could for homosexuality to be a non-issue, so that it was just part of the diversity of our community.

Its like being from a different culture, or from a different social/economic situation, she said. People need to understand each other so they can live together.

Mr Lanyon said the state did have anti-discrimination laws, so it was not just policy.

In the communities and schools we practice respect and tolerance, he said. I know the gay and lesbian member of my extended family are fed up with the term thats so gay. It begins with education. The law does protect, but its a far bigger issue than legality.

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