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Greens back anti hate election pledge

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Christine Milne 31 Jul 2010

It's time for all politicians and all political parties to demonstrate leadership and to end the use of bigotry and hatred as an election tool, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

Senator Milne today signed a pledge offered by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community asking for all parties to refrain from inciting hatred against LGBT people during the federal election campaign.

"The Greens are the nation's fastest growing political party, and I am proud to say that we have achieved this through progressive social justice policies, rather than acts of bigotry as often demonstrated by other parties.

"It was my Bill that secured gay law reform in Tasmania in 1997 taking this state from the worst to the best in the nation at that time."

"I am therefore proud to be signing this pledge as a person, a politician and a Greens Senator for Tasmania.

"Political parties and elected representatives should never input prejudice, discrimination, hatred or bigotry into public discourse in order to influence the vote. This has been too often the case in Tasmania with political parties using third parties to incite hatred and discrimination."

"The Greens are the party with the strongest record in recognising, supporting and protecting the rights of the LGBTI community."

"We support same sex marriages, the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity into national anti-discrimination legislation, and government funding of a national peak body to represent and advocate for LGBTI Australians."

"We will only free ourselves of hatred and bigotry if those charged with leading the way free themselves of it also."

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