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No legal advice justifies discrimination

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Christine Milne 11 Oct 2013

The Australian Greens say Attorney-General George Brandis should release legal advice he says justifies High Court action against ACT marriage equality laws.

"Attorney-General George Brandis should put up or shut up when it comes to the advice that supposedly justifies spending public money on a legal challenge that is all about maintaining last century discrimination," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"If Attorney-General Brandis is so concerned about there being one consistent national law then he should move to support the Greens marriage equality bill in the Senate.

"I challenge all parties to support marriage equality and end discrimination.

"While the ALP calls for the Coalition to give a conscience vote, the Greens challenge both Labor and the Coalition to explain why discrimination on the basis of sexuality is a matter of conscience, when discrimination on the basis of race or gender is not.

"Far from preventing people from marrying in the ACT, Mr Brandis will end up with many couples joining the High Court action.

"Tony Abbott and George Brandis will need to look same-sex couples in the eye and explain the real reasons they are taking this futile action. It's last century discrimination and the rest of us have moved on."


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