Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians will have the opportunity to have their questions directly raised with representatives from the three major political parties in upcoming national elections thanks to an upcoming event in the city of Melbourne.
The Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL) in partnership with Transgender Victoria and Organization Intersex International (OII) Australia is hosting an election forum with representatives of the Australian Labor Party, Liberal-National Coalition and Australian Greens on Saturday 31 August between 2:30 and 4:30pm.
‘Being fully informed on issues that matter to you is an important part of democracy,’ said VGLRL Convener Anna Brown.
‘Along with the survey results, this forum will ensure voters are clear on the major parties’ positions on a range of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.’
The groups have also sent a 12 topic, 42 question election survey on LGBT and intersex issues to the parties and will be publishing the results online in the days to come.
But if you would like nominate a question to be asked of any or all of the three party representatives at the forum you can do so via the VGLRL website by clicking here.
Australian Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus will represent Labor, Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer will represent the Liberal-National Coalition and Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt will speak for his party at the forum and respond to the community’s questions.
Responses to the survey by the three parties will be uploaded to the VGLRL website once they become available and will be rated on their level of supportiveness.
The free event is being hosted by comedian Toby Halligan at the DnM Bar at 119 Commercial Road, Prahran on 31 August, but organizers hope you will RSVP to them if you plan on attending.