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Statement - Statement from the Shadow Minister for Equality

Statement – Statement from the Shadow Minister for Equality

17 May 2023.

The Parliament is the people’s place and every Victorian should be made welcome.

Unlike every other event in Parliament, today the Andrews Government chose not to invite members of the Opposition to a Parliamentary event in celebration of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

After becoming aware of the event, the Shadow Minister for Equality, James Newbury, personally visited the Premier’s office to request details of the event, including the time and location, so that he could ensure members of the Liberals and Nationals team were made aware.

No invitation was provided and the Premier’s office has failed to provide any details since this request was made.

Daniel Andrews needs to stop playing politics with IDAHOBIT, as it belittles the importance of equality and ensuring that all Victorians feel respected, included and loved.

James Newbury, Shadow Minister for Equality