Leading up to the 2023 NSW election, Chris Minns and Labor candidates promised:1
A working group from the Department of Communities and Justice and the Department of Health have recently released a Consultation Paper proposing an approach for banning “LGBTQ+ conversion practices”.
The proposal seems to have been drafted only with reference to Labor’s initial media release and notably without reference to most of the commitments made by Labor at public events.
Implementing this proposal would break Labor’s election promises.
The Government has stated that they plan to bring legislation in November 2023. This has forced an incredibly tight timeline for considering such complex legislation.
Stakeholders were given only four weeks to respond to the Consultation Paper, with submissions due August 25th. In September, the Working Group will finalise their recommendations (which will not be made public) and send them to the Government in early October, so that legislation can be written by November.
In light of the “confidential” nature of the consultation process, and short time frames for responses, a November target for legislation is too short for proper consultation and debate.
This rush risks forcing poorly considered legislation into Parliament which could break ALP promises, interfere with the relationship between parents and children, undermine religious freedom, and risk electoral backlash.