At this point in time, the “Equality” bill is scheduled to be voted on March 14.
The NSW “Equality” Bill was introduced by Alex Greenwich, the independent member for Sydney, on August 29, 2023. At the time the bill was “cognate” with Mr Greenwich’s “Conversion Therapy” bill, which means that they were to be debated and voted on together.
When the Government decided to write their own “Conversion Therapy” legislation, the package of bills was not broght to a vote, and both bills were scheduled to expire at the end of 2023.
At 1:30am on the second last day of Parliament in 2023, Mr Greenwich moved a procedural motion, which was passed by the Parliament, that gave a new life to the “Equality” bill.
that Standing and Sessional Orders be suspended to:
In short, this motion:
This was extraordinary level of priority given to a bill that had been neglected during 2023. This sudden prioritisation suggested that the Government were willing to let the bill pass (either as a whole or amended), which cause significant concern in the faith community.
In response, we have been calling on people to contact their MP over January.
On February 7, 2024, the Government changed the schedule for February 8 so that “Equality” bill did not feature on the schedule. This effectively posponed the debate unti March 14, but has not changed the guaranteed vote for March 14.
We still need you to contact your MP.
The Government have not announced their position on the bill, so it might be passed, either in full or amended. This would be a disaster for NSW. Call, write or meet with your MP and tell them to reject this bill in full.