“Protecting and standing up for the vulnerable through our use of the legal system can help Australian communities come to terms with the injustices of the past and present. Through recognition and compensation, those in need can also find hope for the future. But the fight is far from over.” Jennifer Kanis, Head of Social Justice
In the journey towards equality before the law for all Australians, the achievement of marriage equality for same-sex couples will be remembered as a human rights victory that changed history. But it’s critical we acknowledge that the story of LGBTI rights in Australia, and our effort in achieving them, does not end here.
Same-sex marriage postal survey pro bono legal advice
The same-sex marriage postal vote delivered a resounding yes in November 2017. While same-sex marriage became legal in Australian on December 9, 2017, the LGBTI community had been forced to live through an unnecessary and decisive campaign that was in part funded by the Federal Government.
Between 2005 (when John Howard changed the marriage act in parliament) and 2017, 27 bills had been presented to parliament to legislate same-sex marriage. None succeeded, and the governing Liberal/National coalition almost tore itself apart over the issues under the leadership of Tony Abbott and then Malcolm Turnbull.
To manage his divided governing party, Tony Abbott agreed with in 2016 to hold a non-binding same-sex marriage plebiscite. It was at this time that Maurice Blackburn announced its offer of pro-bono legal advice to the LGBTI community.
When Malcolm Turnbull (as Prime Minister) changed the government’s position to hold a non-binding postal survey, we reiterated our commitment to pro-bono advice.
Everyone has the right to be equal, and Maurice Blackburn will fight for your rights.
“If we are serious about addressing violence against women and children, we must also tackle the many key social issues facing women, including gender inequality. For too many women, inequalities persist throughout their life - from childhood, to entering the workforce, starting a family, and in retirement. We must set the standard now that all forms of inequality facing women, and the attitudes and treatment of women that this inequality creates, are unacceptable in modern Australia.” Liberty Sanger, Principal and Board Member Maurice Blackburn, Chair Equal Workplaces Advisory Council Victoria
Australia has officially said YES! Now let’s make it happen.