plebiscite pro bono
The same-sex marriage plebiscite was originally scheduled to go ahead on February 11 2017. Whilst the plebiscite legislation was voted down in the Australian senate, it remains Federal Government policy. The Government had previously committed to funding the Yes and No campaigns to the tune of $7.5 million each.
We share the genuine concerns of the LGBTI community about the potential divisiveness of a No campaign, and the possibility that it will fuel hostile and unacceptable behaviour towards the LGBTI community.
If you are from the LGBTI community and feel that you have been vilified by campaign material related to the plebiscite (if it goes ahead), you are covered (in some states) by specific laws.
Not all states have laws that cover vilification based of sexuality. If you are from ACT, NSW, QLD, or TAS, you are covered by vilification laws. If you are from NT, SA, VIC or WA unfortunately you aren’t covered. In this situation we suggest that you contact your local MP to register you complaint and to request that Australia introduce national laws to protect you from vilification.
Everyone has the right to be equal, and Maurice Blackburn will fight for your rights.
If you feel you have been vilified as a result of plebiscite campaign material you can register your details with us.