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Same-sex marriage plebiscite pro bono legal advice

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Maurice Blackburn will provide free advice to members of the LGBTI community who believe they have been vilified because of the same sex marriage postal survey.

Same-sex marriage postal survey forms are currently being sent out to registered voters and should be mailed back by Friday 27 October. 

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 because of the survey, 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.

If you feel you have been vilified as a result of the postal survey you can register your details with us.

Everyone has the right to be equal, and Maurice Blackburn will fight for your rights.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is vilification?

Vilification happens when someone publicly incites hatred about another person, because of a specific attribute they have. It is different to discrimination or harassment, because it needs to be public and it is about getting others to hate the person because of their attribute.

Are vilification laws the same across Australia?

Unfortunately vilification is not illegal everywhere in our country, and protections differ from state to state. 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.

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