Statement from Equality Tasmanian on Jeremy Rockliff becoming Tasmanian Premier

President of Equality Tasmania, Rodney Croome, said Jeremy Rockliff is one of the strongest and most effective advocates for LGBTIQ+ equality and inclusion in the Tasmania Parliament.

“Jeremy Rockliff understands the harm discrimination against LGBTIQ+ can cause and has a twenty year track record challenging that discrimination.”

“Mr Rockliff voted for Tasmania’s gold-standard Anti-Discrimination Act, laws recognising same-sex couples and their families, the principle of marriage equality and legislation to expunge historical gay and transgender criminal records.”

“He has also strongly supported LGBTIQ+ inclusion and equity initiatives in his roles as Education Minister and then Health Minister.”

“We look forward to working with him to foster a fairer and more inclusive Tasmania.”

Mr Croome said new deputy premier, Michael Ferguson, has opposed equality for LGBTIQ+ people including same-sex adoption and marriage.

“Our hope is that Mr Ferguson will gain greater insight into the disadvantages faced by LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians, and our aspiration to equality, in his work with Premier Rockliff.”

For more contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668.