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Humanity a global struggle: Justice Kirby tells VHA conference

Posted 06 October 2017

The way the Australian marriage equality debate is being conducted is extremely distressing for LGBTIQ people with a potentially-negative impact on their health, said the former High Court judge Michael Kirby at the VHA Annual Conference Humanity in health today.

Justice Kirby also said lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and questioning people were being disrespected by having a postal vote.

“This so-called debate is a really unpleasant and distressing thing – even for an old fossil like me – that there are people out there who think we (gays) are not good enough.

“Humanity is a global struggle – a global effort of the human species and healthcare is a human right,” he told the audience at the MCG.

Justice Kirby’s work with a wide range of social, political, scientific, economic, religious, education and humanitarian issues – including with the LGBTIQ community – has earned him widespread respect.

He has undertaken many international activities for the United Nations and the OECD, is Honorary Professor at numerous universities and was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal.

 

 

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