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Mon 11 Jul, 2011
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Social interaction with members and senators of the federal parliament will allow LGBTI Australians to raise issues

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Australian MPs form sexuality 'friendship group'

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Members of Australian Parliament from across the political spectrum have combined to form a "friendship group" to deal with issues affecting gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex people.

Opposition whip and chair of the group Warren Entsch said federal MPs will for the first time have access to information about the social, legal and health issues which affect these communities.

"This is an important step in recognising the divide that exists between policy makers and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community," he said in a statement.

"Social interaction with members and senators of the federal parliament will allow LGBTI Australians to raise issues, build awareness and to provide opportunities for these to be discussed and addressed at a legislative level."

The group is also supported by Queensland Labor MP Graham Perrett and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Source: AAP


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