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Australia's new Prime Minister says banning gay conversion therapy isn't his 'issue'

Scott Morrison said he respects people of all sexualities but won't get involved in conversion therapy

2018-09-03

Australia’s new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said he won’t get involved in outlawing gay conversion therapy.

While speaking to radio host Neil Mitchell, the Prime Minister revealed his thoughts on the disgusting practice after LGBT Christians called for the government to ban the so-called cure therapy.

However, Morrison told Mitchell: “People should make their own choices about their lives.

“I respect people of all sexualities. I respect people of all religions, all faiths. I love all Australians.

“I’ve never been involved in anything like that, I’ve never supported anything like that, it’s just not an issue for me and I’m not planning to get engaged in the issue.”

Despite objecting to get involved in banning the practice, the Australian Greens party said Morrison must “come out and commit to stamping out harmful conversion therapy”.

Senator Janet Rice said: “Conversion therapies and sexual orientation change efforts are harmful and can have fatal consequences.

“The basic premise of conversion therapy and sexual orientation change efforts is that LGBIQ people can and must be changed, rather than being perfect and accepted for who they are.

“Al LGBTIQ people should be able to practice faith without pressure to change or suppress their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

“The Prime Minister must come out and work with survivors, the community and the Greens to ban these practices in Australia.”