Decision Maker Response

Catherine King’s response

Apr 20, 2018 — Dear petitioners,

I’m writing to let you know that Labor stands with you, Chris Csabs and the medical experts in opposing gay conversion therapy.

As Chris and other Australians have detailed, conversion therapy is discredited and dangerous.

But shockingly, two Turnbull Government ministers – the Acting Prime Minister and the Health Minister – have now failed to condemn the practice when given the chance. This follows attempts by some Liberals to restore the practice in Victoria.

Greg Hunt and Michael McCormack’s comments were ignorant and incredibly hurtful, and fly in the face of expert advice.

The Australian Medical Association “unequivocally condemns” gay conversion therapy, saying* it is:

“harmful to both the individuals who are subjected to it, and society more broadly, as it perpetuates the erroneous belief that homosexuality is a disorder which requires a cure”.

This advice is backed by the World Medical Association, which says** that conversion therapies:

“have no medical indication and represent a serious threat to the health and human rights of those so treated”.

Labor agrees. That’s why we’re calling on the Turnbull Government to clarify its stance on gay conversion therapy urgently – and work with the states to ban it.

Thanks for signing Chris’s petition, and please be assured that Labor will keep fighting alongside LGBTI Australians to relegate conversion therapy to history – where it belongs.

Catherine King
Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare