Motion supporting Dr Lai passes senate

The Australian Senate passed a motion this afternoon, moved by Senator Cory Bernardi, (Australian Conservatives) supporting Dr Pansy Lai’s rights to freedom of conscience and speech.

The motion – opposed by the Australian Labor Party and Greens – took issue with the Getup!-enabled website, CommunityRun, hosting a petition that called for the medical de-registration of Dr Pansy Lai for advocating her opposition to homosexual marriage.

Dr Lai appeared in the first television commercial for the No campaign in the marriage postal survey debate, resulting in her – and the two other women appearing in the ad – being threatened and targeted in numerous ways.

Senator Bernardi told the senate that our petition in support of Dr Lai had already passed the number of signatures the CommunityRun petition against her had attracted.