STATEMENT: Poliversity for Marriage Equality

STATEMENT: Poliversity for Marriage Equality

Poliversity is proud to stand with Australians from all backgrounds pushing for marriage equality in Australia.

Poliversity is vigorously opposed to the plebiscite and the proposed postal survey as both policies open the doors for further discrimination and hate speech. While we oppose the divisive and expensive postal survey, we encourage all Australians to enrol and send a strong message to end discrimination and inequality by voting yes for marriage equality.

Prolonging the issue of marriage equality and denying LGBTI Australians equal rights will have long term negative ramifications. Our experience working with Australians from multicultural and interfaith backgrounds have shown us the damaging effects of discrimination. Australia is a tolerant and inclusive country and there is no place for discrimination and hate speech.

Poliversity is particularly concerned for the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Australians from multicultural backgrounds. In addition to facing discrimination externally, multicultural LGBTI Australians are subject to added pressures from people within their own communities. Due to cultural and religious values, there are a number of multicultural LGBTI Australians that are fearful of coming out. Poliversity pledges to advocate for a greater focus and resources to support LGBTI Australians from multicultural backgrounds.

Poliversity condemns discrimination in all forms and will continue to work with the Australian Labor Party and the Rainbow Labor Network to fight for the equal rights of LGBTI Australians.

STATEMENT: ALP ‘Employ Australians First’ advertisement

STATEMENT: ALP ‘Employ Australians First’ advertisement

Poliversity notes that the Australian Labor Party (ALP) ‘Employ Australians First’ advertisement does not accurately reflect the diversity of the Australian workforce which the party itself embraces.

We have received feedback from members of multicultural communities who are concerned about the lack of diversity portrayed in the advertisement. Its clear Australians, regardless of background, expect more from the ALP in demonstrating inclusiveness.

Poliversity has received strong support from federal Labor caucus members, our Co-Patrons and federal Leader Bill Shorten for its platform committed to a more culturally diverse ALP and Australian politics in general.

Poliversity appreciates Bill Shorten for acknowledging the oversight so promptly and would like to thank the ALP for taking action in removing the advertisement.

Poliversity will be following up with the ALP National Secretariat to help ensure the diverse and inclusive views of multicultural Australia continue to be reflected in the work of the administrative wing of the party.

Statement: Independent investigation to end branch stacking in Victorian ALP

Statement: Independent investigation to end branch stacking in Victorian ALP

Poliversity urges the Victorian Labor Party to put an end to corrosive branch stacking once and for all by appointing an investigator independent of the party to examine concerning allegations raised at last week’s Administrative Committee meeting.

Last month, Fairfax Media revealed that gift cards had been used to pay for the memberships of union officials from the plumbers union and individual members. Unfortunately, these activities centred on factional operatives within the Australian Labor Party (ALP) taking advantage of individuals and communities from multicultural backgrounds.

“Poliversity wants genuine engagement between the ALP and multicultural communities. We are concerned that branch stacking activities only entrench the exploitation of members from multicultural backgrounds and undermines trust, said Jieh-Yung Lo, Co-Founder of Poliversity.

“To ensure members from multicultural backgrounds are no longer exploited, Poliversity strongly recommends an independent investigation to probe recent branch stacking allegations in the Victorian Labor Party.

“Members from multicultural backgrounds are not mere ballot numbers to be exploited for the personal political gain of a few. They are fellow Australian citizens who have an interest and stake in good public policy and like to express their own views on various issues. The ALP needs to provide more opportunities for these members to contribute to policy development in the party.

Poliversity welcomes the comments made by Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten and his call for action to eliminate branch stacking in Victoria. Poliversity strongly agrees with Bill Shorten that branch stacking has no place in the ALP.

“For the ALP to become a modern and inclusive political movement, it needs to build trust and confidence with Australia’s growing multicultural communities. Practices such as branch stacking need to be stamped out and the best way to achieve that is through introducing an investigation process that is independent and transparent”, concluded Mr Lo.