By Andrea Leong | 29 March 2023
The Fusion Party candidate for Aston, Owen Miller, today issued the following statement:
“I’m proud to support the Victorian Jewish community. Jews have consistently been at the forefront of a number of important causes including humane treatment of asylum seekers, equal rights for LGBTIQA+ people, climate action and constitutional recognition of First Nations peoples.”
Mr Miller continued:
“Together we’ve won some of those causes, but there is more work to do. I hope I can continue working alongside the Victorian Jewish community to do it, particularly in progressing equal rights for my own LGBTIQA+ community.”
- If elected to parliament, Owen will advocate for:
- A 10-year transition to negative emissions
- Establishing a First Nations Voice and Treaty
- Measures to reduce discrimination using rehabilitative justice
- Age-appropriate education on sex, gender and healthy relationships
- Ending all remaining discrimination related to domestic partnerships on the basis of gender or sexual identity
Separation of church and state for the protection of all religions, as well as protection from religion
Jewish LGBTIQA+ advocacy body Aleph Melbourne has called on Victorians to support a number of these measures. Aleph co-convenor Michael Barnett OAM had the following to say:
“Aleph Melbourne supports the elimination of all discrimination impacting LGBTIQA+ people.
We believe more education is required to address misconceptions about gender identity, sexual orientation and related topics. Sadly many people in society form harmful views around these issues which ultimately impact the self-esteem and mental health of young people.
Whilst Aleph Melbourne opposes discrimination on the basis of religion we are opposed to religious values discriminating against people on the grounds of innate characteristics.
Aleph Melbourne supports all candidates who stand up for the rights of LGBTIQA+ people. We stand behind Owen Miller, as candidate with a Queer identity, who upholds the same values we stand for.”
Fusion Party candidate for Aston
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Michael Barnett OAM
Co-convenor, Aleph Melbourne
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National Secretary, Fusion Party
Owen Miller – candidate for Aston (VIC)