Media ID 0207-A (LGRRC #26)
Interview with Norm Jones (13 November 1985) just prior to the vote allowing the Homosexual Reform Bill to be read a second time, and an interview with Fran Wilde (14 November 1985) on the day after the vote to send the Homosexual Law Reform Bill to it’s Second Reading
Fran Wilde, Norm Jones
Sound quality – recorded off the radio
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Extended news item (13 November 1985 - Checkpoint, National Programme) on tactics being used in Parliament to delay the vote on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill
Frances Danaher- Parliamentary debate resumes tonight.. it’ll be the fifth Wednesday evening on the debate.. delaying tactics
Norm Jones – don’t think there’ll be a vote on the second reading tonight.. stalling the Bill.. exercising our democratic right..
Danaher - The Parliamentary process works like this .. [good, brief description] .. so far five amendments have been put forward
Jones – I’ve been counting heads.. eight months down the track.. I’ve got 36 Members against .. Fran Wilde has got 34 Members to vote for.. there are 24/25 Members in between.. pressure from both sides.. some Members may have something to hide..
Jones – I still believe we can win this .. in the next few months there’ll be another seven to twelve AIDS deaths.. this’ll influence Members.. scare tactics.. it’s rough justice.. this is a war.. I’m out to defeat this thing..
Extended news item (14 November 1985 - Checkpoint, National Programme) on the successful vote taken last night in Parliament to send the Homosexual Law Reform Bill to it’s Second Reading.
Frances Danaher – Last night, a vote was called on the second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill.. 47 ayes – 32 noes
Fran Wilde – I was worried that the stalling might hold up the Bill for a few more months.. If all the Members had been present last night the margin would have been even greater..
Wilde – AIDS.. garbage being spoken in the House.. I’m most concerned about AIDS hysteria.. people must know the facts.. we need the co-operation of all public figures..
Danaher – age of consent.. anti discrimination
Wilde – The Committee Stages are going to be complicated because of the amendments .. I’d like to see it go through with no amendments