Campaign directed against conversion therapy ban as Tasmania seeks to ban the practice

A targeted campaign is running in Tasmania against plans to ban conversion therapy, including a Liberal MP organizing an upcoming event at Parliament House challenging the move.

Conversion therapy survivors and LGBTIQA+ groups argue the campaign fundamentally misrepresents the proposed laws, which would see Tasmania join Victoria, Queensland and the ACT in banning the practices.

Liberal MP Lara Alexander will host a Free Speech Alliance event at Parliament House on November 23 titled Conversion Therapy Laws: Risks and Harms?

An email invitation for the event sent to Tasmanian MPs urges them to attend “in the interest of free speech, open and fair debate”.

The email, from activist Isla MacGregor, promotes it as a “forum on controversial changes to Tasmanian law being proposed by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute on the subject of so-called ‘conversion therapy’.”

“The forum will offer testimonials from those who have been adversely affected by similar laws along with experts who will show the great danger such laws pose to best practices of care and freedom of expression. You will be able to hear personally from people who have not had the opportunity to be heard in this very contentious and serious debate in Tasmania,” he says.

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