Sydney MP encourages Mardi Gras attendees to fight for equality, reject religious freedoms bill

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich says this year's Mardi Gras festivities should campaign for equality after expressing his distaste with the religious freedoms bill.

Alex Greenwich is encouraging all Mardi Gras attendees to keep fighting for equality while condemning the "deliberately undermining" religious freedoms bill.

Alex Greenwich is encouraging all Mardi Gras attendees to keep fighting for equality while condemning the "deliberately undermining" religious freedoms bill. Source: AAP/Getty Images

Mardi Gras should further the campaign for equality and love, in opposition of the federal government's religious freedoms bill, a Sydney MP says.

Independent NSW MP Alex Greenwich on Friday expressed his dissatisfaction with the federal government's religious freedoms bill for "deliberately undermining" Australian values.

"I have never seen a bill that so deliberately undermines Australia's values of fairness and equality," Mr Greenwich said in a statement.

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Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore take part in the 38th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore take part in the 38th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Source: AAP


"We must never stop marching. We owe it to those who fought for the rights we enjoy today to fight for the equality of future generations."

Oxford Street in Sydney's CBD will on Saturday come alive with glitter and lights for the annual LGBT festival and parade, expected to attract thousands.

Parade creative director Kat Hopper said this year's "What Matters" theme seeks to stoke debate around social justice, trans rights, sustainability, climate change and love.



"The 2020 Mardi Gras's float is a powerful and creative protest for the world we live in, it draws attention to climate and sustainability. It's built with love by our community out of recycled materials," Ms Hopper told reporters on Friday.

Of the 191 floats in the parade, several will focus on climate change while Australia's bushfire crisis "heroes" will be front and centre.



"These queer first responders and their allies from the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue and the State Emergency Services will take to Oxford Street for the moment in the spotlight they so deserve," Ms Hopper said.

"I cannot wait to hear the crowd roar to this."


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Published 29 February 2020 at 6:54am