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Straight-talking Katter revisits laws to protect 'gendered language'

Decision 2020

Katter’s United Party will reintroduce laws protecting people who use gendered language from prosecution to Queensland parliament.

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KAP leader Robbie Katter says the laws, which were rejected by the major parties and the Greens in August, will give legal protection to people who want to use the words he, she, man, woman or mankind.

He says the laws are aimed particularly at workplaces, schools and universities and he’s called on both Labor and the Liberal National Party to back the bill ahead of the October 31 state election.

“We are getting to the point where there are increasingly hostile and intolerant elements of society that demand everyday people bow down to their agendas under the guise of political correctness,” Katter said.

“Our language and our rights are being removed by stealth and what the KAP is doing is attempting to put a stop to this.”

He rejected claims that the proposed laws will allow discrimination against people who don’t identify as traditionally male or female.

Katter said the bill will not affect the ability of non-gendered people to call themselves whatever they want.

However, he said people should be able to use gendered language if they want to without facing legal consequences.

“You cannot fight discrimination by discriminating in the reverse and I just refuse to sit by while radical ideologists suggest otherwise,” the KAP leader said.

“Without the protections we have been fighting for, every day people can and will be subject to the enforcement of new language conventions – whether they like it or not.”

The KAP currently holds three seats in north and northwest Queensland and are gunning for another 10 regional seats.

Queenslanders go to the polls on October 31.

-AAP

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