Highest ever public submissions received on law proposing conversion therapy ban

Leah Panapa 15/09/2021

LISTEN: A record number of submissions on the bill to ban conversion therapy made their way to Parliament’s Justice Select Committee during the four week window of opportunity.

The bill sets out to ban the practice of attempting to convert someone's sexuality.

106,700 submissions were made - the highest number of submissions ever received on a bill in New Zealand.

It received three times more submissions than for the End of Life Choice Bill and five times more than The Marriage Amendment Bill, which made same-sex marriage legal in 2013.

Shaneel Lal, founder of End Conversion Therapy Aotearoa New Zealand and a survivor of conversion therapy, believes the outcome will be a majority in favour of banning conversion therapy.

The Justice Select Committee has formed two subcommittees for the initial hearings on the bill.

The total number of submissions is expected to be confirmed in a few weeks. 

It is now up to Labour Party members, Lal said, who have a majority in the justice select committee and the House, to put forward strong legislation.

"What we need to accept at this point is whatever the Labour Party puts forward will pass," Lal told Magic Talk.

Listen to the full interview with Shaneel Lal above.

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