Business Leaders Call on the Government to Deliver Marriage Equality

16 March 2017

   

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS LEADERS CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER MARRIAGE EQUALITY

 

  • Australian business leaders have personally signed a joint letter to the PM in support of civil marriage equality.
  • The PM and the Government have the strong support of Australian leaders to deliver civil marriage equality reform without delay.

 

The Equality Campaign has today released a joint personal letter from business leaders in support of civil marriage equality which calls on the Federal Government to resolve this straightforward reform.

“Two-thirds of the nation supports this reform. We ask that the Australian Parliament delivers civil marriage equality so that our nation can move forward together and be a fair and equal place for all to work and live their lives,” said Janine Middleton of The Equality Campaign.

“The message to the Prime Minister and the Government is that you have the support of business leaders across the nation to pass marriage equality,” Mrs Middleton said.

Mrs Middleton, a former Managing Director of J.P. Morgan, said marriage equality is good for employees, good for customers, good for business and good for our nation.

“Business leaders across Australia support marriage equality because they support their staff and customers being treated equally. A modern inclusive workplace where every person has the same status and standing is critical to the success of our nation.

“All employees should have the opportunity to perform to the best of the potential and this happens when employees feel comfortable and equal in their workplace and their lives.

“Australia’s global reputation as a welcoming and inclusive nation helps attract and retain talent and foreign investment. Attracting the best and the brightest is essential to our nation’s future and this can only happen when we have a national legal framework that promotes equality for all.

“The businesses that embrace workplace diversity and inclusion are more innovative and successful because they realise the personal well-being and happiness of their people is fundamental.

"Marriage Equality will not change anything for the vast majority of Australians, however will make a profound difference to the status and dignity of many,” Mrs Middleton concluded.

MEDIA: Clint McGilvray 0413 285 186 or Mike Fairbairn 0448 524 731

Additional Quotes:

Mark Bernhard, Managing Director and Chairman, Holden:

“We are very proud to have been the first automotive company in Australia to support marriage equality. As a business, and as a team of diverse people, we are committed to lending our voice in support of equal rights for our community.

“Pledging our support for marriage equality is a sign of our continuing commitment to ensuring Holden remains a progressive, diverse and inclusive organisation for our customers and employees."

Tracey Fellows, CEO, REA Group:

“We are proud to support marriage equality, we believe that equality is everyone’s basic human right. Working in an environment where people feel comfortable to make whatever choices are right for them creates a culture of diversity and inclusion. It’s cultures like these that foster creativity and often where the very best ideas are formed."

“We often refer to the “REA Family” and it really does feel like a family. People bring their personal lives to work with them every day. That is how they can do and be their best. We want our people, irrespective of their personal beliefs or sexual orientation, to feel respected and embraced for who they are. Having equal rights in marriage is an important part of that.”

Todd Greenberg, CEO, National Rugby League (NRL):

“One of our core values at the NRL is inclusiveness.” 

“As a sport, we celebrate diversity and aim to support building more inclusive communities – whether that be through our multicultural programs, Indigenous programs, Women In League round or support of the campaign for marriage equality."

“Enabling loving, committed couples to be married, regardless of their sexual orientation, will help create a more inclusive Australia and as a CEO, that is something I want to support.”

Tim Reed, CEO, MYOB:

“It is only by accepting and supporting all Australians for who they are, that each individual can flourish and realise their full potential. In a competitive global business environment, nothing is more important than having people be able to be the best that they can be – anything less is just bad business. I’m proud that MYOB supports team members regardless of their sexual orientation, and I call on politicians from all parties to do likewise.”

 

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