Exclusive Brethren apologise for election ads
Two Tasmanian members of the reclusive religious sect, the Exclusive Brethren, have publicly apologised for ads published in the lead- up to the last state election.
The ads – entitled A Genuine Concern – attacked the policies of the Tasmanian Greens regarding transgender and intersex issues, and will be the subject of an Anti- Discrimination Tribunal hearing in Hobart next week.
And while the hearing is still expected to take place next week, two members of the Brethren involved in publishing the ads – Roger Unwin and Graham Lewis – have today published an advertisement in Tasmania’s three newspapers apologising for any offence caused by the ads.
The apology, published today in Tasmania’s three daily newspapers, followed a conciliation suggested by the state’s anti-discrimination tribunal following a complaint by Martine Delaney.
Exclusive Brethren members were involved in the publication of a 2006 state election advertisement attacking transgender and intersex people.
Ms Delaney said the ads stated that Greens support for transgender and intersex people would “ruin families and society” and she complained.
The apology was issued by Exclusive Brethren members, Roger Unwin and Graham Lewis, and a shell company set up to pay for the ads, TradTas.
A Tasmanian transgender activist has won an apology from Exclusive Brethren members after the 2006 publication of state election advertisements attacking transgender and intersex people.
The apology will appear in three Tasmanian newspapers tomorrow, The Examiner, The Advocate and The Mercury and is the result of a settlement of an anti-discrimination case, running for three years.
Martine Delaney took members of the Exclusive Brethren religious group to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal in 2006 over and a series of advertisements she says caused hurt and offence to the community.