The Catholic bishops of Victoria and the Islamic Council of Victoria have written an open letter to the Premier seeking an urgent ‘pause’ on the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 which could be brought before the Legislative Council this week.

In the letter, the bishops, along with the President of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Mr Mohamed Mohideen, express their concerns with Bill's overreach, saying that it risks criminalising conversations between children and parents, interferes with sound professional advice, and silences ministers of religion from providing personal attention for individuals freely seeking pastoral care for complex personal situations.

Bishop Greg Bennet is a signatory to the letter which you can read here:


Open Letter to the Premier 29 January 2021 (pdf)