Lismore City Council will fly a rainbow flag in support of marriage equality and install nuclear-free signs at the entrances of the city as a result of two largely symbolic motions passed this week.
Cr Darlene Cook was successful with a motion to support marriage equality with only Cr Gianpiero Battista, a former candidate for the Fred Nile party, voting against.
The council will now write to all Federal members of Parliament and the Commonwealth Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission advising them of the council’s ongoing commitment and support for marriage equality.
Cr Cook said she moved the motion because she wants a genuine conscience vote on the issue.
With the backing of the majority of her fellow councillors, the council will now fly a rainbow flag or banner in a prominent place over the city until marriage equality is achieved.
Meanwhile, Greens councillor Vanessa Ekins also had a win with her motion to install nuclear-free signs at the entrances to the city.
The council will now write to the federal government and Page MP Kevin Hogan urging them to sign the proposed United Nations Treaty for the Banning of Nuclear Weapons Worldwide, scheduled to be signed by international governments on July 7th 2017.
‘In 1984 Council was declared a nuclear free peace zone and for many years there were signs at the entrance to the City reflecting this stance,’ she said.
‘Twenty years later council resolved to remove the signs. With the nuclear war rhetoric gaining national and international traction, it is time to make our policy known and signage at the entrances to our city is an effective tool.
The nuclear-free sign motion followed news last week that the NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro had told his recent party conference that political correctness was making politics ‘risk-averse’ and less likely to ‘look at solutions that might really benefit us in regional NSW,’ such as nuclear energy.
Mr Barilaro challenged NSW Labor leader Luke Foley to a debate over nuclear power in NSW, Foley accepted and suggested a public forum in Lismore as a debate venue.