Australia’s deputy Prime Minister has not explored the problem of ‘gay cure therapy’

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Speaking to the National Press Club in Canberra on Thursday, the leader of the National Party was asked for his thoughts on gay ‘cure’ therapy, which is still not forbidden in the country. The state of Victoria is the only part of Australia which has already legally banned so-called ‘conversion’ practices performed on children. “I will be perfectly honest… I have not really looked into it enough to really make a view on it one way or the other,” McCormack said. Though he had not explored the issue yet, he swore to fill the gaps and to learn as much as possible about ‘gay cure therapy’ in the nearest future. Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory are considering enacting laws to crack down on the practice, which has been proven to be harmful and ineffective. More than 33,000 people have signed a petition started by a victim of gay ‘cure’ therapy which calls on the PM Malcolm Turnbull and the Minister for Health, Ken Wyatt, to “condemn conversion therapy and outlaw the practice for minors.” But though McCormack called the issue “important for those people that it affects,” he said people in his community were “more interested in making sure there are jobs there, making sure there’s downward pressure on the cost of living.”

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