Speech on marriage equality by Senator John Faulkner at 46th ALP National Conference 2011, Darling Harbour, 3 December 2011

OII Australia applauds Labor Senator John Faulkner for his speech and its resounding words about human rights, made on Saturday 3rd December during Labor’s National Conference.

Senator John Faulkner: Marriage Equality - 46th ALP National Conference 2011 - click to read the speech transcript.

Senator John Faulkner: Marriage Equality - 46th ALP National Conference 2011 - click to read the speech transcript.

Human rights can never be at the mercy of individual opinions or individual prejudices.

They are not privileges to be extended to one person and denied to another according to the winds of popular opinion or the whims of the government of the day.

They are inherent in each and every one of us, quite simply because we are human.

It is not for governments to grant human rights, but to recognise and protect them.

And it is not for any of us to approve of human rights – only to choose whether to respect or to ignore them. …