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Airport promotes marriage equality as pollies fly in

By Charlotte Harper 7 February 2017 21

Stephen Byron and Tom Snow.

Our Federal politicians were welcomed upon their arrival at Canberra Airport for the first sitting week of the year yesterday by a sustained campaign supporting marriage equality.

It’s the second year in which Canberra Airport has run such a campaign, which will this year feature electronic signage from the Equality Campaign’s new national advertising campaign throughout the airport until February 17 (the signs were posted on Sunday with most politicians arriving yesterday ahead of sitting today).

In addition, the entire terminal will be lit in rainbow lighting on February 12 and 13.
The Airport’s statement is timed to coincide with the Senate Select Committee’s report on the Government’s draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same Sex Marriage) Bill.

Managing director of Canberra Airport Stephen Byron said the right to marry was pivotal for the wellbeing and happiness of LGBTI Australians, their families, their friends and their colleagues.

“Marriage equality is the law in 21 countries, and it is simply unfair to expect hardworking Australians, like my brother Tom [Snow], to travel to these countries to marry the person they love,” he said.

“Now is the time for our Federal politicians to show leadership. We will be reminding them every time they travel through the airport that marriage equality is a straightforward reform that allows every Australian the same opportunities in life.”

Australians for Equality Co-Chair and Canberra Airport Director Tom Snow said the campaign was directed specifically towards Federal politicians.

“The Equality Campaign reflects the overwhelming desire of two-thirds of Australians who want to see their politicians do the right thing by doing their job.

“Our politicians have the opportunity to make all Australians equal under the law this year and we will continue to remind them of this.”

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Chris Mordd Richards 6:05 pm 14 Feb 17

dungfungus said :

Chris Mordd Richards said :

dungfungus said :

Chris Mordd Richards said :

dungfungus said :

It’s all here including who you should phone etc. Lots of airports don’t allow vehicles withing 100 metres of the passenger entrance :

http://www.canberraairport.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/CA_DisabilityAccessPlan_FINAL_20May2013.pdf

What a dense and complicated document that is. I called a few people with mobility movement restrictions and their helpers to dig into this a bit more, and I am hearing the following from them:

1. Other airports do NOT require this kind of access to be arranged in advance;
2. That document outlines an onerous and overly complex procedure for handling disability access at Canberra Airport;
3. Canberra Airport may actually be in breach of national disability discrimination legislation by how they have structured this (other person’s opinon – not mine, yet).

So I have called Canberra Airport and left a message with their parking operations for someone to call me back who can speak on the record in regards to this and answer a few questions to me as a freelance journalist, they were very helpful and said someone would get back to me either this afternoon or tomorrow.

I am also looking into various federal legislation right now that covers this to understand better the discrimination provisions of the legislation and how they might impact on this situation at canberra airport too. Will let you know what I can find out either in reply again here or in a new stand alone article on here addressing this topic area.

Thanks for the PDF link though!

Thanks -no problem with the PDF link but I didn’t say that other airports require advance notification.

What I did say was other airports don’t what vehicles within 100 metres of the passenger terminal entrance and this is why:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK7N7lQn0qg

You mean like at JFK for example: https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-99dac6c1215d8810fdbd5ec85ce60c04?convert_to_webp=true

Exactly, and JFK International have details about making prior arrangements for special requirements like Canberra Airport, here:

http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-accessibility-services.html

http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-accessibility-services.html

Ok, there is obviously more to be looked into here, how many major airports have this requirement, how many don’t, etc…. Will do my research properly then re-engage on this topic in my own piece I am planning around this issue at Canberra Airport now. Thanks for the info you have provided on this.

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