When the current self-appointed standard-bearer for the conservative cause Eric Abetz came into Parliament in 1994, he set his sights on legislation the then-Labor government was looking to implement to override the Tasmanian Liberal government's refusal to decriminalise homosexuality. It passed, but before that happened, Abetz was there to put out a press release stating: "Federalism perverted to allow sodomy and incest". 

"In this, the international year of the family, Labor is telling Tasmanian families that their value system is wrong."