PM snubs ACL conference after smoking harm likened to gay marriage

ACL head Jim Wallace told a University of Tasmania debate on marriage equality with Greens leader Christine Milne that homosexuality reduced life expectancy more than smoking and should therefore be discouraged.

The comments prompted Ms Gillard to boycott the group’s October conference where she was due to give an address.

"To compare the health effects of smoking cigarettes with the many struggles gay and lesbian Australians endure in contemporary society is heartless and wrong.”

Ms Gillard said everyone was entitled to their view but