Australia Condemns Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill | Australia has joined the growing international backlash against St. Petersburg, Russia’s anti-gay propaganda bill, which passed a second reading last week. The measure would impose fines of over $15,000 on groups or individuals that “promote” homosexuality and pedophilia to minors. Western Australian ALP senator Louise Pratt “co-sponsored a motion to the Australian Senate last week condemning the laws.” “I am very pleased that the Australian Government has made representations to the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly regarding Australia’s concerns about its bill to ban the promotion of homosexuality,” she said last week. “I know there are a great many people that have raised their voices in a worldwide campaign to stop these laws. They have been calling on foreign governments to raise their concerns with the St. Petersburg Legislature, just as the Australian Government has done.” The U.S. State Department has also spoken out against the bill.