CM – The Star Observer firmly rejects the proposed Law against Religious Discrimination


As advocates of the LGBTQI community since 1979, we believe this bill will cause permanent damage to our communities, especially our most vulnerable.

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The Religious Discrimination Act was created in response to overwhelming national support for marriage equality in the 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Behind it is now the Australian Christian lobby that led the indictment against the “No” campaign.

To quote the liberal NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet: “We haven’t had it (Religious Discrimination Bill) for over 100 years second hand. Why now? « 

What this bill actually does is a right to discrimination and it will undermine existing protections for LGBTQI people.

One of the most worrying aspects of this bill is the protection of » statements of faith « .

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Health practitioners and teachers could make anti-LGBTQI statements on social media under the guise of « freedom of religion » and will not face disciplinary action from professional associations that are experts in their respective fields.

The bill will do so to religious schools and schools Institutions such as hospitals and elderly care facilities allow only religious staff to be employed, even though the clients of these facilities are of different faith (or none).

To quote Anna Brown, CEO of Equality Australia: “What constitutes discrimination today is becoming be lawful tomorrow and allow people to say harmful, offensive and degrading things. Things like a health worker telling a person with HIV that AIDS is a punishment from God, or a person with disabilities that their disability was caused by the devil. ”

This bill must be defeated. Time is running out. We can’t get complacent. Protection against discrimination and bigotry is not enough.

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