Israel Folau launches legal action against Rugby Australia

Rugby player Israel Folau has launched legal action against Rugby Australia saying he was wrongly terminated from his employment.

The player’s legal representatives have confirmed that applications have been filed with the Fair Work Commission over the termination of his multi-million dollar contract.

Rugby Australia dismissed Folau from his employment after it ruled he had broken the player’s code of conduct when he made a post to his social media channels declaring that homosexuals, idolators, liars, adulterers, drunkards and others would go to hell unless they repented for their sins. The player had previously been warned about sharing his strict religious views online.

Last week Liberal senator Eric Abetz wrote to the Fair Work Commission imploring them to launch an investigation into Folau’s case. His legal representatives have confirmed they will be seeking a determination if their client’s contract was cancelled because of his religious beliefs, and if this action violated current laws.

Folau said he was taking the action to stand up for his beliefs and the rights of all Australians.

“I will forever be grateful and proud to have played the sport I love for our nation.

“Ours is an amazing country built on important principles, including freedom of religion. A nation made up of so many different faiths and cultural backgrounds will never be truly rich unless this freedom applies to all of us,” he said.

The messages of support we have received over these difficult few weeks have made me realise there are many Australians who feel their fundamental rights are being steadily eroded.

“No Australian of any faith should be fired for practicing their religion.” Folau said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to bring in new laws to protect people of faith from discrimination. Attorney General Christian Porter has declared it will be the government’s top priority when parliament convenes.

OIP Staff