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Rodney Croome: No more Labor excuses over religious discrimination

Rodney Croome: No more Labor excuses over religious discrimination

OPINION Labor has given numerous excuses for not yet opposing the Religious Discrimination Bill. Here’s why they are all nonsense. We’ve seen it all before…Labor is divided over an LGBTIQ issue so it concocts talking points to deflect attention. It happened when marriage equality first became an issue. To defend its support for Howard’s same-sex […]

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Fact Sheets explain what religious discrimination bill will do in Tasmania

Fact Sheets explain what religious discrimination bill will do in Tasmania

Equality Tasmania has released two new fact sheets about the adverse impact of the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill on Tasmania with the aim of encouraging Tasmanians to make their views known to the Federal Government. Advocates say Tasmania is singled-out for special ill-treatment under the Religious Discrimination Bill because it has stronger discrimination protections than […]

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OPINION: The Religious Discrimination Bill is Worse Than You’ve Heard

OPINION: The Religious Discrimination Bill is Worse Than You’ve Heard

OPINION: Alastair Lawrie, Senior Policy Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre Anti-discrimination laws have an increasingly important role to play in our modern, pluralistic society. They support the ability of people to get on with their lives, free from the threat of mistreatment in employment, education and the delivery of goods and services. They underpin our […]

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Plibersek says there are problems with the religious discrimination proposal

Plibersek says there are problems with the religious discrimination proposal

Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek says there are “real problems” with the government’s proposed religious discrimination act, particularly the section which will override state based discrimination laws. Appearing on the ABC’s Insiders program Plibersek said the Labor party was committed to ensuring religious discrimination did not occur but would find it difficult to back the current proposal […]

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Shelley Argent says ‘open season’ has been declared on LGBTIQ youth

OPINION | Shelley Argent is the National Spokesperson of PFLAG Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  As National Spokesperson for parents with LGBTIQ sons and daughters, I ask “Who will protect them, our sons and daughters? What are their rights?” We hear about the needs of the religious, but what about their freedoms and […]

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Poll shows Australians don’t support religious bodies right to discriminate

Poll shows Australians don’t support religious bodies right to discriminate

A Galaxy / YouGov poll, commissioned by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has revealed that 63% of Australians do not believe religious organisations should have the right to discriminate against LGBTIQ people, unmarried mothers, divorcees and de facto partners. The figure rises to 68%, including 48% of people who are strongly […]

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Concern that religious freedom legislation has been leaked

Concern that religious freedom legislation has been leaked

Conservative group Family Voice Australia has reportedly emailed its members detailed information about the government’s planned religious freedom legislation indicating that the proposed legislation has been leaked. The Star Observer discovered that the group’s leader Charles Newington emailed their members outlining the specific legislation details. “Three pieces of legislation are to be introduced: a Religious Discrimination Bill; […]

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Rex Patrick asks if religious debate shows Australians are too sensitive

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has asked if calls for religious freedom legislation are trying to solve the perception of a problem, rather than actual problem. In a new interview with Guardian Australia, the South Australian senator says the problem might be that Australians are just becoming “too sensitive” about things. If the Labor party ends up […]

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Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

LGBTI equality advocates have welcomed a commitment from federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, that proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws will not interfere with existing state and territory discrimination protections. But they remain concerned about “the devil in the detail” of federal legislation, and have called on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to give an iron-clad […]

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Religious discrimination laws might make Chaplaincy program illegal

Religious discrimination laws might make Chaplaincy program illegal

Constitutional law expert, Associate Professor Luke Beck from Monash University, has highlighted that the introduction of religious discrimination laws might put the government’s school chaplaincy program on the wrong side of the law. Speaking to ABC radio in Perth on Tuesday the academic said the Chaplaincy program, which is only open to Christian applicants, may […]

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