Anti-Discrimination Law Changes – Act Now

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Let’s have the same law for everybody and put an end to discriminatory special ‘religious’ privileges

The Senate Committee looking at the government’s plans for an overhaul of anti-discrimination law has recommended that half the religious exemptions in current law should be scrapped. The Catholic Church and the Australian Christian Lobby are fighting strongly against losing their special privileges. YOU can fight FOR the changes. Here’s how and why.

Petition

GetUp! are marshalling a campaign to get the recommended changes to anti-discrimination law passed. Please sign their petition – you  only have a day or two, because it’s being presented to Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus on Monday. Click here to sign, and send an email to your MP.

Write

You can also write  to the papers supporting the changes. Here’s the addresses.

Talkback

The Australian Christian Lobby are already scaremongering about this, so it will be a hot topic on talkback over the next few days. To make sure our side get our view across,  click here to “like” the GetUp Facebook page, then check the page to keep up with when and where the lines are open. Post on the page when you hear anti-discrimination laws being discussed so others can join in.

Background

The Senate Committee looking at the government’s plans for an overhaul of anti-discrimination law has recommended that half the religious exemptions in current law should be scrapped.

If the recommendations are accepted, religious-owned businesses, such as adoption agencies, hospitals, housing services, clinics, schools, employment agencies, even breakfast cereal maker Sanitarium, will no longer be allowed to say “there’s no room at the inn” to people they don’t like. They will no longer be able to turn away de factos, single mums, gays and lesbians, and people of other faiths.

These apartheid-style laws were scrapped in Tasmania in 1998 and here have been no problems.

The recommendations aren’t perfect: religious-owned businesses will still be allowed to refuse to employ people who offend their religious sensibilities, such as people of other faiths, single mums, de factos etc etc etc

Tasmania did away with this segregationism in 1998 and they have operated here without difficulty since, so any objection to this is a furphy.

Please sign the petition – you  only have a day or two, because it’s being presented to Attorney General Mark Dreyfus on Tuesday.  Click here to sign, and send an email to your MP. Write to the papers. Join the GetUp Facebook page and watch out for talkback coverage.

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About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years.

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