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Proposed federal discrimination laws do not go far enough

Posted by Secular on November 20, 2012

Good news: ‘Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity would be outlawed nationally under a proposed overhaul of federal discrimination laws.’

But wait . . . ‘An exemption that currently allows faith-based aged-care providers to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity would be removed, but other religious exemptions would continue.’

These are proposed laws, by the way, not yet in force, and so as of writing this piece it is still legal for religious aged-care providers to discriminate!

Worse, there are NO plans to disallow other religious service providers from discriminating!

Meanwhile, the ACL is pleased that ‘the Government had honoured its commitment to retain protections for religious freedom’ (over and above protecting people with inherent characteristics).

In the light of all we’ve been hearing and continue to hear with respect to the Royal Commission, this is sickening.

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