December 4, 2019
Today’s settlement between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau is welcomed by Equality Australia. It draws a line under what has been a divisive and hurtful period for LGBTIQ+ people in rugby, in sport and more generally.
It proves that there is no need for a new law, especially one that would limit the right of employers to have codes of conduct which promote inclusion and diversity.
Comments attributable to Anna Brown, CEO, Equality Australia:
“Today’s settlement shows that Australia doesn’t need a Religious Discrimination Bill,”
“While the details are confidential it is clear that Rugby Australia did not back down on its support for the LGBTIQ+ community, and have indicated again that they do not agree with the damaging and hurtful statements made by Israel Folau. We commend them for standing by the principles of equality in the sport. They have taken a stand for inclusion,”
“The Religious Discrimination Bill proposed by the Commonwealth Government privileges the rights of some over others by overriding existing discrimination protections,”
“We are pleased that the Government is going back to the drawing board on its Bill but reiterate that the new and radical provisions that roll back existing rights for all Australians under the guise of religious freedom are unacceptable.”
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