Making sure anti-discrimination laws protect everyone.

For decades Australia has been making progress towards becoming a more fair, equal and inclusive society for all, and we must resist any efforts that would take us backwards or create fear and division.

There is a threat that new laws which should protect religious people from discrimination will be used to hand a license to discriminate against LGBTIQ+ people to conservative religious groups.

What is the issue?

The Morrison government is expected to make changes to anti-discrimination laws broadening protections from discrimination based on religious belief.

Religious conservatives, including from within the parliament, are pushing for this change to include provisions which protect people who express anti-LGBTIQ+ views or refuse service to LGBTIQ+ people from facing any negative consequences.

While people of faith should be protected from discrimination, nobody should be given a license to discriminate against LGBTIQ+ people.

Under current laws religious organisation are exempt for laws which protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. This means they can discriminate against LGBTQ people in employment or service delivery. Many of these organisation, such as schools, hospitals and welfare organisations, are providing essential government services. These exemptions need to go.

We know that the Australian community want to protect LGBTIQ+ people from the harm caused by discrimination have an expectation that government services will be provided to everyone.

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Equality Australia is proud to be working in close partnership with more than 150 community organisations and advocates on how we can work together to make sure that any proposed laws in the name of religion protect people of faith without winding back protections from discrimination for LGBTIQ+ people or women. If you work for a community organisation and want to be kept in the loop with more detailed updates on our campaign – including how to sign onto our joint statements – please email us at and tell us a bit about you and your organisation

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