Our laws should protect all of us, equally, no matter who we are, whom we love, or what we believe.
But the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill is a step backwards, that would wind back hard-fought protections for LGBTIQ+ people, women, people with disability, and even people of faith.
The draft laws contain provisions that will undermine everyone’s right to live in dignity and respect, compromising access to judgement-free healthcare and inclusive workplaces and schools.
Will you write to your MP asking them to oppose this dangerous bill?
Stuck for words? Here are some key talking points you can write about:
- If passed, the bill will have a chilling effect, meaning that people who experience discrimination at work, at school, or when accessing services will be less likely to call out comments that are offensive, insulting or demeaning.
- The ‘statements of belief’ provisions will mean that harmful statements that constitute discrimination today, will be protected by law. Things like a medical professional telling a person living with HIV that AIDS is a punishment from God, or a support worker telling a person with disability that their disability is caused by the devil.
- The bill also includes a new provision that will bolster the ability of religious schools to refuse to hire staff that affirm and support LGBT people, single parents, or people who are divorced or in de-facto relationships.