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To: Anthony Albanese
Labor Must Oppose the 'Religious Discrimination Bill'
Scott Morrison's Religious Discrimination Bill represents a serious assault on the human rights of LGBTQ people. As rank-and-file Labor members and supporters, we call on Anthony Albanese and the Federal Caucus to vote against these proposed laws, and stand against the bigotry and harm they would cause if passed.
Why is this important?
These proposed laws seek to entrench discrimination and vilification of LGBTQ people, as well as women, people with disabilities, and single parents, on the pretext of religious freedom.
The bill will:
1. Override state laws to allow any person making a ‘statement of belief’ to discriminate against queer people, women, and people with disabilities.
2. Allow religious schools to discriminate at the point of enrolment against queer students, and continue to discipline and fire queer teachers - under the guise of 'religious freedom'.
3. Prevent public health services from ensuring patients aren’t discriminated against by health practitioners exercising ‘religious freedom’.
4. Prevent universities from requiring students to meet professional standards if they object to them on religious grounds
Federal Labor has made only the mildest of technical recommendations to reform the current draft of the bill, failing to address some of the most damaging aspects of the legislation.
As Labor members, we are asked to finance, volunteer for, and otherwise fight with our MPs for our rights as working people. Our party is failing to stand up for our values, and for vulnerable communities, by supporting this bill.