Stand against a licence to discriminate

Imagine turning up to the pharmacy to buy regular your contraceptive pill and being turned away because the pharmacist doesn't believe people should use contraception.

Imagine your workmates facing no consequences if they say ‘your disability is God’s punishment for sin’, or that ‘women should not be in positions of leadership over men’.  

Attorney General Christian Porter and Scott Morrison have released Religious Discrimination legislation that could make this harm a more frequent occurrence - by allowing one person’s faith to override another person’s right to be protected from discrimination.

Current proposed provisions in this bill could increase barriers to healthcare access - including contraception, the morning-after pill, fertility treatment and abortion care. And a 'no consequences clause' would open avenues for attack on women, LGBTIQ+ people, minority faith communities and people with disabilities.

Will you speak out against this plan? Together we can show the parliament who will vote on this legislation that voters oppose a licence to discriminate and want laws to protect everyone equally. Will you sign the petition to join the campaign?

This petition is being run by Fair Agenda in partnership with Equality Australia and Democracy in Colour.

 

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Under proposed 'conscientious objection' provisions - any patient’s right to timely and unbiased healthcare would become less important than a health practitioner’s personal religious beliefs about a given procedure. And professional guidelines or employer policies that sought to ensure patients' access to procedures they need would be open to challenge, creating enormous complexity and uncertainty for health services, and making it easier for doctors with religious beliefs to not only refuse to provide care themselves, but also to refuse to provide information about where patients can access unbiased advice.

Help us get to 5,000 signatures

2,836 SIGNATURES

Dear Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other Members of Parliament, 

Discrimination causes incredible harm - to physical and mental health, and to an individual’s sense of acceptance and belonging. 

Given that, we strongly support amending laws so all people – including people of faith – are protected from harm. 

We need laws that ensure people of faith, women and LGBTIQ+ people are equally protected from discrimination and harm. 

That means laws that provide a shield of protection to those who need it, but that don’t hand organisations or individuals a license to discriminate against and attack others. 

We know that LGBTIQ+ people and women are the most likely to be negatively impacted by religious anti-discrimination laws which don’t get this balance right. 

We strongly urge you and every Member of Parliament, to consult with all potential affected communities and ensure everyone is equally protected. 

Signed,

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Alessandra , 2009  /  signed 2019-10-13 09:58:37 +1100
Anita , 3500  /  signed 2019-10-13 08:46:29 +1100
"Religion and politics should not overlap ever."
Shellie , 4101  /  signed 2019-10-13 02:05:48 +1100
Shoba , 6170.  /  signed 2019-10-13 00:37:37 +1100
Maggie , 6169  /  signed 2019-10-13 00:36:22 +1100
"Dont step backwards into ignorance bigotry. Keep our laws fair and equitable for EVERYONE!"
Meghala , 6170  /  signed 2019-10-12 23:38:47 +1100
"My body, my choices. There is no place for religion, anyone’s religion in the running of this country. If you cannot keep the running of this country and your religion separate then perhaps you need another profession. Religion does not belong in politics or schools or even in daily life except as someones personal choice."
Kat , 4304  /  signed 2019-10-12 23:07:22 +1100
"Religious discrimination is unacceptable. People should keep their beliefs to their homes and churches, NOT in public policy, workplaces or schools."
jackie , 6502  /  signed 2019-10-12 15:54:50 +1100
Gabrielle , 3030  /  signed 2019-10-12 10:46:45 +1100
"Patient care is of upmost importance. Religious beliefs can still be respected while providing healthcare. Why change it?"
Sapphire , 6062  /  signed 2019-10-12 09:49:12 +1100
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