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 think you should be having sex outside of marriage. 

Imagine being refused help at a fertility clinic because the doctor doesn’t think same sex couples should raise children. 

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’.  

The Attorney General and Scott Morrison are finalising a Religious Discrimination Bill right now 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. Together, we can stop the worst parts of this bill from becoming a frightening reality.

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.

Together we can show the Morrison Government that voters oppose this licence to discriminate and want laws to protect everyone equally. The proposed bill is still being finalised by the Government, which means it's vital those of us who care about women's protection from harm and equal protections for all to speak up. 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 any given health matter. Any professional guidelines or employer policies that sought to ensure patients' access to care 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


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. 


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Adele , 6008  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:37:09 +1000
"Religious rights should not be enshrined at the expense of human rights. Whether people are women and identify with the LGBTIQ+ community should not call into question their right to enjoy human rights in Australia or anywhere in the world. Our Federal government owes us better than to lead us into being a backward country of discriminatory practice."
Margaret , 2478  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:36:31 +1000
"There is no place in Australia for a ‘religious discrimination act’. People have a choice when it comes to religion, they do not have a choice when it comes to race, gender, or culture. People of faith should not expect a government to legislate for them to have the right to be a bigot."
Emma , 6065  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:36:06 +1000
"Emma Grantham"
Elizabeth , 2110  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:34:20 +1000
Helene , 4209  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:34:11 +1000
Linda , 2612  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:33:47 +1000
Donna , 3136  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:33:14 +1000
Lorraine , 2041  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:31:55 +1000
"We do not need a religious discrimination act my view is that the current discussion implies a lack of leadership in the country that has allowed this debate to become unhelpful to the community."
Lyn , 2153  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:31:10 +1000
"I do not want laws that allow the right to discriminate."
Bernadette , 2024  /  signed 2019-07-04 15:31:05 +1000
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