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

2,802 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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John , 2031  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:22:20 +1000
Meredith , 3121  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:21:25 +1000
"Religion should not be allowed to be used as an excuse to disrespect others. Just as those of faith expect the full respect of the community, religious groups should fully respect other groups in society, not hide behind religion as an excuse for indecent human behaviour."
Kim , 2444  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:21:20 +1000
Brian , 7053  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:20:52 +1000
Tash , 3227  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:19:21 +1000
Margar , 3197  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:19:05 +1000
Mary-Ann , 5007  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:16:49 +1000
Jim , 2281  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:16:48 +1000
"I grew up a fundamentalist Protestant in Australia. There was never any discrimination back then – over 50 years ago – nor is there now. Be a Happy-clapper if you want BUT let paedophile priests or anti-euthanasia policies or be anti-abortion and try and force your thinking into the political spectrum – that’s where we need protection from the religious fanatics. I said good-bye to my narrow fundamentalist beliefs over 50 years ago. Do not try and narrow our nation now. The LNP government and vested interest supporters are twisting the agenda of a fair and democratic society. I guess we’ll be burning witches shortly given the rate at which the narrow-minded straight-jacket thinking is progressing in these darkening times."
Georgie , 3055  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:16:33 +1000
Jennifer , 4067  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:16:09 +1000
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