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 a Religious Discrimination Bill 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.

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

Will you join the campaign to stop this legislation becoming law? Together we can show the Senators who will decide whether this legislation becomes law - 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

3,302 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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Peter , 6009  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:41:52 +1000
Peter , 5006  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:39:44 +1000
"peter mciver"
Karen , 2617  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:39:38 +1000
"Faith is a personal matter and our constitution already guarantees freedom of religion. There is no need, and no-one is asking for, the right to discriminate against anyone else on the basis of religious faith. Fear of other ways of life is not sufficient justification for changes to Australian laws."
Robert , 2086  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:38:40 +1000
"Robert Coenraads"
John , 3782  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:38:16 +1000
Beth , 4223  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:36:59 +1000
Undine , 3199  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:33:18 +1000
Janice , 4054  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:32:22 +1000
"Janice Graham"
Harshini , 0870  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:30:27 +1000
"No one should be able to hide behind their religion so they can cause harm to others"
Adrian , 4215  /  signed 2019-07-04 16:29:49 +1000
"People of all faiths should be allowed to practice but not given special immunity or privileges because of their faith to publicly insult, humiliate or harass others (such as LGBTI+ people or those legally exercising reproductive services)."
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