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

3,315 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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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
Glenn , 6171  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:16:08 +1000
Gregory , 4501  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:15:37 +1000
Victor , 6163  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:15:33 +1000
"As a non-white Australian, atheist and supporter of LGBTIQ+ people, I am concerned about the proposed RDA and it creating a right to discriminate. I want laws to protect people of faith or non-faith, women, LBTIQ+ and such."
David , 2795  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:14:11 +1000
"if you are examining these laws to ensure that a minority is not discriminated against, please look at it from all points of view to make sure that it does not lead to another minority being discriminated against."
Robert , 4059  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:12:21 +1000
Judit , 3075  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:12:02 +1000
William , 4883  /  signed 2019-07-04 13:11:16 +1000
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