National lobby group, Just Equal Australia have called on Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek to clarify Labor’s position on the Religious Discrimination Bill.
Earlier today, spokesperson Brian Greig described Tanya Plibersek’s comments on the Bill as ambiguous.
“Ms Plibersek has said Labor will not be giving support to any proposals that see increased discrimination being allowed against members of the community.”
But Brian Greig said the Bill does propose fewer protections for a number of groups.
“Why has Labor failed to acknowledge this?”
He further stated that the Bill overrides state and federal anti-discrimination laws to allow discrimination against LGBTQ+ teachers and other workers.
“Why Labor has failed to denounce this?”
Greig said the Bill also gives special legal privilege for religious people to say harmful things about women, people with disability, LGBTIQ+ people, those from minority faiths, and people with no religious faith
Earlier, as Deputy Opposition Leader, Ms Plibersek told The Guardian in 2018:
“I see a real problem with how the government’s proposed religious discrimination law overrides state legislation.
“The inclusion of a specific clause that overrides Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act would be difficult for the opposition to support.”
Overrides existing protections
But Mr Greig said the Bill does override Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act to allow humiliating, insulting, ridiculing and offensive conduct.
“It also overrides existing anti-discrimination protections in Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.
“Does this mean Labor will vote against the Bill? Why is it silent on this?”
Mr Greig said Labor’s failure to denounce discrimination and take a firm stance should concern LGBTIQ+ voters.
“We must know where Labor stands on the substantive issues.”
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