LGBTI equality advocates have expressed deep concern about the appointment of Nicholas Aroney to the religious freedom review chaired by former Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock.
Mr Aroney has previously advocated for a limited acceptance of Sharia law and has said religious freedom is a non-derogable or unlimited right.
Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,
"I am concerned by Nicholas Aroney's appointment because his writing makes it clear he believes religious freedom trumps other rights, including equality."
"His support for Sharia law, even in a limited form, is of deep concern given its association with extreme punishments for homosexuality."
"His belief that religious freedom is a non-derogable right that should not be limited in any way flies in the face of international law and verges on theocracy."
"I'm particularly disappointed that the Government has appointed Mr Aroney while ignoring just.equal's call for an LGBTI community representative on the panel."
"The Ruddock Review should be a balanced assessment of religious freedom, but instead the Government is stacking the Review to appease religious conservatives after the passage of marriage equality."
For a news report, click here
To see this statement on the web, click here
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668.