Friday May 8th 2020
NEW CAMPAIGN AGAINST RELIGIOUS BIAS BILL URGES SUPPORT FOR FRONT-LINE WORKERS, NOT DISCRIMINATION
"The pandemic is a time when we should unite in the face of a common problem, not further divide the community as this Bill would." - Shelley Argent
A new campaign against the Religious Freedom Bill
highlights how, if enacted, it would allow discrimination against front-line workers and limit access to health care.
The Bill has been criticised as "a license to discriminate" in the name of religion, including allowing demeaning workplace comments and permitting the refusal of health care.
The campaign is being run jointly by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and just.equal.
PFLAG spokesperson, Shelley Argent, said,
"The Religious Freedom Bill would allow discrimination against some LGBTIQ+ front-line health workers."
"My gay son is being applauded for his paramedic work in Britian but could face discrimination doing the same work in his home country of Australia if this Bill is enacted."
"The Bill would also make it harder to access health care by allowing discrimination against all those groups who fall foul of traditional religious beliefs, including LGBTIQ people, people with disability and women."
"The pandemic is a time when we should unite in the face of a common problem, not further divide the community as this Bill would."
A supporter of the Bill, Senator Eric Abetz, has said it will be introduced in 2021, although just.equal spokepserson, Rodney Croome, said this could be as early as August .
"We don't know exactly when the Bill will be introduced, but there are rumours it could be as early as August", Mr Croome said.
"What we can be certain about is that it will return and when it does it will mean more discrimination, not less."
The new campaign allows supporters of equality to write to federal politicians calling for the Bill to be scrapped in light of the pandemic.
To see the campaign:
For this sttaement on the web, click here
For more information contact Shelley Argent on 0409 363 335 or Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668.