Monday February 17th 2020
CALL ON ALBANESE TO FOLLOW BARR'S LEAD AND CONDEMN RELIGIOUS DISCRIM BILL
"It's time for Labor to stand up for the minorities who will suffer increased discrimination and denigration, to stand up for values like inclusion and equality, and to stand up for its own anti-discrimination legacy." - Rodney Croome
LGBTIQ equality advocates have called on federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, to follow the lead of ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr
, and condemn the Religious Discrimination Bill.
Spokesperson for national LGBTIQ advocacy group, just.equal, Rodney Croome, said
"We welcome Andrew's Barr's truth-telling about the dangers of the Religious Discrimination Bill and call on Anthony Albanese and other Labor leaders to follow Mr Barr's lead."
"The Religious Discrimination Bill rolls back existing discrimination protections at a federal, state and territory level, most of which are a Labor legacy."
"The Bill will also allow increased discrimination and denigration against people who have traditionally fallen foul of religious dogma, including LGBTIQ people, people with disability, religious and racial minorities, and Indigenous people."
"It's time for Labor to stand up for the minorities who will suffer increased discrimination and denigration, to stand up for values like inclusion and equality, and to stand up for its own anti-discrimination legacy."
Mr Croome said Labor leaders like Anthony Albanese, Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and West Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, must all speak out against the bill.
"By giving religious views special legal privileges the Religious Discrimination Bill threatens to return Australia to a time when competing religious leaders denounced vulnerable social groups and each other in a race to the bottom of the cesspit of sectarianism."
For a report on Andrew Barr's comment, click here
For this statement on th web, click here
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668