Wednesday January 3rd 2018
EQUALITY ADVOCATES CALL FOR RUDDOCK INQUIRY SUBMISSIONS TO BE MADE PUBLIC
“It is the height of hypocrisy for an inquiry into freedom of religion, conscience and speech to keep its submissions under wraps." - Ivan Hinton-Teoh
LGBTI advocacy group, just.equal, has called for the Ruddock religious freedom inquiry to make its submissions public.
The call was made in response to a news report
that the submissions will not be released.
Just.equal spokesperson, Ivan Hinton-Teoh said,
"It's vital that the Ruddock inquiry adopt the conventional process for publicly releasing submissions if its findings are to have any credibility.”
“The misuse of religious freedom to justify discrimination is an important issue for many LGBTI Australians and we have a right to know what different interest groups are influencing our federal government."
“It is the height of hypocrisy for an inquiry into freedom of religion, conscience and speech to keep its submissions under wraps."
"The review into religious freedom could place women, people from religious minorities, interracial couples and LGBTI Australians at risk of discrimination in their day-to-day lives."
"It is astonishing that the Turnbull government would make submissions secret when this review could entirely re-shape Australian anti-discrimination law."
"It begs the question, what has the Government got to hide?"
For a news report, click here
To sign the petition, click here
For a copy of this statement on the web, click here
For more information contact Ivan Hinton-Teoh on 0419 124 826.