The rights of LGBTQIA+ people in Australia to healthcare, education, employment and safety will be compromised by this proposed legislation.
The second draft of the Religious Freedom Bill 2019 was ironically released by Attorney-General Christian Porter & Prime Minister Scott Morrison on International Human Rights Day. This proposed legislation contravenes human rights, according to the Australian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International Australia as well as independent organisations.
This proposed legislation will override current State and Federal laws that protect LGBTQIA+ people in Australia. It will allow people who discriminate against and vilify LGBTQIA+ people to get away with it on 'grounds of religious belief' so long as it is not 'violent'. It will affect people in workplaces, hospitals and medical services, schools and public life.
This Bill does not protect all people of faith, and so it cannot represent true religious freedom. Prof. Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission has endorsed an Australian Human Rights Act instead. Please sign to protect LGBTQIA+ people in Australia.