Anti-Discrimination Laws

Attorney General Robert McClelland and Minister for Finance and Deregulation Penny Wong launched a public discussion paper on Sept 22, 2011 to seek community views on the consolidation of Federal antidiscrimination laws. Senator Wong said: “As part of this project, the Government is also delivering on its commitment to introduce prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The Australian Sex Party is drafting a submission and has Christians in its sights. It is calling for people to come to them with stories of religious groups that have discriminated against them based on their sexuality and is asking people to comment on whether they think religions should be allowed to discriminate. They want to include these stories in their submission.

 For discussion paper: http://www.ag.gov.au/antidiscrimination

Submissions should be sent to the Attorney-General’s Department via email: antidiscrimination@ag.gov.au (preferred method), fax: 02 6141 4925 or mailed to:

Assistant Secretary
International Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Branch
Attorney-General’s Department
Robert Garran Offices
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600

The submissions will inform the development of exposure draft legislation, which will be released for further public consultation in early 2012. Submissions on the discussion paper can be made until 1 February 2012.

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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C-Fam Petition

The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam)is concerned with the United Nations led radical youth which is supported by the UN Population Fund. The youth wrote a document that it wants the UN to adopt. The document called for the redefinition of gender, comprehensive sexuality education and safe abortion. C-Fam warns that the document may be accepted by the UN General Assembly in two weeks.

Action: C-Fam is hoping to get 50,000 signatures that it can present to the UN in two weeks time.

They have two petitions, one for those who are 30 years and younger and those over 30. As at Sept 16, 14,291 people had signed.

To sign either of the petitions and to find out more: http://www.c-fam.org/youth/lid.2/default.asp

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POSTED 17 Sep 2010
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