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Religious Discrimination Bill - QPLC Submission
This submission prepared by the Quaker Peace and Legislation Committee was sent in response to the invitation from the Australian Government for comments on a package of legislative reforms on religious freedom, issued in September 2019.
The submission relates to the Religious Discrimination Bill, the Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill, and the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill.
In part the Submission reads:
We welcome the draft legislation as offering a framework for national dialogue on the standards appropriate to encourage mutual respect for different beliefs. We are disappointed that this legislation is being promoted within Parliament with limited time for public discussion. We are concerned that the report (expected in 2020) by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on its investigation into the question of religious organisations’ exemptions from discrimination law will be overshadowed (even ignored) by early decisions on the draft legislation.
Read the full Submission here.