Albanese wants to talk about Religious Freedom

Albanese wants to talk about Religious Freedom

By Rita Bratovich

Federal Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese has invited members and stakeholders within the LGBTQI community to a round-table discussion on the proposed Religious Freedom Bill. 

The meeting will take place in Melbourne on January 30. 

Activist and spokesperson for Just.equal, Rodney Croome welcomes this decision by Albanese. 

 “Our message to him will be that Labor must oppose the Bill outright and as soon as possible,” Croome said in a statement. 

“This is so Labor can begin the task of educating the public about why the Bill is a threat to social minorities, a threat to fundamental Australian values like equality before the law, and a threat to Labor’s legacy of strong state and federal anti-discrimination laws.”

Croome feels that if the meeting is to be affective, it needs to involve participants from all segments of the community, and he has made this specific set of requests to the Labor Leader: 

For the consultation to include a wider range of LGBTIQ community representatives including transgender and gender diverse people, PFLAG, rainbow families, rural and regional communities, researchers, discrimination experts, support service workers, community activists, and LGBTIQ people of faith and people with disability.

For there to be dedicated consultations with other affected groups including people with disability, women’s health organisations, family planning organisations, and racial and religious minorities.

For there to be consultations across the nation, including in Tasmania where the state Anti-Discrimination Act is set to be overridden.

PFLAG recently placed a half page ad in The Sydney Morning Herald calling for the public to oppose the Religious Freedom Bill. Headlined, “What Happened To Australia’s ‘Fair Go’?”,

it lists grounds for objecting to the bill and invites people to visit their new website and co-sign a submission (or write their own letter.)


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4 responses to “Albanese wants to talk about Religious Freedom”

  1. Everyone screams we are in a Democracy. Australia is leading down the path (and fast) of a Hypocritical Society.
    The definition of Australian Democracy is, be Democratic though, fuck as I fuck.

  2. Great! ????
    But what about other cities and key regional centres? There would be people and organsiations who aren’t in Melbourne and who can’t make it to Melbourne, who have stories that could be unique and help add to this… couldn’t other prominent people from the ‘government’s opposition host such meetings in other centres at the same time? I would have thought that this issue *is* important enough to get feedback from just one place.
    If not, then we’ll *all* have to cope with this retrograde Pandora’s Box of a legislation.

  3. It can’t escape our attention that whenever there is a photo opportunity or a chance for a Labor politician to appear to support our community they are right there – but somehow, when it really counts and there is an opportunity to stand up for us, it suddenly becomes a little more complex and they are never quite there.

  4. Let’s just kill this bill. Shut it down, it’s so unimportant and a smoke screen. Let’s talk about the environment and what the government plans to do immediately and for the future. If we don’t act on this now, we won’t have to worry about religious discrimination, because we’ll all be dead and in gay heaven and all the politicians and christians will be hell.. and if they end up in gay heaven, it will be their idea of hell anyway.. so win, win!!
    How much time and energy is being wasted on this piece of homophobia by the government that lost the marriage equality hijack they tried.. vote them out!!!!