A rally protesting a bill to restore exemptions for religious organisations in Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act will take place at noon on Wednesday on the steps of State Parliament.
Called ‘Don’t Wind Back The Clock’, the rally intends to draw attention to plans to make it lawful for some organisations to deny someone a job on the basis of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, parental status or gender identity.
It comes after the Baillieu Liberal Government’s Mental Health Minister, Mary Wooldridge, missed a vote on the proposed bill last week, leading to an embarrassing failure in the Legislative Assembly during its first attempt.
Premier Baillieu hopes to recommit the vote using commonwealth laws regarding the reintroduction of bills in the event of confusion, error or misadventure, but opposition leader Daniel Andrews had argued the federal laws did not apply to Victorian parliament.
For more information of the rally, visit facebook.com/DontWindBackTheClock
A petition calling on the Victorian Government to leave the Equal Opportunity Act as it is can be found at www.equalrightsvictoria.com.au/petition