RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILLS : AN OVERVIEW

On 29 August 2019, the Australian Government released a package of radical legislative reforms on religious freedom. These Religious Freedoms Bills go far beyond protecting people of faith from discrimination in line with Australia’s other anti-discrimination law. They introduce special entitlements for people of faith and erode anti-discrimination protection for others.

In 2017 our LGBTI communities fought for – and won – marriage equality. Now we need to once again fight for equality alongside other communities who will be adversely affected by these laws, including women, people of colour and people with a disability.

In early September, the Queensland AIDS Council held a statewide community forum to discuss the response of our LGBTI communities these proposed laws. As a result of this community consultation we have prepared some resources to let people know more about the negative impact of these proposed laws and to encourage people to action.

Learn more:

Take action:

1. Provide a brief submission to the Attorney-General’s Department explaining why you are opposed to some or all of these proposed laws. Email your submission to FoRConsultation@ag.gov.au using this template. Use the Useful Religious Freedom Bills Talking Points document as the basis for your submission. You can even just copy and paste that text into the template.

2. Share the above resources on social media and with your friends and family.

3. Call, email, fax, or go to see your Member of Parliament or Senator. Again, use the Useful Religious Freedom Bills Talking Points document as the basis for your submission. If you’re not sure who your Member of Parliament is, you can search by postcode here. The Senators for Queensland are listed here.

4. Sign a petition: Equality Australia and just.equal.

5. Support QuAC’s campaign by making a donation.

Connect with other organisations:

 

RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS : INFO SESSION THIS WED 4TH SEPT

LEARN WHAT THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILLS COULD MEAN FOR LGBTI PEOPLE

There’s been a lot of talk about the Australian Government’s legislative reforms on religious freedoms, and what the changes may mean for LGBTI Sistergirl and Brotherboy people.

At 6pm on Wednesday 4th September the QuAC Brisbane and Cairns offices will be hosting a statewide community information session on the reforms and QuAC’s response to the changes. Come along to learn more and share your stories.

To register to attend the Brisbane session email Jan at JThwaites@quac.org.au, to register to attend the Cairns session, email cns@quac.org.au

The reason for the information session is the Federal Government has released the draft Religious Freedom bills for consultation before they are introduced to Parliament. The consultation period for the bills is very short, with submissions closing on 2nd October.

QuAC is hosting the session In order to outline the changes and what they mean for LGBTI communities and provide community members with an opportunity to share their views. QuAC President Peter Black will outline the proposed changes.

The session will be hosted in the Brisbane Office with the Cairns office participating by video conference, and the meeting will be accessible to anyone else in Queensland via a zoom meeting link.

It would be appreciated if you could promote the information session to your contacts. The zoom link to share with any of your contacts who would like to join by video is https://zoom.us/j/5625154367

If you require further information on how you can join the videoconference of the session, email Jan at  JThwaites@quac.org.au