Scott Morrison has made a promise to gay college students and academics who concern the unintended penalties of controversial new legal guidelines.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made a promise to gay college students who concern the unintended penalties of proposed spiritual discrimination legal guidelines.
He additionally prolonged an olive department to gay academics at faith-based colleges.
At the final election, Mr Morrison pledged to guard these college students in addition to spiritual Australians.
But the proposed legal guidelines launched to Parliament this week do not cowl college students. Instead, they will have to attend one other 12 months for adjustments to different laws.
The invoice goals to make it unlawful to discriminate towards an individual based mostly on their faith and will increase safety for many who make statements of perception, offered they’re not malicious.
But equality advocates have raised severe issues in regards to the invoice, highlighting it might permit spiritual people and organisations to discriminate towards queer Australians.
Greens senator Janet Rice slammed the proposed laws as a “Trojan horse for hate”.
“Our laws should protect all of us equally. Morrison’s bill will do the opposite,” Senator Rice mentioned.
“The Liberals are trying to increase discrimination, not reduce it.”
Mr Morrison hit again at criticism when questioned on Thursday, insisting gay college students and academics would not be harmed by the invoice.
“Students should not be expelled from a religious school and nor should gay teachers who have been employed at those schools be dismissed if they are gay,” he mentioned.
“And this bill does nothing to enable such a dismissal. It provides no powers for that.
The Prime Minister insisted the issue of potential discrimination against gay people was “dealt with” under the Sex Discrimination Act.
“What I introduced today was about religious discrimination and this was about ensuring that people who hold religious beliefs or who choose not to hold religious beliefs – that that is considered a protected attribute like other things that are protected attributes under discrimination law,” Mr Morrison mentioned.
“This brings it into line. There was a gap and that needs to be fixed.”
Labor has confirmed they will again the proposed legal guidelines, however solely after they’re scrutinised by a parliamentary committee.
“Labor supports the extension of the federal anti-discrimination framework to ensure that Australians are not discriminated against because of their religious beliefs,” Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus mentioned.
“Any extension of the federal anti-discrimination framework should not remove protections that already exist in the law to protect Australians from other forms of discrimination.
“It is particularly important that the Morrison Government support the establishment of a Joint Select Committee, so that all members of parliament – including Members of the House of Representatives – can participate in the parliamentary inquiry process.”