Articles tagged with: HRAD

20
March
2013

Labor’s lost political will: Greens

Star Observer I Author: Benn Dorrington

"Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convenor Anna Brown said a commissioner was needed to deal with LGBTI concerns just like other appointed commissioners for areas such as race and sex.

“While this is a significant advance for LGBTI people, we need to ensure that that a Commissioner is given responsibility for dealing with our concerns and that broad exemptions for religious bodies do not undermine the effectiveness of these new legal protections, including the risk of watering down the rights of people in states where religious organisations are not permitted to discriminate to the same extent,” she said."

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Categories: March

23
January
2013

Victims call for workplace law protections

SBS

Today was the first public hearing of the government's Senate Committee of the draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012. The Inquiry heard from several groups including your Lobby.

"Sally Goldner for the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby said the religious exemptions in the draft Bill were too broad and "too automatic".

"We oppose them altogether," she said.

"We're willing, however, to look for win-win situations." "

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Categories: January

20
March
2013

Labor denies lack of courage on social reform

Gay News Network I Author: Ron Hughes

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announces that the consolidation of the five anti-discrimination reforms will not be progressed. Instead, an amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act to protect Australians against discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity will be introduced.

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Categories: March

16
January
2013

Government won’t budge on religious exemptions

Star Observer I Author: Alex McKinnon

Government won’t budge on religious exemptions

"Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convener Anna Brown said the broad religious exceptions in the Bill were grossly inappropriate and out of step with contemporary Australian values.

“We are concerned about the level of engagement with the faith based community by the Prime Minister. We would like to see an opportunity for LGBTI groups to talk with the Prime Minister about the practical implications of the broad exceptions available for religious organisations,” Brown said.

“Most Australians would be unaware of the ability of businesses such as Sanitarium to discriminate against employees and customers."

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Categories: January

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