Submission: Religious Discrimination Bill Second Exposure Draft

The Alliance supports the federal government’s commitment to provide comprehensive protection from discrimination for people of faith in areas of public life, provided that these laws do not sanction and enable new forms of discrimination against LGBTI people. We have long advocated for reducing discrimination, stigma and violence against LGBTI people, their families and their communities, in an effort to improve overall health and wellbeing and reduce continuing harmful health disparities.

Whilst we acknowledge minor improvements to provisions relating to conscientious objections for healthcare practitioners, we believe that overall the Bill continues to legitimise discrimination against LGBTI people, privileges the religious views of healthcare practitioners over patient needs, and entrenches double standards in law.

Please see our submission below.

LGBTI Health Alliance submission RDB second exposure draft 31Jan20