Australian campaign group Get Up! has launched a campaign to ask the Attorney-General Nicola Roxon to make changes to the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill currently being examined by parliament.
The campaign is asking supporters to send an email to Roxon that shows support for the the Bill, but also askes for changes to the current draft.
The changes are to remove the exemption for religious groups that will allow them to ‘legally discriminate’; include the word intersex in definitions of people of diverse sex and gender and to make criminal record discrimination protected by the law, where that criminal record is not relevant.
Finally the campaign asks that the government pass the Bill before the next general election, which must be held by 30 November this year.
Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich supports the campaign. He said in his e-newsletter:
‘Unbelievably the Prime Minister has stated it is OK for public-funded services to discriminate against people on irrelevant grounds for services and jobs.
‘I don’t think it is OK for taxpayer-funded places like private schools, employment services and health services to exclude sole parents, lesbians and gay men, divorced women and other groups, where their personal lives not relevant.’