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Submission: NSW Religious Freedoms and Equality Bill

One Nation NSW Leader Mark Latham MLC introduced the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill in July 2020.

The Bill was immediately opposed by many LGBTQI+ and human rights organisations, including Amnesty International Australia, for giving people the opportunity to discriminate against others by using their religious beliefs. The Bill elevates the right to religious beliefs above other human rights, which it should not.

Amnesty International Australia has submitted to the parliamentary inquiry into the Bill. Amnesty International Australia does not support the Bill and recommends that is does not proceed. Instead, a Human Rights Act should be enacted in New South Wales; this is the only way to protect the rights of people of faith whilst not creating a situation that allows people to discriminate against others.

Read here about Amnesty International Australia’s views on the Bill, and why NSW needs a Human Rights Act.

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Joel Clark is a Campaigner at Amnesty International Australia.