Questions in Parliament

Kristie Johnston, Question to Parliament – 23 November 2021.

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Thank you Mr Speaker, my question is to the Premier.

The federal Religious Discrimination Bill seeks to weaken section 17(1) of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act by allowing humiliating, intimidating, insulting, ridiculing and offensive behaviour in the name of religion. This will have particular impact on people with disability who make up the biggest proportion of complainants under Tasmania’s Act and who too often experience humiliation and intimidation in the name of religion.

The federal bill also reportedly seeks to allow discrimination against LGBTIQ+ employees by faith-based organisations, which has been against the law in Tasmania for almost a quarter of a century without any public concerns being raised against it. 

Tasmania is the only state that prohibits humiliating, intimidating, insulting, ridiculing and offensive behaviour and the only state that prohibits discrimination against LGBTIQ+ staff in faith-based organisations, so it’s not an exaggeration to say Tasmania is being targeted by Canberra because it doesn’t like our inclusive laws.

Premier you have said publicly that; “we don’t want to see our anti-discrimination laws weakened”. 

What do you intend to do to ensure Canberra does not weaken our gold-standard anti-discrimination laws?

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