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NSW GOVERNMENT SUGGESTS LGBTI DISCRIMINATION BY RELIGIOUS GROUPS IS ‘NECESSARY’

in AUSTRALIA, 20/01/2013

The NSW Government, faith-based aged care providers and a right-wing lobby group headed by an openly gay monarchist and controversial broadcaster Alan Jones are among some of the groups and organisations arguing against stronger legal protections for the LGBTI community proposed under new federal anti-discrimination laws.

In its submission, the NSW Government said it had “significant concerns” about the intentions of the Bill and opposed any attempt to change legislation that would block religiously-aligned organisations from discriminating against LGBTI people.

“The Bill expands the ambit of existing Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws in ways that will significantly impact on the operation of NSW anti-discrimination laws and the nature of discrimination protections in NSW more generally,” the submission states.

“Appropriate exemptions for religious bodies, including in relation to the scope of the ‘inherent requirements’ of a job, are necessary.”

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