Australia’s Religious Discrimination Bill Passes House of Representatives After Five Members Cross the Floor

The controversial bill to protect Australians from religious discrimination was supported by five Liberal Party members during a nightly marathon session that ended shortly before 5 am on February 10. After passing the House of Representatives for, I passed the House of Representatives.

Five Liberal lawmakers crossed the floor to vote with Labor and Crossbench for a bill amendment. If the bill is passed, it will lead to discrimination by religious schools against homosexual and transgender school students.

Liberal lawmakers across the floor included Bridget Archer, Trent Zimmerman, Fiona Martin, Dave Sharma, and Katie Allen.

The bill will be taken up in the Senate later on February 10, and Labor will pursue other amendments voted against in the House of Representatives.

However, the amendment needed to ensure that the bill passed the House of Representatives was “too expensive to pay,” said Wendy Francis, political director of the Australian Christian lobby, a Christian school run by the school. Said to take away the protection of. According to their faith.

“The amendment is so damaging to religious freedom that the government should immediately withdraw the bill,” she said.

Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 allows people who are discriminated against based on religious beliefs or activities to seek relief under the Religious Discrimination Act or the Fair Labor Act.

To support the implementation of the bill Amendment bill States that the resulting amendments are essential to protect individuals who have been discriminated against based on their beliefs or activities based on their beliefs and to ensure the proper operation of Australia’s non-discrimination framework.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said the Labor Party would watch over how the Free State Coalition government pursues the bill in the Senate when discussions resume.

“Their actions after the major amendments were implemented were very extraordinary,” he told Nine Network on Thursday. “We rarely lose votes in the lower house, but we have never seen the government vote against a bill it submitted.”

Workers also called for amendments to the controversial belief clause of the bill, but the bill stalled at 62-62, despite two Liberal Party members crossing the floor.

The deadlock was broken by Chair Andrew Wallace, who voted for the government.

One of the liberals across the floor, openly gay Trent Zimmerman, sees the bill in Congress as “permitted discrimination” against homosexuals and transgender students by religious schools under the Sex Discrimination Act. He said he provided an opportunity to deal with what was (SDA) as is.

“At this point, SDA allows schools to discriminate on the basis of all of the above characteristics. Of course, it’s rare for that to happen,” Zimmerman said.

He said it was actually “unusual” for LGBTQI + students to be discriminated against until the Citipointe Christian School tried to claim its rights under the law just two weeks ago.

“I’m thinking of a great school in the constituency. I talked to many principals this week and all principals, including transgender and transitional students, support students based on gender and gender. We strive to provide an environment where people can work.

“But there are still some, and we have told us in the last few weeks that in the name of their religion, we intend to discriminate against what I consider to be a very vicious way. I saw it, “he said.

Zimmerman told ABC Radio that supporting the amendment “would be a bad signal to send to the transgender community” and would vote against the government.

Meanwhile, Labor’s shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, said his party was convinced that the proposed amendment would pass the Senate once the debate moved to the Senate.

But he didn’t say what the party would do if the amendment didn’t get enough support.

Old-age Minister Jane Hume said the coalition wanted to strike the right balance of legislation, despite government members crossing the floor.

“I don’t want to see children being expelled from school based on their sexual identity,” she told ABC. “But at the same time, we want to ensure that we respect parents’ right to choose to send their children to gender-separated schools.”

The bill was referred to and considered by the Australian Law Amendment Commission.

LGBTQI + advocacy group Equality Australia is currently asking the Senate to approve amendments to prevent existing anti-discrimination legislation from becoming invalid.

AAP contributed to this report.

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