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Anti-discrimination bill dangers

The proposed federal anti-discrimination laws (released 20 November 2012) add to the growing threats on freedom of speech, conscience and religion in our democracy.

The draft bill would

  • reverse the onus of proof: defendants would be considered guilty until proven innocent
  • massively expand the list of characteristics people can be offended by

Some have said that the proposed laws would make discrimination cases easier to launch and less costly to run.

While streamlining the complaints process may seem like a good idea, the proposed bill appears to be a smokescreen for more political interference.

For the first time ever, discrimination on the basis of “political opinions” will be unlawful. That means that you could get into legal trouble for expressing an opinion which offends someone else!

You can see the expanded list of grounds for discrimination in Section 17 of the bill here.

Simon Breheny of the Institute of Public Affairs explains further below and on the IPA website. Please spread the word – the proposed changes are great cause for concern.


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