The Freedom to Discriminate is the correct title this Bill and it should be given that. But that would be too easy. Having lost the marriage equality referendum to 75% of Australia the disgruntled losers have come back claiming “victimhood” in their loss of the right to discriminate was intolerable. So now re-labeled and repackaged the LNP has provided them with the Religious Freedom Bill. Rather than listen to the majority of Australians the LNP is saying their freedom to be bigots was stolen.
Why do we keep hearing that the Bill to discriminate is one of freedom? Division is the essence of culture wars and the LNP have been tossing those grenades forever and a day. It helps them create confused and seeming divides. What would otherwise be a simple political unifying factor like the economy and your position in it needs to be prevented by LNP. It fragments and provides fuel for increased division, and an opportunity to harvest a distracted vote.
The paradox is plain to see that while they demand Assimilation they couldn’t win and election without pointing out the differences. The reality that Multiculturalism and efforts to politicaly manipulate it by throwing fuel on simple difference and creating division they can’t maintain control for their paymasters.
The debate about religious discrimination in Australia is back. Attorney-General Michaelia Cash is planning to bring the latest version of the bill to parliament in the last two sitting weeks of the year, beginning next week. We are yet to see the most current draft, but the bill seeks to prohibit discrimination “on the ground of religious belief or activity in key areas of public life”, including employment and education. Once again, religious groups and LGBT+ advocates are raising what look to be competing concerns about the legislation’s impact on their rights and freedoms.