Cardinal Pell isn't entirely happy
TWO of the cherished foundations of the Australian way of life are freedom of speech and the presumption of innocence. Changes are proposed which would undermine these. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/o ... 6557311841
On November 20, the attorney general published a draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012, which sets out to unify and consolidate five existing anti-discrimination acts. The draft goes much further...
The proposed legislation extends the meaning of discrimination to include "unfavourable treatment", "offending", and "insulting", perhaps even for some political opinions expressed in the workplace. All this is a step too far.
Most Australians want to reject some politicians, even speak insultingly about them. Any law to prohibit this would be unworkable.
I think that bit will get quietly dumped somewhere along the way. Even politicians cherish freedom of speech.
Of more serious concern, to my mind, is that there have been complaints that the new legislation allows Catholic schools to continue to discriminate in a manner that would otherwise be unlawful. The suggestion is that there should be no further exemptions for Catholic institutions (especially schools).
The PM insists that the freedom of Catholic schools will not be interfered with. I think she'll win.