Tasmanian LGBTI community advocates have responded to the Federal Government push to protect “religious freedom” by saying discrimination protections Tasmanians have enjoyed for a generation could be at risk.

 

Today, the Federal Government released the Ruddock Review into religious freedom and announced its response which includes “national consistency” on discrimination and vilification laws.

 

Equality Tasmania spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,

 

“We reject the Government’s proposal for ‘national consistency’ among existing state and territory laws because that is code for watering down existing protections, especially in Tasmania.”

 

“The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act has the strongest protections in the nation, with very few religious exemptions for discrimination and none for vilification.”

 

“These protections have helped foster the more inclusive, open and equal Tasmania.”

 

“Last year, the State Government’s attempt to allow hate speech if it was in the name of religion was defeated, and any attempt by the Federal Government to do the same will by strongly opposed.”

 

On page 106, the Ruddock Review calls for “national consistency” on vilification laws.

 

A call for national consistency in regard to “variance” between state discrimination laws was made today by Attorney-General, Christian Porter, in response to the Ruddock Review.