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Next Equal Oppor tunity ‘Cab Off the Ranks’ – NT

The Equal Opportunity – Human Rights campaign to extend anti-discrimination rights and restrict other rights like religious freedom continues, this time in the Northern Territory. It is proposed that current exemptions for religious bodies (like Christian schools) be removed and replaced with a requirement to apply for an exemption with the Anti-Discrimination Commission that requires the provision of a justification for why such an exemption is needed.

The Northern Territory Labor Government has launched (Sept 3) a review of the Anti-Discrimination Act labelled, ‘Building Safe, Vibrant and Inclusive Communities: Modernising the Anti-Discrimination Act’. A discussion paper with a three month public consultation process will follow.

Some of the areas targeted for review in the Discussion Paper include:

  • introducing specific anti-vilification laws prohibiting offensive conduct on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status;
  • consideration of amending the Act to remove the current exemptions for religious bodies in the areas of religious educational institutions, accommodation and access to religious sites;
  • modernising the Anti-Discrimination Act gender and sexuality protections and language in line with the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth).

The closing date for submissions is 3 December 2017. 

Click here for the Northern Territory Discussion Paper.

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