Equal opportunity protections for LGBTIQ Victorians
Most Australians are surprised to hear that current federal anti-discrimination laws provide protection on the basis of race, sex, disability and age but do not include the same legal protections for LGBTIQ people.
The Federal Government has committed to consolidating and updating existing anti-discrimination laws. At the last federal election, after lobbying by many LGBTIQ organisations, the Labor Government committed to introducing protections on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
We are working to ensure that the Federal Government delivers on these commitments and introduces laws which include effective safeguards from discrimination and unfair treatment for members of the LGBTIQ community.
At the same time, the VGLRL is committed to keeping pressure on the Victorian Government to improve protections under the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 2010.
In particular, the VGLRL is strongly opposed to the permanent exceptions which allow faith based organisations to discriminate against members of our community, affecting our ability to access community services, education and employment opportunities.
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