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Federal Government released the draft Discrimination Laws

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The Federal Government released the draft Discrimination Laws, aimed at protecting people of faith from discrimination.

The laws are designed to protect people from being discriminated against, but will not give them a license to discriminate against others.

It will be similar to other existing anti-discrimination laws, such as those covering age, race and disability.

Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter, who released an exposure draft of the religious discrimination legislation during a speech at The Great Synagogue in Sydney today, said the laws were best described as a ‘shield’ approach rather than a positive right or ‘sword’ approach.

At the reception, the Very Reverend Kyrillos Zisis represented the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese His Eminence Archbishop Makarios.

Reverend Kyrillos spoke with the Attorney General, articulated the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s initial thoughts on the laws, and committed the Archdiocese’s assurance to participate in the consultation process.

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