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Monday, 29 May 2000
Page: 16381

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The Petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the Sexuality Discrimination Bill (SBD) which is expected to be introduced into Parliament in the near future. In particular, the petitioners wish to alert the House to concerns that this legislation will:

. Whilst granting special rights to homosexuals, take away significant rights from the majority of Australians.

. Force citizens to employ/tolerate homosexuals and their activities - where this is contrary to their beliefs.

. Further validate homosexual partnerships and pave the way for same-sex marriage and adoption rights.

. Burden proof on employers, churches, schools, etc, as to why they should be exempt from this legislation.

. Not exempt groups receiving government funding and thus force compliance under threat of loss of funds.

. Override States' rights, invalidate existing laws and put Australia at the mercy of international treaties.

. Curtail freedom of speech in churches when proclaiming scriptural truth on issue of family, sexuality, etc.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House reject the Sexuality Discrimination Bill in its entirety and thereby protect the status and rights of the vast majority of Australians.

by Mr McGauran (from 21 citizens).