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Monday, 27 September 1993
Page: 1155

We the undersigned do hereby petition the Senate in respect of the legislation to which we fervently request your attention to resist this legislation being passed.

We refer to the Declaration on the Elimination of all forms of Tolerance and Discrimination based on Religious Belief that is presently before the Parliament as an attachment to Section 47 of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986.

We know it is our duty to keep you informed as to our will on any matters that come before the Parliament.

This Declaration as above has the intention of restricting the rights of Christians to the free exercise of their religion.

All law is based on religion whether that religion is Christian, Muslim, Buddhism or the religion of secularism. This declaration discriminates against all forms of religion except one, secularism. Therefore this declaration is a contradiction in terms, since it enacts religious discrimination in the name of secularism as a means to eliminate all other forms of religion.

This declaration conflicts with section 116 of the Australian Constitution which provides that the Commonwealth will make no laws that restrict the free exercise of religion.

It is also taking from us, as the Australian people, the right to live in the freedom which is our birthright.

It is our will that you move a notice of motion to disallow the Declaration (under section 48(5) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901).

It is also our will that no amendment be made to the Commonwealth Constitution without the consent and express will of the Australian People by Referendum.