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Tuesday, 28 September 1993
Page: 1258

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

  We, the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully submit that:

The United Nations declaration on the elimination of all forms of intolerance and of discrimination based on religious belief:

prohibits all forms of religious discrimination, thus potentially restricting the freedom of Australians to make any choices on the grounds of their belief;

could lead to US-style prohibitions on public Christian prayers, Christmas carols, or nativity scenes;

has the potential, according to the NSW Attorney-General, to restrict greatly the freedom of religious groups.

and that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:

gives wide rights to children in Articles 12-16, including the right to privacy and freedom of association;

gives only the legally-weak term "respect" for the rights of parents in Article 5;

could result in Government-assisted rebellion against parents who want to set limits for their children in their children's best interests.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Senate will:

  Act to disallow these two international instruments from the HREOC Act.

  And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.