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Wednesday, 8 December 1993
Page: 4201

Senator CHAPMAN (7.24 p.m.) —As Senator Crane has indicated, the opposition cannot accept these proposed amendments; I personally cannot accept them. I cannot accept the moral relativist position as put by Senator Spindler and Senator Margetts in support of these amendments. Some of us believe that there are absolutely moral standards to which we aspire, however imperfect might be our achievement of that aspiration. But to have these amendments incorporated into the legislation, particularly with regard to sexual preference, denies an employer who has particular moral standards from applying them in his workplace. If this amendment succeeds and becomes part of the legislation, it will deny those employers what ought to be the absolute right of any employer to apply his own moral standards within his own business and workplace. It is on that basis that this amendment ought to be opposed.