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Thursday, 9 December 1993
Page: 4229

Senator CHAPMAN (11.05 a.m.) —I will extend Senator Crane's question and query what the minister has just said. Is the minister indicating that if a potential employer who has a particular moral conviction, whether it arises from a religious position or a moral view, is aware of a particular characteristic held by a potential employee, whether it is a characteristic relating to sexual preference or some other characteristic which does not accord with the potential employer's moral position, before he employs the person, is he still required to employ that person? Is the minister also saying that if he employs that person while not being aware of that particular characteristic, under this provision he could not then dispense with that employee's services once having found out that the person has that particular characteristic to which he has a moral objection?