Freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief and marriage

Freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief is a fundamental human right. Australia’s same-sex marriage activists have been saying for years that same-sex marriage does not affect other peoples’ freedoms, yet we have seen anti-discrimination law in a number of Australian states being wielded in a way that threatens freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief.

General Practitioner Dr David van Gend was forced to attend mediation after saying children deserve a mother and father, and Tasmanian Archbishop Julian Porteous had proceedings lodged against him for the booklet “Don’t mess with Marriage”.

It is clear that state based anti-discrimination law will come into conflict with the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief, if the definition of marriage is changed under Federal law.

What will your party do to ensure the fundamental freedoms of thought, conscience and religion or belief are protected under Western Australian Law?

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Party

Answer

Australian Christians 

Yes.

Labor

WA Labor values liberty - the freedom to hold whatever beliefs we choose while respecting
those of others; the freedom to express those beliefs without fear or favour; and the
economic freedom to pursue our own employment and enterprise.

WA Labor believes there are sufficient safeguards within current Western Australian law to
safeguard the freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief.

It should be noted that freedoms are always balanced within a society. For example the
freedom to smoke is balanced against the right to breathe clean air.

Some religions mandate that their followers engage in the conversion of non-believers, so if
that belief is practiced as harassment, intimidation or an invasion of privacy, then clearly that
religious freedom needs to be balanced against others' rights. Similarly, if an expression of
belief seeks to demonise a particular minority, becomes hate speech or an incitement to
violence, then those expressions of belief would be tested under current law should an
action be initiated by a particular person or group.

Liberal Party

Did not answer.

 

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