In September 2017, the Northern Territory Attorney-General’s Office released a Discussion Paper that reads like a wish-list for the radical gender theorists who want to now eradicate men and women.

In inviting public comment on various proposals to ‘modernise’ the Anti-Discrimination Act, Attorney-General Natasha Fyles commented in her media release that:

“Territorians want and deserve to live in safe, vibrant and inclusive communities – and modernising the Territory’s Anti-Discrimination Act is key to delivering that.” 

The changes proposed are rather more radical than this bland statement might suggest. It appears to promote policies that would:

  • considerably extend powers for the Anti-Discrimination Commission
  • pick out particular groups with ‘protected attributes’ for special protection
  • strip religious groups (notably schools) of existing exemptions
  • remove freedom of assembly from anyone who does not have a protected attribute
  • punish all who ‘offend’ or ‘insult’ the prevailing politically correct orthodoxy.

If enacted, these proposals would ensure that religious schools could not continue to prefer employees who agreed with their religious beliefs and activities.

At the moment, religious schools can choose employees who confess and adhere to the tenets of the faith, thus allowing them to maintain their distinctive character. If anyone still doubted where this is going, the discussion paper makes it crystal clear that changes would make it unlawful for religious schools not to employ a “prospective employee on the basis that they identify as LGBTI, if the religious doctrine does not support LGBTI relationships.”

Unashamedly advertising these limitations on the internationally recognized human rights of freedom of association, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression, the Discussion Paper represents this amazing grab for the legal high ground as a public benefit:

Removal of these exemptions would make the system fairer by ensuring people of certain attributes have the same opportunities under the Act. It would also ensure that cultural and religious bodies are more accountable for their actions and more inclusive.

Promising modernity, the Discussion Paper sets out a blueprint for a genderless society in which the human person is redefined without reference to biology and the disassembly of the nuclear family is approved in law:

  • It is proposed that the terms ‘man’ (a member of the male sex) and ‘woman’ (a member of the female sex) should be removed from the act.
  • Instead, ‘gender identity’ becomes a protected attribute, so that the gender diverse may benefit from more extensive legal protections.
  • “Discrimination” in access to assisted reproductive technology should be removed, so that anyone who wishes to may access this “service” and create a child. Incredibly, the complex ethical questions regarding the best interests of that child are not even mentioned. A child’s right to a mother and father is entirely subsidiary to the question of ensuring that adults have equal access to assisted reproductive technology.

Everyone in the Northern Territory will be able to live in a “safe, vibrant and inclusive community” – as long as their particular forms of diversity appear on the list of specially protected attributes. Those with diversity of opinion are unlikely to qualify. 

Read ACL’s submission to the Attorney- General’s office.

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