“[It’s] basically the Commonwealth muscling in on the states and territories’ anti-discrimination laws” – Dr Sarah Moulds, UniSA Law School
Since the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2017, and Rugby Australia sacking Israel Folau over his controversial Insta posts earlier this year, religious discrimination has popped up as a major issue in the Australian political sphere. As the Federal Government prepares to launch legislation to enshrine rights for religious people around Australia, there’s been much criticism from both sides of the debate over the bill, some saying it goes too far, others saying it’s not going far enough. So what can we expect from this legislation? What exactly is all the fuss about? To find out more, we spoke to Dr Sarah Moulds from the UniSA Law School as well as Ghassan Kassisieh, the Legal Director of Equality Australia, to hear their concerns. On the other side of the coin, John Steenhof, the managing director of the Human Rights Law Alliance, and Freedom for Faith Executive Director Michael Kellahan spoke with us about their support for the legislation. A couple of callers also gave us their thoughts.
Meanwhile, the 2019 OzAsia Festival is just about to kick off, and it’s sure to bring a bit of fun to Adelaide’s streets this October. We spoke with an artist who’s bringing some cool stuff to the Festival, as well as Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell. Also on the show, you’ve probably heard of Telethon SA through the annual Home and Land Lottery. Multiple charities get some assistance, all the while giving people the chance to win some pretty cool prizes. Chairman of the organisation Neil Smith gave us the lowdown.
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Airdate: October 14, 2019
Reporters: Amila Dedovic, David Simmons, Adrian Rodriguez & Kelly Hughes