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Attorney-General appears to have not read our submission

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In criticising the ACT Human Rights Commission's contribution to the consultation process on the draft Religious Discrimination Act ('Human Rights Commissioner wrong on religion bill: A-G', October 11, p16), the Attorney General appears to be responding to The Canberra Times reporting on our submission without having read the submission itself.

As the ACT Discrimination Act already protects people in the ACT from discrimination and vilification on the basis of religious belief, we are one of the few jurisdictions with practical experience of the range of issues that are raised under discrimination law about religious belief and practice. Our submission sought to provide this practical experience to the Attorney General to assist in considering this complex issue.

ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Our submission did not make the assertions attributed to us by the Attorney General. Rather, we noted, as have many submissions, genuine community concerns about the draft bill creating an enabling environment for discrimination against people because of their disability, marital status, religion or gender identity. The experiences of members........

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