Shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus said this morning it had been a â€œshocking processâ€ to get the religious discrimination bill through the house. â€œThis parliament , if invited to work on a bipartisan process can produce legislation in contentious areas that serves to unite our country and not further divide it,â€ he told ABC radio.
Dreyfus is confident the senate will support further changes, such as adding an anti-vilification provision, and removing the billâ€™s ability to override state legislation. However, he wouldnâ€™t be drawn on whether Labor would vote down the bill if those amendments werenâ€™t added.
He said despite removing discrimination against all children, there was â€œmuch yet to be improvedâ€.
Labor â€œalmost got thereâ€ on amending the billâ€™s statement of belief, he said.
Liberal senator Jane Hume pointed out that the government does not have the same numbers in the Senate. She also told the ABC it was about â€œcompeting rightsâ€:
Iâ€™m absolutely certain that at the end of the day when the bill passes both houses of parliament, that weâ€™ll land on the right decision, balancing freedoms and rights of people with deeply held religious beliefs and their desire, particularly to send their children to a same-sex school, and making sure we protect the rights of all children as well.
The debate over religious discrimination, and particularly the protections for trans students, will continue today. Itâ€™s been full of heat and emotion. Teddy Cook has written this incredibly thoughtful piece about what itâ€™s like for trans people at the moment:
Please donâ€™t forget that trans people are not an ideology; we are real, and we are someone you know.
Anthony Albanese said Labor â€œfought very hardâ€ for the amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act. He told the Nine network this morning that Labor will seek further amendments to the bill in the Senate:
It has passed. We think there are further amendments that should be made. We think, for example, the issue of vilification against a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, for example, that can occur or someone of any faith being vilified should be included by provisions as well. And we will pursue those amendments in the Senate. There are other issues about discrimination against older people receiving home care. The bill covers aged care residents, but it doesnâ€™t cover home care.
Labor failed to get through a change to the â€œstatement of beliefâ€ in the bill. It wanted to make it clear it wouldnâ€™t remove or diminish any existing protections.
Also, this from 1.49am:
I just ran into a veteran MP who said the last time heâ€™d been up this late it had involved … a dance floor.
The house sat all night, debating the governmentâ€™s religious discrimination bill. It passed just before 5am and will now head to the Senate.
Zimmerman said he felt compelled to cross the floor because trans children are some of the most vulnerable people in society. He told the ABC:
I thought there was a glaring omission and it was a bad signal to send to this community.
But he said there were still â€œunresolved issuesâ€ over potential discrimination against teachers.
The fallout from former Australian of the Year Grace Tame and former staffer Brittany Higginsâ€™ National Press Club address yesterday continues. Tame told a startling story about a â€œthreateningâ€ phone call asking her not to dump prime minister Scott Morrison in it with an election looming. The Nine newspapers are reporting that the Australia Day Council has denied it was behind the call (Tame declined to say who it was).
Last night we heard the latest from the national spy agency. In the annual address Asio boss Mike Burgess said lockdowns and vaccination grievances sometimes â€œturned to violenceâ€ and that Australian elections were at risk from interference. He warned about young children being radicalised and said the agency had detected and disrupted a foreign interference plot.
Spies have been using online dating apps to recruit people.
I hope Karp is having a nap. Katharine Murphy, Sarah Martin, Daniel Hurst, Josh Butler and Mike Bowers are all here to take you through the last sitting day for this week.
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