Welcome to the NSL Weekend Wrap for 7 November 2021, where you can catch up on the latest secular-related news from around the country.
At the National Level
Coalition MPs are split over the government’s revised religious discrimination bill, with the attorney general, Michaelia Cash, holding urgent meetings with MPs before parliament returns to try to resolve the issue. (The Guardian)
Religious groups have warned the Morrison government to retain a clause allowing discrimination against staff who don’t share their faith in the Coalition’s religious freedom bill, as Liberal MPs reserve their right to cross the floor over the draft legislation. (The Guardian)
Around the Country
VIC: A Melbourne photographer, who was “abusively outed” at school, broke into the grounds of his former Catholic school St Kevin’s and and burnt a blazer to protest the toxic homophobia and misogynistic culture at the institution. (Star Observer)
VIC: Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has renewed a call for people to get vaccinated. (Catholic Leader)
VIC: Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli's claim that the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 unfairly targets religious organisations has been "backed up by legal experts who say the state is at open war with committed Christians and other believers". (Catholic Weekly)
Commentary and Analysis
Meredith Doig, president of the Rationalist Society of Australia, writes that the not-so-secret agenda of conservative religious activists is unpopular among many Australians — including the religious mainstream. (Independent Australia)
Kristina Keneally writes on the appointment of Dominic Perrottet that "no-one ... is seriously trying to turn Australia into a theocracy where the rule of law is replaced by the rules of any one religion." (Catholic Weekly)
Meredith Doig writes on a meeting between Attorney-General Michaelia Cash and a fundamentalist far-Right Christian lobby group working to import the Texas-style tactics to reduce women’s access to legal abortion services in Australia. (RSA)
Events and Advisories
Watch a reply of the Rationalist Society of Australia webinar featuring Rev. Dr Elenie Poulos and Professor Marion Maddox, "Unpacking the religious freedom agenda".
Sign up to the #DontDivideUs campaign currently being run by a group of pro-secular groups including the NSL, to act against the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill.
Minister for Human Rights, Tara Cheyne, is running a petition calling on the Australian government to restore the right of Territories to pass laws on VAD. She also recommends people email the Commonwealth Attorney-General with their views, at email@example.com.
Dying With Dignity NSW are petitioning the NSW Parliament to work together to deliver voluntary assisted dying laws.
Dying With Dignity NSW has a tool that makes it easy for people to contact their federal MPs and senators to request help in repealing the "Andrews Bill", the 1997 legislation which denies the Territories the right to pass legislation on Voluntary Assisted Dying.