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Public Christianity

1. Equal Opportunity – inherent requirements test

Of the inherent requirements test in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, chief executive of the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Helen Szoke said, "Religious schools or religious charities ... will have to show how belonging to a particular religion is relevant to the job they are trying to fill". Will your Party support the removal of the inherent requirements test from the EO Act, which creates uncertainty for faith-based schools and service-providers?

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Family First
  • Family First would actively support the removal of the inherent requirements test which currently places an undue burden upon religious institutions.
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2. Equal Opportunity – VHREOC own-motion powers

The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 grants the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission unprecedented and wide-ranging powers to initiate an investigation into any matter relating to the operation of the Act without receiving a prior complaint. Does your Party support the removal of this extraordinary prerogative from the VHREOC?

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Family First
  • Family First believes these powers are excessive and unwarranted, and should be removed.
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3. Religious vilification

The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 had as its stated objective the promotion of racial and religious tolerance. However the Acts' civil provisions remain contentious, as evidenced by the notorious 'two Dannies case'. Will you commit to a review of the RRTA to re-examine the need for the civil provisions which encourage individuals to take legal action against people of other faiths?

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Family First
  • Family First notes that the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act has to date served as providing an undesirable chilling effect on free speech, and has further created heightened tensions between religious groups.
  • Family First is committed to repealing the civil provisions of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.
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4. Role for the Church

Christian charities and churches play an important public role in Victoria in the provision of services in the areas of education, welfare and health. What has your Party done to foster good relationships with religious communities, and how does it plan to work with them during the life of the next parliament?

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Family First
  • Family First believes churches play a vital role within the community, not only in the area of education, welfare, and health, but also in providing vital spiritual services and developing a vital sense of community and belonging for individuals within our society.
  • Family First will welcome the continued role of churches in the community, and foster areas where church charitable programs can be further assisted with government help.
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