Update from the Don’t Divide Us Campaign

31 Jul 2020
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by Dr Meredith Doig OAM FAICD

One of the stories emerging from the Don’t Divide Us Campaign is from a Melbourne teacher at a Catholic school.

Despite being perfectly qualified to apply for a promotion for a position as school principal, she was told “Don’t bother” by a colleague who had an influential say in selecting the successful candidate.

“You’re a divorced woman, living with a new partner. That’s what we call a ‘compromised relationship,’” the colleague said.

This type of discrimination on the basis of religious belief happens across Australia every day.

It’s the type of discrimination the Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination Bill seeks to make legal under the guise of ‘protecting religious freedom’.

Real life examples like this teacher’s story help to strengthen the case against the bill by explaining the impact it will have on the lives of everyday Australians.

Have you experienced discrimination on the basis of religion at work, or in a social or cultural environment?

If you have, we’d love to hear your story.

You can send your story to us at info@dontdivideus.com.au

With your permission, we’ll use your experience to connect with other Australians to explain why it’s so important that we stand together to oppose the Religious Discrimination Bill. Your identity can remain confidential if you wish.

Sharing your story will help us engage with more Australians so we can build a movement strong enough to stop the Bill when it returns to Parliament in the near future.

Thank you in advance.