Anti-bias petition rejected

The petition, launched last month by Sydney GP Dr Kimberley Ivory, had almost 6000 signatures as MO went to press. 

It calls on the Labor government to ensure health services will not be handed automatic exemption to a proposed overhaul of anti-discrimination laws that Dr Ivory argues would effectively result in religious group-led health organisations being allowed to discriminate against prospective staff based on their religious beliefs.

In the petition, Dr Ivory expressed serious concerns that the draft legislation sent “a loud message” to health professionals that “despite their qualifications and personal beliefs, [they] ‘need not apply’ to the many religious-based hospitals and schools providing services funded by tax dollars should they belong to a sexual minority, be an unmarried parent or live in a de facto relationship”.

Former AMA president Professor Kerryn Phelps, who is among those backing the