Response from Jacqui Lambie Network
Overriding Tasmanian discrimination legislation
1. The Religious Discrimination Bill sought to override and weaken sections of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act.
Q: Will you commit to vote against any legislative provision that weakens existing protections under Tasmania’s gold-standard Anti-Discrimination Act?
The Jacqui Lambie Network supports existing discrimination protections as they exist in Tasmania. We cannot foresee any reason why that support would be withdrawn.
Discrimination in faith-based schools
2. Tasmanian law currently protects LGBTIQ+ students, staff and clients from discrimination in faith-based schools and services.
Q: Will you vote for an amendment to the federal Sex Discrimination Act to provide similar protections nationally?
Uncertain / Uncommitted - The Jacqui Lambie Network does not support discrimination against people based on immutable characteristics such as race, religion, sex, sexuality, gender and disability status. We also support the provisions in the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act, as stated above. We would consider any future amendment to federal law according to these principles. However, we cannot commit to voting for any hypothetical future amendments on this matter without seeing the detail first.
Overriding Tasmanian gender legislation
3. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has endorsed Tasmania’s gold-standard sex and gender recognition laws, however some federal members have called for them to be overridden and weakened.
Q: Will you commit to vote against any such override or weakening?
Yes - as above
Trans women and sport
4. Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler has introduced a Bill that would allow increased exclusion of transgender women and girls from women's sport, despite existing provisions working well for many years and no sporting code asking for such legislation. The Senator’s Bill sets a much lower standard than the strong discrimination protections for trans and gender diverse people that current exist in Tasmania.
Q: Will you vote against this or any other Bill that seeks to increase discrimination trans and gender diverse people?
Uncertain / uncommitted - As stated above, the Jacqui Lambie Network does not support discrimination against people based on immutable characteristics such as race, religion, sex, sexuality, gender and disability status. However, the JLN cannot in good faith commit to voting against ‘any other’ hypothesised legislation that may be perceived as discriminatory as there may be instances where exclusionary policies may be justified if they support a broader equity ambition.