Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Halt the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 is a gross government overreach and an intrusion on the rights and freedoms of Victorians who do not share the views and ideological constructs imposed by the Bill on identity, gender and sexuality.

These gender and sexuality constructs go against mainstream Islamic teachings and hinders Victorian Muslims from freely practicing their religion. If the Bill is passed to become law, Muslims and other Victorians who don't adhere to its enforced identity constructs will be subjected to direct and serious harm.

Victorian Muslims including parents, teachers, counsellors, medical professionals and others who don’t affirm to the identity constructs of the Bill could be subjected to jail sentences and hefty fines.

The Bill does not strike a balance between protecting same sex attracted people from coercion and aversion practices and giving faith communities (including same sex attracted individuals) the freedom of consciousness to practice religion. All Victorians should have a right to autonomously adhere to religious constructs of sexuality, gender identity and religiously sanctioned sexual conduct.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council immediately halt the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 and that faith communities be consulted.
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