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Statement on the Proposed Plebiscite on Same Sex Marriage (SSM)
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 21:51
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The FABC does not support the Proposed Plebiscite on SSM.

The Federal Parliament already has the Constitutional mandate to legalise SSM as per the 2013 High Court Decision of The Commonwealth of Australia v The Australian Capital Territory [2013] HCA 55. Hence a plebiscite is not necessary.

The FABC’s position is that marriage between two consenting adults is a basic human right.

The FABC is of the view that holding a plebiscite on SSM will bring more pain and suffering to the LGBTI community based on a similar experience in the Republic of Ireland. Holding a plebiscite on SSM would be providing a platform for the incitement of more discrimination against the LGBTI community.

For the reasons stated above, it would be according to the teachings of the Buddha that such a plebiscite would be unethical.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 22:12
 
Statement on section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act
Friday, 16 September 2016 21:19
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The FABC does not support Senator Cori Bernardi’s proposal to amend section18c of the Racial Discrimination Act.

18c relates only to race and not religion and should not be watered down to remove the words “insult or offend”. One has no choice in the color of his/her skin, race, ethnicity or origin and should be protected by the law against harmful or hurtful speech and not merely hate speech that is directed to race.

We are the view that section18c in its original form is a good law and should remain unamended. Whilst it prevents bigotry against race (something a person cannot change), it protects freedom of speech against unacceptable religious practices.

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 - SECT 18C
Offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin
(1)  It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if:
(a)  the act is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people; and
(b)  the act is done because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the other person or of some or all of the people in the group.

 
Buddhist Life Stories of Australia - Project Completed!
Monday, 12 September 2016 22:42
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The FABC is a proud supporter of this project which was a video snapshot of Buddhism in Australia. Please click here to watch video interviews of some of the major Buddhist personalities of Australia. These videos were conducted by Deakin University. Project by Dr Anna Halafoff, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and project co-workers Edwin and Praveena. Camera & Editing by Freeman Trebilcock.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2016 20:24
 
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