Pledge to introduce Faith Affairs Council

Faith leaders from across New South Wales met with State Opposition leader Chris Minns.

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Australian Union Conference general secretary Pastor Michael Worker was among faith leaders from across New South Wales who met with State Opposition leader Chris Minns, deputy leader Prue Car and the entire shadow cabinet in Sydney on November 7.

Mr Minns announced his plans to establish a NSW Faith Affairs Council, introduce legislation to make religious vilification unlawful and refer the Anti-Discrimination Act to the NSW Law Reform Commission for review if elected in the March 2023 state election.

“Unfortunately, discrimination occurs far too often and is directed at too many people. In many cases, the reason for the discrimination is a person’s religious beliefs. This is not acceptable. And in government we will act to end it,” Mr Minns said.

Pastor Michael Worker (fourth from left) represented the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Mr Minns also pledged bipartisan support for increased security measures at all faith-based institutions. “We understand there are an increasing number of threats to the facilities and properties of religious organisations. This is unconscionable,” Mr Minns stated.

If Labor is elected next year, Mr Minns emphasised that it will “work with religious organisations” to ensure the safety and security of all faith groups.

Pastor Worker and other faith leaders look forward to a similar opportunity to meet with NSW Government leaders in the lead-up to the election.  

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