When you run communities, speak to lots of people, work with different parts of society and the like; you get to see many viewpoints going in all directions.
For better or worse in Australia, we tend to follow what happens in the United States very closely. I remember a day where no one cared about politics, however in this paradigm it’s quite a big thing that people have been quite obsessed with.
I am of course PRO TRUMP, and this has closed some doors and interesting opened more doors for me (which is great, net is more doors opened for me). With the doors that have been closed for my political viewpoints, that may have been discrimination against poor Ed on the basis of “political opinion”.
I know the act of course covers things like sexuality, skin colour, ethnicity and the like, but only just realised that “political opinion” is also protected. NICE!
As I was reading the “Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986”, you can’t discriminate based on Political Opinion. Even if I meet someone who is a big leftie that thinks some crazy stuff, that’s cool in my book. However, those lefties rarely show me equal respect or tolerance in that one. This situation and some questions about running groups got me to better get into this issue.
According to the Australian Human Rights Commission website, this is a quick guide of the act:
Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
Discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction, social origin, age, medical record, criminal record, marital or relationship status, impairment, mental, intellectual or psychiatric disability, physical disability, nationality, sexual orientation, and trade union activity.
Also covers discrimination on the basis of the imputation of one of the above grounds.
My advice and thinking? Accept everyone. I have lots of friends who do things I don’t agree with and it’s critical we treat everyone as individuals. When we treat people like ‘groups’, you are up for trouble. Sure, some lefties think some out there stuff, but I still love them as people and I can think out there stuff too.
Love your work, interesting point here and thank you to the Australian Human Rights Commission, appreciate the top work you do!