ACU Senior Research Fellow Dr Kevin Donnelly says the Andrews government’s proposed legislation regarding sexuality and gender suppression practices is a “fundamental attack” on freedom of conscience and religion.
Dr Donnelly said the legislation which has been put to parliament by the Andrews government seeks to prevent “parents, even doctors, psychiatrists and worst of all religious leaders” from offering advice or counselling teenagers and young children.
“That will be an illegal offence if the legislation is passed,” he said.
Dr Donnelly told Sky News that the conversion therapy practices of 20-30 years ago were “unfair and unjustified,” but the legislation targets much more than those antiquated measures.
“You could drive a horse and cart through this legislation and that’s a great concern”.
“The government is very authoritarian, it’s very dictatorial and the premier is a control freak.
“If you’re a parent and you ask the priest home to talk to your child you could be liable for conviction as the priest can.”