Australian Institute for Progress
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Don't discriminate against Israel Folau
Israel Folau is one of the best rugby players Australia has produced. He is also a devout member of Australian Christian Churches. He, along with many Christians, believes that "Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters" will go to hell unless they repent. For expressing his religious convictions publicly Rugby Australia is threatening to cancel his contract to play for them. Australia is a secular society. That means we have no right to tell people what religious beliefs they may accept or express. We are a free society. That means our employer can't tell us what to believe unless it affects our ability to do our job. By signing this petition we don't endorse Izzy's views, but we defend his right to have and express them. We therefore call on Rugby Australia to honour its commitment to diversity and withdraw its threat to cancel Izzy's contract.
Keep Lady Cilento's name on our children's hospital
Queensland's state children's hospital was named after Lady Phyllis Cilento, and now the Queensland government is proposing to remove her name. Dr Cilento was a pioneer for women in medicine, graduating in 1919 as the only woman in her year. She took a particular interest in obstetrics and children's health and was an advocate for natural childbirth, family planning and legalised abortion. She wrote regular columns in newspapers and magazines and through them was a household name and guide to many Australian women from 1928 until the 80s. It is fitting that her name be remembered in this way as acknowledgement of her contribution and a reminder of.the advances we have made in the care for children and mothers and the people who have contributed to those advances. The Lady Cilento Children's Hospital is the only Queensland public hospital named after a local medical pioneer. The others are named after members of the British royal family or religious figures. Despite having made a decision, the health minister has said he will consult with the public. This is our chance to tell him what we think. The minister says that because the hospital is named after a person, people do not know it is a public hospital. But that must apply equally to the Princess Alexandra, QEII and Prince Charles, or even the Mater Hospital. He also says that researchers from the hospital have trouble being recognised overseas because of the name. In which case so would doctors from famous institutions like John Hopkins, Mayo, or even Australia's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.