参议院否决保护言论、良心、宗教自由 Protections to Freedoms Denied by Senate

这是令人失望的一周。

This week has been a disappointing one.

在过去一周里,参议院就同性婚姻立法进行了辩论。不幸的是,对史密斯法案进行修订以保护言论、良心、宗教自由和父母权利的各项提案被全部否决。

The legislation for same-sex marriage has been debated in the Senate over the past week, and, unfortunately, the amendments to the Dean Smith bill to protect freedom of speech, conscience, religion and parental rights have been defeated.

工党参议员以集体投票的方式反对这些保护自由权利的修订,虽然大多数自由党参议员支持这些修正提案,但因为有六位自由党议员与绿党和工党参议员一起投票反对,导致提案失败。

Labor senators voted as a bloc against these freedoms, and even though the majority of Liberal senators were supportive of these amendments, six Liberal MPs voted against them with the Greens and the Labor senators, leading to its defeat.

 

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对与宗教及言论自由的修订投支持及反对票联盟党议员的分布

 

因此,参议院周三通过的法案只为神职人员提供基本保护。 在这次投票中,43名参议员投赞成票,12名投反对票,17名参议员投弃权票。我们为那些不支持这项有缺陷的法律的参议员喝彩,他们为澳大利亚人民做了正确的事情。

As a result, the bill that was passed in the Senate on Wednesday only provides a basic protection for religious ministers. 43 senators voted for the bill, 12 voted against, and 17 senators abstained from voting. We applaud the senators who did the right thing by the Australian people and did not support this inadequate legislation.

史密斯法案将于下周一开始在众议院辩论。

The Dean Smith bill will be now debated in the House of Representatives starting next Monday.

马尔科姆·特恩布尔和比尔·肖顿都表示他们致力于维护宗教自由。他们这种说法将在下周得到验证,我们会密切关注他们将采取何种行动来保护对同性婚姻投反对票的500万人的自由。

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have both stated that they are committed to religious freedom. This claim will be tested next week as we watch closely what actions they are willing to take to protect freedoms for the 5 million people who voted "No" to same-sex marriage.

今年2月份,参议院就同性婚姻立法草案征求意见稿进行了公众咨询。参议院咨询的结论是:大家的共识是,对宗教信仰自由应该提供更多的保护,不能仅局限于对神职人员最低限度的豁免。

In February of this year, there was a Senate inquiry on the exposure draft of the SSM bill. The conclusion of the Senate inquiry was that, while there was a consensus that there should be exemptions for ministers of religion as a bare minimum, much more is needed beyond that.

它的结论是:“显而易见,如果要立法改变婚姻的定义,必须全面考虑,平衡立法的结果,尊重所有澳大利亚人的人权,只有这样,澳大利亚才能继续保持一个宽容的,多元化的社会,使不同的观点不仅合法而且受到重视。”

It concluded that: “It is clear that should legislation be enacted to change the definition of marriage, careful attention is required to understand and deliver a balanced outcome that respects the human rights of all Australians if the nation is to continue to be a tolerant and plural society where a diversity of views is not only legal but valued.”

换句话说,在对同性婚姻进行立法时,议会必须仔细考量双方人民的担忧,谨慎平衡两者在权利上的竞争,以确保澳大利亚可以继续保持:

In other words, when legislating for same-sex marriage, the parliament needs to be careful to understand people’s concerns on both sides, and it has to be careful to balance competing rights to make sure Australia can continue to be:

一个宽容的,多元的社会,其中不同的婚姻观念不仅是合法的,而且受到重视。

A tolerant, and plural society, where different views on marriage are not only legal, but valued.

我们相信,大多数澳大利亚人真心希望这是我们社会继续发展的方向。事实上,民意调查显示,大多数澳大利亚人不希望言论,宗教,良知的自由和父母的权利随着同性婚姻的立法而被消除。

We believe that the majority of Australians would indeed wish for our society to continue in this way. In fact, the polls show most Australians do not wish freedoms of speech, religion, conscience and parental rights to be removed with the legislation of same-sex marriage.

您可以立即联系总理马尔科姆·特恩布尔、反对党领袖比尔·肖顿和代表您所在地区的议员,让他们知道:作为我们选出来的代表,他们应该代表我们和其他许多人对如何保护自由的切实担忧。

You can contact Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, and your local MP immediately to let them know that as our elected representative, they should represent the genuine concerns you and many others have about the need for freedoms to be protected.

对他们强调指出:对自由的保护现在就必须解决,不能拖延到明年。

Emphasise to them that the protection of freedoms needs to be addressed now, rather than delayed until next year.

他们的联系方式如下:

总理马尔科姆·特恩布尔 https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

反对党领袖Bill Shorten Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au

您可以通过https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/找到当地议员的联系人。

Their contact details can be found below:

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au

You can find the contact for your local MP using this webpage https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/