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Israel Folau to sue for up to $10 million
Confirming the path many thought he would take, Israel Folau has recently launched legal action.
The sacked former rugby international has launched legal proceedings with the Fair Work Commission against Rugby Australia and the Waratahs for breach of contract.
Folau’s lawyers say that under the Fair Work Act it is unlawful to terminate employment on the basis of religion. Folau is seeking up to $10 million in damages in a move that could potentially bankrupt Rugby Australia.
The damages sought comprise lost earnings of around $5 million, plus lost opportunities and sponsorships.
“I will forever be grateful and proud to have played the sport I love for our nation,” Folau said in a statement.
“Ours is an amazing country built on important principles, including freedom of religion. A nation made up of so many different faiths and cultural backgrounds will never be truly rich unless this freedom applies to all of us,” he said.
“The messages of support we have received over these difficult few weeks have made me realise there are many Australians who feel their fundamental rights are being steadily eroded.
“No Australian of any faith should be fired for practising their religion.”
This is a view that clearly resonated with AFC supporters – 25,000 of whom emailed Folau’s employers prior to his termination.
We watch the case with interest.
Death comes to Victoria
The Victorian euthanasia & assisted suicide regime starts next week.
This is the first time an Australian state has sanctioned such a program. It’s also the first such system in Australia since the short-lived 1990s Northern Territory regime that saw several people die – before that law was overruled.
In Victoria, 89 doctors are being trained in the death process, 3 pharmacists are currently preparing the lethal cocktails to be used, and 2 “navigators” stand ready to assist those seeking to die.
Euphemisms abound (with life-ending poison referred to as “medication”) and a government-sponsored hotline is there to provide “advice”.
Shockingly, the death certificates of those who choose assisted suicide or euthanasia will state the cause of death as the condition they were suffering at the time – not the truth of how they actually died.
Referring to the Victorian system as “conservative” is utterly ridiculous. Overseas regimes once praised for their safeguards are now seeing children’s lives ended.
Permitting some suicides but not others also sends a terrible message to the thousands suffering with mental health issues, and undermines the good work being done to support those people.
Once Pandora’s Box is opened, who knows where things will end?
On a happier note, we recently launched our first-ever online supporter survey – and we’ve been encouraged by the number of people participating.
Please have your say (it only takes a few minutes) by visiting this link:
Meanwhile, our Freedom Declaration is working its way towards 18,000 signatories. In the light of the Folau case and the looming federal debate on freedom of religion and belief, it’s crucial that we continue to build momentum.
If you haven’t already done so, please CLICK HERE to sign theFreedom Declaration – and please also help us by sharing the link with your likeminded family and friends:
Last week, we opened expressions of interest for potential employment with AFC.