Australia: Proposed Religious Discrimination Bill would allow Scientologist doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers to refuse to provide psychiatric medications and treatment. NOTE: Scientology has religious status in Australia pursuant to the decision in Church of the New Faith v Commissioner of Pay-roll Tax (Vict)  HCA 40, (1983) 154 CLR 120, High Court (Australia). See here and here. The Sydney Morning Herald: Rules for doctors, pharmacists tightened in new religious discrimination bill https://www.smh.com.au/politics/fed...ious-discrimination-bill-20191210-p53imo.html * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * * By Judith Ireland December 10, 2019 — 10.00pm A pharmacist could refuse to dispense contraception and a doctor could refuse to provide fertility treatment under the government's proposed new religious discrimination laws, provided they declined to provide that particular service to all patients. Attorney-General Christian Porter said the second draft of the religious discrimination bill, released on Tuesday, would allow doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and psychologists to conscientiously object as long as it was "to a procedure, not a person". [SNIP] Mr Porter used the example of a GP who did not want to "engage in hormone therapies" for a trans person. "That's fine, but you have to exercise that in a consistent way, so you don't engage in the procedure at all," he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * ** The proposed bill would also apply to Scientology and Scientologist doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers. Thus, under the bill they could refuse to provide psychiatric medications and treatment.