What you need to know about the 'religious freedoms and schools' debate


What’s happening:

There’s a new push aimed towards allowing schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ+ students, on the grounds of religious freedoms.

(Leaked Ruddock Report segment)

(Leaked Ruddock Report segment)

How did we get here:

  • We had the Same Sex Marriage Survey in November last year.

  • Australia voted YES.

  • The Prime Minister at the time, Turnbull, established a review into religious freedom as a sort of olive branch to the ‘NO’ side of the parliament.

  • The review was headed by conservative ex-politician and former Attorney General, Phillip Ruddock.

  • It was finished in May 2018.

  • It was kept under wraps for quite a while.

  • Bits of it were leaked recently, including recommendations to allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ+ students.


  • Now the Federal Parliament is considering passing a new law - called The Sex Discrimination (Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018 - that would strengthen the protections for LGBTIQ+ students.

  • The proposed law is good - but we don’t think it goes far enough.

So basically, we’re at a point where the rights of LGBTIQ+ students (and teachers) are a contentious political debate.  

YACSA’s take

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