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