Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Gay Students And Teachers Could Be Rejected From Private Schools

Gay Students And Teachers Could Be Rejected From Private Schools

"I will move a notice of motion in the Senate, Monday, calling for any private school that discriminates against a teacher or student on sexuality grounds be stripped of all government funds and charity status", Mr Hinch tweeted.

There had been suggestions it was being kept under wraps until after the Wentworth by-election later this month.

Schools could reject gay and transgender students and teachers under recommendations from a review into religious freedom.

'There is a wide variety of religious schools in Australia some school communities, cultivating an environment and ethos which conforms to their religious beliefs is of paramount importance, ' the report stated.

"The panel accepts their right to select, or preference, students who uphold the religious convictions of that school community".

But he warned a religious discrimination law that "went further and allowed discrimination against Australians in the name of faith" would be unacceptable.

The contents of the report apparently will not placate conservative politicians and religious leaders, the publication says.

Mr Hawke said people of faith in Australia were under attack.

"What kind of adult wants to turn away a child, wants to reject a kid because they are gay".

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'Specifically protecting freedom of religion would be out of step with the treatment of other rights, ' the report stated.

However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison played down the proposal on Wednesday, saying such exemptions to anti-discrimination laws already exist.

"It is existing law", he told reporters on the NSW Central Coast.

One of the recommendations is that the legislative provisions allowing religious schools to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status should be made consistent around the country.

"The fact of the matter is that every child is entitled to human dignity".

Mr Morrison, who's under pressure to release the review, said it was still being considered. This morning a succession of cabinet ministers stated that had not seen the report.

But Morrison said any new laws would take into account the religious freedom review, which Turnbull commissioned in order to assuage the concerns of marriage equality opponents who said the new law infringed on their religious rights.

Just over half of Australians identified as Christian in the last census, while 30 per cent said they had no religion. "Live and let live", he said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter said in a statement Wednesday that the report does not propose creating any new exemptions for religious schools to discriminate on the basis of sexuality, nor does it make any changes to the regime now in place.

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