Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Advocates oppose Ruddock recommendations

TASMANIAN MODEL SHOULD BE ADOPTED NATIONALLY

“Tasmanian religious schools and the broader community are safer and more inclusive thanks to our strong discrimination laws.” – Rodney Croome

Tasmanian LGBTI community advocates have slammed a proposal to allow religious schools to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

According to news reports, the Ruddock Review into religious freedom has recommended the federal government allow such discrimination, which would put it on a collision course with Tasmania where such discrimination has been against the law for 20 years.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,

“Schools should be places of learning, not breeding grounds of prejudice.”

“Any school that receives public money should abide by the same rules as the rest of society, including the same rules about fair-treatment and discrimination.”

“For twenty years Tasmanian law has prevented discrimination by religious schools against LGBTI students and teachers, and the sky hasn’t fallen in.”

“Tasmanian religious schools and the broader community are safer and more inclusive thanks to our strong discrimination laws.”

“Anti-discrimination laws on the mainland should come up to the standards set in Tasmania, instead of being watered down as the Ruddock panel has proposed.”

To sign a petition against the Ruddock Inquiry recommendations:

http://www.equal.org.au/protectourkidsandteachers

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