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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

Move to ban bias against students at religious schools welcomed

Media Release
Saturday October 13th 2018

CALL ON POLITICAL LEADERS TO INCLUDE LGBTI TEACHERS

– Polls show public support for banning discrimination against teachers

– Tasmanian law already protects LGBTI teachers in religious schools

 

“If students in faith-based schools are to receive the best possible education, teachers must be employed on the basis of their skill, not their sexuality.”

– Rodney Croome

 

Equality advocates have welcomed Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten’s support for banning discrimination against students in faith-based schools, and have called for the move to be extended to LGBTI teachers, admin staff and families.

 

Spokesperson for just.equal, Rodney Croome, said that preventing discrimination across school communities would be in the best interests of children.

 

“We welcome the move to prohibit discrimination against kids, but this is only half the job because discrimination against teachers, support staff, and LGBTI parents and their children, remains a problem and must also be brought to an end.”

 

“If students in faith-based schools are to receive the best possible education, teachers must be employed on the basis of their skill, not their sexuality.”

 

“Creating a safe learning environment for LGBTI children means banning discrimination across the school community, not just against LGBTI children themselves.”

 

“We call on Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten to make faith-based school communities safe for everyone by banning discrimination against LGBTI teachers and support staff, as well as LGBTI parents and their children.”

 

Last year, Perth teacher, Craig Campbell, was sacked from his job at a Baptist College after it became known he was gay.

 

In 2015, a student at a Perth faith-based school faced discrimination because she had two dads.

 

In May this year, just.equal released a Galaxy / You-Gov survey which found an overwhelming number of Australians are opposed to discrimination against LGBTI teachers in faith-based schools.

 

The survey showed that 82% of respondents were opposed to LGBTI students being expelled from religious schools, and 78% opposed teachers being dismissed.

The survey also showed that 78% of people were against schools receiving tax-payer funds if they were discriminatory.

Tasmania is the only state which protects LGBTI teachers, support staff and families from discrimination by religious schools.

Mr Croome said,

“Tasmanian religious schools operate fine without the ability to sack LGBTI teachers, so there’s no reason for such discrimination to be allowed in other states or federally”.

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