Tasmanian Times

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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

Senate religious school bias report welcomed

CALL FOR TEACHERS TO BE PROTECTED FROM DISCRIMINATION

 

Advocates have welcomed a Senate inquiry report into discrimination in faith-based schools, but say legislation should cover teachers as well as students.

 

The report recommends faith-based schools not be able to discriminate against students on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, and that further consideration be given to not allowing such discrimination against teachers and other staff.

 

Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,

 

“We welcome the Senate inquiry recommendation that students should no longer face discrimination, but believe teachers and other staff should be protected as well .”

 

“A school environment where LGBTI teachers can be fired because of who they are is a profoundly unsafe environment for LGBTI students.”

 

Mr Croome noted the Senate inquiry recommended further consideration of those provisions of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act that prohibit discrimination against LGBTI teachers and other staff in faith-based schools.

 

“Tasmanian faith-based schools are immensely better learning environments thanks to the state’s strong anti-discrimination laws.”
“If Tasmania’s faith-based schools can operate well without the right to discriminate against LGBTI teachers, schools in other states can too.”

 

Yesterday, just.equal released the results of an LGBTI community survey which found over 90% support for protecting LGBTI teachers from discrimination as well as students.

 

A copy of the survey report is attached.

 

The Senate Inquiry also called for the release of the Ruddock report and for broad-based protections for religious freedom.

 

The recommendations are below.

 

Recommendation 1

2.126    The committee recommends that the government reject recommendations 5 and 7 of the Religious Freedom Review, which permit faith‑based educational institutions to single out certain groups for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status, in particular circumstances.

Recommendation 2

2.127    The committee recommends that the government immediately release to the public the full report and findings of the Religious Freedom Review.

Recommendation 3

2.131    The committee recommends the Australian Government amend section 37 and remove subsection 38(3) of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, and amend any other relevant legislative provisions, to prohibit discrimination against students on the grounds of the protected attributes in the Act.

Recommendation 4

2.137    The committee recommends that further consideration be given to amending the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, and any other relevant legislation, to prohibit discrimination by faith‑based educational institutions against teachers and staff on the grounds of the protected attributes in the Act. In so doing, consideration should be given to the relevant provisions of the Anti‑Discrimination Act 1998 (TAS) discussed in this report.

Recommendation 5

2.140    The committee recommends that consideration be given to inserting in law a positive affirmation and protection of religious freedom in Australia that is appropriately balanced with other rights.

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  1. Rob Halton

    November 28, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Leaders within the LGITBQ ranks once gay marriage voted for and now accepted as law then have since over stepped the mark and demanded their exclusive rights apply to changes to everybody else’s daily routine.

    As this continues on society in general because of the troubled nature of their demands I am not surprised if religious schools wish to be free of LBITBQ agenda altogether especially when it is liable to cause interference with specific student education.

    It is already wrecking the university education sector where LGITBQ radicalism is rampant and causing problems among students and their educators.

    If there is no end in sight then increased wider spread LGIBTQ intolerance would result!

    The Greens and Labor need to tread carefully and not to become entrapped in what is heading in the direction of excessive demands from these groups.

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