Gay Students And Teachers Could Be Rejected From Religious Schools After Review

A religious freedoms report apparently recommends schools to reject gay students and teachers.                    Creative Commons

Religious schools already have exemptions to discrimination laws that allow them to exclude gay people in several states, including NSW, but not in others like Queensland.

'Each proposal will be considered carefully and respectfully before any final decisions are taken'.

"We have not sought concessions to discriminate against students or teachers based on their sexuality, gender identity or relationship status".

The report does not contain any recommendations to change the marriage act, nor does it contain any recommendations to establish a religious freedom act.

Wentworth has a large gay community, as well as a significant number of Jewish voters.

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

The review recommends that the permission to reject students would only apply to new enrollments and would need to be clearly communicated to students when they joined the school community.

Debate about religious schools' right to discriminate flared in November previous year after it was revealed a gay relief teacher was removedJU from the roster at South Coast Baptist College in Waikiki after revealing that he was in a same-sex relationship.

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President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Mark Coleridge said Catholic schools welcomed staff and students from all backgrounds.

Special Minister of State and Liberal MP Alex Hawke tells Ben religious schools should have the right to discriminate.

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

One area where the review does reportedly suggest a change could be made at a federal level is in relation to schools being able to turndown enrolments from students who are same-sex attracted.

"We remain deeply concerned that under a Morrison government this bill will be drafted without regard to the interests of LGBTIQ people and other minorities who now bear the brunt of religious discrimination", she said.

Nevertheless, critics have said the report is less about the freedom to practice religion and more about discrimination by faith groups.

"It's hard to comment without seeing the report, but our general proposition is Labour doesn't expand discrimination opportunities", Ms Plibersek said. "We shouldn't even be having this debate", Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne, demanding the government release the report.

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