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Australia seeks to ban schools from expelling gay students

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Australia seeks to ban schools from expelling gay students

By Lidia Kelly


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FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends a news conference in Canberra, Australia August 24, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray


MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia aims to ban private or religious schools from expelling students on the basis of their sexuality, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.


Debate over personal rights is growing ahead of a crucial by-election for Morrison's ruling Liberal-National coalition in the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Wentworth on Oct. 20.


"I will be taking action to ensure amendments are introduced as soon as practicable to make it clear that no student of a non-state school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality," Morrison said in a statement.


The statement, which urged parliament to tackle the issue over the next two weeks, follows an offer of support by the largest opposition party, Labour, to repeal legal exemptions that allow religious schools to discriminate.


Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, called this week for equality in school employment and enrolment.


"Once employed or enrolled, people within a Catholic school community are expected to adhere to the school's mission and values," the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper quoted him as saying.


Australia's parliament voted to legalise same-sex marriage in December after a nationwide postal survey returned an overwhelming majority in favour of the unions.


Morrison said the government was working through its responses to the recommendations of a review panel to examine if the change to the law had restricted religious freedom. The recommendations have not been publicly disclosed.


"Our government does not support expulsion of students from religious non-state schools on the basis of their sexuality," he added.


-- © Copyright Reuters 2018-10-13
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This is already covered in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1984


Sex Discrimination Act 1984

Discrimination on the basis of sex, marital or relationship status, pregnancy or potential pregnancy, breastfeeding, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status.

Sexual harassment is also prohibited under this Act.


sex·u·al o·ri·en·ta·tion
  1. a person's sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted; the fact of being heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.

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Well, if I was a gay student I wouldn't want to attend a school that had such unfair discriminatory policies in the first place. But of course students often have no choice on where to attend school as they generally go where their parents send them. Definitely a sad state of affairs when these religious "morality" preachers turn out to be nasty bigots. 

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2 hours ago, Dexlowe said:

This is the correct move, but let's hope it doesn't reach this level of acceptance:




and ... 






So, you think gays should be allowed in the school but not in pageants and shows?

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17 hours ago, pacovl46 said:

Why is it legal to ban them in the first place?! Sexual orientation is not something people choose. If you believe in God and that God is the creator of all life then there is only one logical conclusion to be drawn from that - God made them gay. So why would you ban them to begin with?! How Christian!

Yes it is a mess,and even this God hates gay people!

Some one is wrong some where.

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