Australia: Religious schools’ right to discriminate against gays ‘existing law’

Australia: Religious schools’ right to discriminate against gays ‘existing law’. By Rachael Blaxendale.

Scott Morrison has downplayed fears that the government may bolster laws permitting religious schools to discriminate against gay students and teachers as a result of the Ruddock review of religious freedoms, saying it is existing law for schools to refuse employment or admission on the basis of religious tenets. …

According to leaked details from the report, which the government has had since May, Mr Ruddock has recommended that the right of schools to turn away gay students and teachers be enshrined in the Sex Discrimination Act. …

Mr Morrison said schools already could turn students away on the basis of their sexual orientation.

“They can. That is the existing law. That is the existing law,” the Prime Minister said.

“And so the report in today’s Sydney Morning Herald forgot to mention one critical factor, that the existing law enables schools to do exactly what was in that report.

“So that’s not a change. That’s actually backing in an existing law.”

Asked whether he believed it was fair for a gay student to be turned away, Mr Morrison said: “Well it’s the existing law and we’re not proposing to change that law to take away that existing arrangement that exists.”

I cannot see that law lasting once the left get onto this issue.

hat-tip Stephen Neil