Gays will not be ex­pelled

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - ROB HAR­RIS

RE­LI­GIOUS schools will be banned from ex­pelling or dis­crim­i­nat­ing against gay, les­bian or trans­gen­der stu­dents un­der sweep­ing fed­eral law changes.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son has vowed to end “un­nec­es­sary con­fu­sion and anx­i­ety” by promis­ing to end dis­crim­i­na­tion against chil­dren at­tend­ing re­li­gious schools.

Mr Mor­ri­son said con­trary to “nu­mer­ous mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions” in the me­dia this week the Rud­dock Re­view — com­mis­sioned to ex­am­ine re­li­gious free­doms af­ter same-sex mar­riage was le­galised — pro­posed to strengthen pro­tec­tions for stu­dents from dis­crim­i­na­tion.

He said the re­view pro­posed re­stric­tions to laws in­tro­duced by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment, which gave re­li­gious schools greater abil­ity to ex­pel stu­dents where the school deemed con­trary to the doc­trines of the re­li­gion.

Mr Mor­ri­son said he would make it clear no non-state school stu­dent should be ex­pelled due to their sex­u­al­ity.

“I also know this view is widely shared by re­li­gious schools and com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try,” he said.

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