Gay ban ruled out
RELIGIOUS schools will be banned from expelling or discriminating against gay 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.
He 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 Labor government, which gave religious schools greater ability to expel students according to the doctrines of the religion in question.
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.