Deal sought on re­li­gion

The Observer - - NATION -

LA­BOR leader Bill Shorten has vowed to work with Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son to en­sure no child is turned away from a school be­cause of their sex­u­al­ity. One of the rec­om­men­da­tions from a leaked con­tro­ver­sial re­view into re­li­gious free­doms, led by former Lib­eral Philip Rud­dock, is to strengthen the right for schools to re­ject gay staff and stu­dents.

Pro­tec­tion of re­li­gious be­liefs al­ready ex­ists in al­most ev­ery state and ter­ri­tory ju­ris­dic­tion, ex­cept NSW and South Aus­tralia.

“I don’t think if some­one’s at a school that they should be kicked out be­cause they have a dif­fer­ent sex­u­al­ity.” Mr Shorten said the ex­ist­ing laws are “out of date, if in fact they were ever in date”.

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