MP wants opt-out option for schools
Faith-based schools should be able to opt out of State and Territory curriculum if they see it as contrary to their religious beliefs, WA Liberal Andrew Hastie says.
The call comes as coalition conservatives draw up a list of religious “protections” to be demanded as part of the passage of the Bill to legalise same-sex marriage.
But WA Liberal Dean Smith has pushed back against efforts to water down or contain his same-sex marriage Bill, arguing the resounding nature of the Yes vote shows Australians are comfortable with the safeguards in place.
It is understood a group of conservatives will table a series of demands they say would give greater comfort to religions and faith-based schools.
“I think that parents should be able to raise and educate their children in conformity with their moral and religious convictions,” Mr Hastie said.
“It is one of the liberties that makes Australia a free society.
“So I’ll be very concerned if parental rights are not protected in the Marriage Act.
“Parents should be able to pull their children out of Safe Schools or similar programs that undermine their moral and religious convictions,” he said.