MP wants opt-out op­tion for schools

The West Australian - - NEWS -

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.

Nick But­terly

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