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Philip Ruddock clears up controversy on review suggesting schools ban gay children

Philip Ruddock clears up controversy on review suggesting schools ban gay children”

"Storm of the century" Hurricane Michael rips roof off hotel on live TVIt said: 'There is a wide variety of religious schools in Australia and ... to some school communities, cultivating an environment and ethos which conforms to their religious beliefs is of paramount importance.

He said Section 38 of the Federal Sex Discrimination Act already allows same sex schools to discriminate and this "regime" will not change.

GAY students and teachers could be rejected by religious schools under changes to anti-discrimination laws being recommended by a federal review into religious freedom.

Independent senator Derryn Hinch will move a notice of motion in the Senate next Monday, calling for government funding to be stripped from private schools that discriminate against teachers or students on sexuality grounds.

'Specifically protecting freedom of religion would be out of step with the treatment of other rights, ' the report stated.

Liberal candidate for Wentworth Dave Sharma, appearing alongside the treasurer in Sydney on Wednesday, said he was personally opposed to any new laws which discriminated on the basis of gender or sexual orientation.

"To the extent that this can be done in the context of appropriate safeguards for the rights and mental health of the child, the panel accepts their right to select, or preference, students who uphold the religious convictions of that school community".

But, according to Fairfax, it says people of faith are entitled to "equal and effective protection" alongside sanctions against discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin.

The review - led by former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock - was completed five months ago but the Government has refused to release it publicly until it has been considered by Cabinet.

The hiring and rejection of teachers may also be based on their religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status.

"What kind of adult wants to turn away a child, wants to reject a kid because they are gay?" she said.

The review found civil celebrants should not be able to refuse to conduct same-sex marriages, and that a Religious Freedom Act was unnecessary.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he can't believe the prime minister hasn't ruled out the "silly" idea completely.

Special Minister of State Alex Hawke strongly supported the proposal, saying it is up to individual Christian schools to negotiate their handling of gay students.

The Yes (to same-sex marriage) Campaign said redefining marriage would have "no consequences" for other peoples' beliefs.

Gay rights activists have slammed the proposal as a shameful assault on equality.

"Schools can not discriminate against a child or a teacher on the grounds of sexuality".



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