Liam Elphick and colleagues write in The Conversation (10.10.18) about the release of details from the federal government’s Ruddock Review into religious protections and freedoms in Australia. The authors note that the report affirms that religious freedom is not to be legally entrenched as superior to rights to equality and freedom from discrimination.
‘Media outlets today reported on leaked extracts of the much-awaited religious freedom inquiry report, which has yet to be released by the federal government. The leaked recommendations give us a clear snapshot into what the review means for religious freedom and LGBT+ rights in Australia.
‘Despite much commentary to the contrary, the recommendations actually constrain rather than expand federal religious exemptions to LGBT+ protections.
‘… The central recommendation of the now-leaked sections of the Ruddock report is the introduction of a federal prohibition on religious discrimination.
‘This would mean that, for instance, it would be unlawful to fire someone because they are Muslim, or require a sabbath-observant Christian student to attend classes on a Sunday. The protection extends to absence of belief, so that a person should not be discriminated on the basis that they are atheist or agnostic.
‘Currently, federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex and other attributes, but not religion. Though most states protect religious belief, this federal protection would add appropriate coverage across Australia and fill any existing gaps.’
- Ruddock report constrains, not expands, federal religious exemptions »
- Christians in Australia are not persecuted, and it is insulting to argue they are »
- View from The Hill: Discrimination debate will distress many gay school students »
- Philip Ruddock plays down religious freedoms report recommendations, says discrimination law should be ‘contracted’ »
- After his ‘miracle’ election, will Scott Morrison feel pressure from Christian leaders on religious freedom? »
- Grattan on Friday: Folau affair shows Morrison heading into religious freedom morass »
- Politics with Michelle Grattan: Father Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom »
- Tim Costello: ‘Christians need to calm down’ and ‘suck it up’ over alleged persecution »
- The government has released its draft religious discrimination bill. How will it work? »
- The religious discrimination bill should not allow the far right to have their way »
- Religious Discrimination Bill is a mess that risks privileging people of faith above all others »
- Queensland religious groups fight move to make gay conversion therapy a crime »
- Gay conversion therapy to be outlawed in Queensland this week »
- Why is the Australian Christian Lobby waging a culture war over LGBTQ issues? »
- Why Australia needs a national ban on conversion therapy »
- How COVID has shone a light on the ugly face of Australian antisemitism »
- Religious groups warn Australian government to retain clause allowing discrimination in proposed bill »
- Coalition waters down religious discrimination bill by scrapping Folau clause »
- The debate about religious discrimination is back, so why do we keep hearing about religious ‘freedom’? »
- Third time lucky? What has changed in the latest draft of the religious discrimination bill? »
- New religious discrimination bill will cause damage to Australian society that will be difficult to heal »
- Coalition will consider changes to religious discrimination bill after Senate inquiry, Michaelia Cash says »
- Scott Morrison says gay teachers should not be fired under religious discrimination laws »
- Christian lobby groups attack Morrison for vowing students won’t be expelled due to their sexuality or gender »
There’s no argument or support for allowing schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ teachers
Mary Lou Rasmussen and colleagues write in The Conversation (16.10.18) that, in light of details from the Ruddock Review, public opinion polls and a survey of Australian youth show there’s little support for allowing schools to hire or fire teachers based on their sexual orientation.
‘Part of the Ruddock report on the review of religious freedoms was leaked last week in the media. The review was commissioned on the eve of the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The review addresses schools’ right to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
‘There appears to be a lack of public support for any exemptions that allow schools to have policies that exclude students based on sexual and gender diversity. But this doesn’t mean discrimination will suddenly disappear.
‘Perversely, mandating that schools publicly advertise their position, as recommended by the review, might provide stronger safeguards for students and teachers. Families and young people might be able to better determine which schools are definitely not inclusive.’
- There’s no argument or support for allowing schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ teachers »
- Why legislation should ban schools from discriminating against LGBTIQ+ students and teachers »
- How religion will divide the Liberals and inflame the Parliament »
- Senators warn against expanding religious schools’ rights to expel gay students »
- View from The Hill: Conservatives may come to regret stirring hornets’ nest of religious freedom »
- In long-awaited response to Ruddock review, the government pushes hard on religious freedom »
- Religious freedom and LGBT kids: Coalition kicks can down the road with yet another review »
- Bringing race into the religious freedom debate could make for an ugly election »
- Religious discrimination laws are a new culture war in the making »
- The Guardian view on religious liberty: the freedom to be wrong »
- Labor senators want schools’ ‘ethos’ preserved in LGBT discrimination law »
- Legislative exemptions that allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate against students, teachers and staff »
- Religious discrimination bill gives Australians ‘right to be a bigot’ »
- ‘I felt this crushing guilt’: how faith-based LGBTQ conversion practices harm young Australians »
- Religious discrimination bill will override states’ equality protections, education union warns »
- Schools can still expel LGBTQ+ kids. The Religious Discrimination Bill only makes it worse »
- No protection for gay students at religious schools at least until 2023 »
- The religious discrimination bill is not just words – it will make LGBTIQ+ Australians sick »
- Labor to focus on LGBTQI issues in religious freedom bill amid warning from Keneally »
- Why religious lobby groups are fighting to keep schools’ power to discriminate »
- Catholic schools ‘open’ to fast-tracking protections for gay students »
- Teachers can be sacked over sexuality under bill, A-G’s department confirms »
- ‘Unlawful discrimination’: Queensland rights commissioner says schools can’t use student contracts to avoid laws »
- Can religious vilification laws protect religious freedoms? »