Scott Morrison Vows To Change Laws Allowing Religious Schools To Expel LGBTQI Students
The government does not support the expulsion of gay students from religious non-state schools, the PM made clear.
A further plebiscite for the latest debate regarding sexual freedom in Australia won't be necessary, according to the Prime Minister.
Morrison pledged immediate amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act on Saturday, which will make clear "no student of a non-state school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality".
His office placed blame for the fiery nationwide discourse regarding the issue on the media.
"Misreporting has created unnecessary confusion and anxiety for parents and students alike," the PM's statement claimed.
The conversation regarding sexuality in religious schools occurred this week after a number of findings from the Ruddock Review -- ordered by former PM Malcolm Turnbull after 2017's marriage equality victory -- were made public.
The report suggested state-based laws, which see religious schools in some states allowed to refuse enrollment to LGBTQI students, could be standardised across the country.
Section 38 of the Sex Discrimination Act exempts religious schools from the law “in the provision of education” providing the school's policies are based on its religious beliefs and made publicly available.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wrote to Morrison on Friday night with an offer to remove these exemptions entirely, while the PM argued the Review proposed to "protect" students from the laws introduced by the previous Labor government.
"The Ruddock Review actually proposes restrictions to the laws introduced by the previous Labor Government, which gave religious schools greater ability to expel students where the school considered that was necessary according to the doctrines of the religion in question," read the PM's statement.
Morrison committed to "a simple amendment to end the confusion" and put forward a bipartisan discussion to take place within the fortnight.