The Andrews Government has tabled the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 to restrict who Christian schools in Victoria can employ.
This means a Christian school may be required to hire staff who openly disagree with the school’s religious beliefs.
Mark Spencer, Director of Public Policy for Christian Schools Australia, asks: ‘Why is the Government trying to dictate to a Christian school who it can employ or in what role?’
It is hypocritical for the Government to demand employment conditions on faith-based schools while exempting political parties. The major political parties demand the freedom to recruit staff according to their beliefs and values, a freedom protected by the Equal Opportunity Act.
Parents send their children to Christian schools because they want their children growing up and learning in a Christian community. The Andrews Government is determined to undermine parents’ choices and the distinctly Christian character and ethos of these schools.
Please email your Upper House members to ask them to stop this attack on Christian schools. And please share this urgent campaign with other believers in Victoria.
Take action today
Using the form below, please write an urgent letter – it will only take a couple of minutes. Some wording has been provided for you, but feel free to adjust it as you see fit. Be concise and respectful.
The salutation at the start and your name at the end will both be appended automatically. Please don't add these to the letter below, eg please do not address the email “Dear MP's name”.
When you complete your name and address in the box below, your letter will be directed to your Upper House MPs, as well as Jaclyn Symes and James Merlino.
Thank you for standing up for Christian schools.