Religious freedom for Schools

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Liberal National Coalition 

The Liberal National Coalition supports amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act to make it clear that no student of a non-state school can be expelled on the basis of their sexuality.  

The Coalition also supports faith-based schools ability to conduct their affairs and teach in accordance with doctrines, tenets, beliefs or teaching of their faith.  

Australian Labor Party 

According to the Labor Party’s A Fair Go for LGBTIQ Australians policy, a Shorten Labor Government will amend the Sex Discrimination Act to remove the exemptions that permit religious schools to discriminate against students and staff on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity.  

Australian Conservatives 

The Australian Conservatives support the right of faith-based schools and institutions to hire, enrol and educate in line with their values without interference by anti-discrimination legislation. They also support the removal of laws against ‘offence’ and ‘insult’ from all federal legislation.  

The Greens

The Greens support the removal of exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act which currently allow for faith-based schools to uphold their values and ethos. The Greens go as far as to believe that single-sex schools should be forced to enrol students based on their gender identity rather than their biological sex. 

 The Greens also believe that actions including teachings must be limited when those actions interfere with the rights of Australians to live free from discrimination even when those actions are based on religious doctrines, tenants and beliefs.