NSW

The “Equality” legislation
attacks religious education

The NSW “Equality” Bill attacks religious schools and seriously erodes their ability to maintain their faith-based character.

The bill removes important provisions in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 for the religious freedom rights of religious schools, with regard to controversial issues of sexuality and transgender.

Parliament has delayed the vote on the “Equality” bill debate until March 14, giving us more time to convince them to reject this bill. 

The NSW Government has already committed to reviewing the anti-discrimination regime and should not support any changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act before this review is complete.

Nevertheless, Alex Greenwich’s “Equality” bill ignores this fact and tries to change the Anti-Discrimination Act by removing all protections for religious schools that allow them to operate according to their faith.

Under this legislation, schools would need to convince a judge that their actions are ‘reasonable’ when:

  • refusing to employ a teacher who publicly moonlights as a sex-worker;
  • not permitting biological boys access to girls’ toilets or change facilities; 
  • teaching a traditional view of marriage, sexuality or gender; or
  • directing a teacher not to teach views which are against the faith of the school.

This bill attacks religious schools.

The bill removes balancing provisions that protect the religious freedom rights of religious schools with regard to sexuality and transgender.

The bill should be rejected in its entirety.

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