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Anti Discrimination Act School Amendments Concerns

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Thursday, 19 March 2015

Tags: Discrimination, Schools, LGBTI, Anti-Discrimination Act

If religious schools want to use Mr Rockliff's blanket exemption to discriminate on religious grounds they should hand back every single dollar of government funding they receive.

"Minister Rockliff should refuse to fund religious schools which want to use his blanket exemption to discriminate, and he should use the savings to re-employ some of the hundreds of teachers he has sacked from public schools," said Greens Education spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

"The risk is that religious schools will use this blanket exemption as cover to discriminate against gay or lesbian students, children of same sex couples, children with disabilities, or children with de facto parents."

"We've seen identical provisions used as cover to discriminate on non-religious grounds on the mainland, and we don't want see it happening in Tasmania."

"Mr Rockliff secretly increased funding to non-government schools this year, and now he wants to allow them to use that funding to discriminate."

"This was put to me repeatedly by non-government school representatives when I was Minister, and I rejected it every time. The Greens will campaign vigorously against the institutionalised discrimination the Liberals are trying to introduce."

"Mr Rockliff is running an ideological attack on public school funding while secretly catering to every whim of the non-government sectors," Mr McKim said.