Morrison told Sky News on Thursday that he’ll “happily take the criticism” that he should have ruled out discrimination based on sexuality sooner but claimed the Ruddock religious freedom report had been misrepresented. This positive right would replace existing religious exemptions in federal law that allow discrimination but do not override state laws. Morrison told Sky News he was “not comfortable” with schools turning away gay children but accused Fairfax Media – which first reported the Ruddock recommendation – of misrepresenting the report. Plibersek told reporters in Sydney the “vast majority” of schools don’t use their exemptions to discrimination law to sack gay teachers or expel gay students, but confirmed it is “not Labor’s plan to reduce any of the existing exemptions”, as she said in January. Labor has ruled out expanding discrimination law exemptions.
Source: The Guardian October 11, 2018 21:50 UTC