Senate debates

Tuesday, 16 October 2018


Anti-discrimination Laws

4:10 pm

Photo of Derryn HinchDerryn Hinch (Victoria, Derryn Hinch's Justice Party) Share this | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1114 standing in my name by adding the words 'or gender identity' after the words 'sexual orientation' in sections (a)(ii) and (b)(ii).

Leave not granted.

by leave—I move the motion as it stands:

That the Senate—

  (a) acknowledges:

     (i) the recent partial release of the 'Ruddock Report' into religious freedoms in Australia, and

     (ii) that, in response, both the government and the opposition have now committed to repealing sections of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, which allow independent schools to sack teachers and expel children on the basis of their sexual orientation; and

  (b) calls on the Federal Government to:

     (i) work with the states and territories to achieve consistency in anti-discrimination laws,

     (ii) withhold federal funding to any schools which engage in discrimination against teachers or students on the basis of sexual orientation, and

     (iii) deny charity tax concessions to any organisation or commission responsible for a school that engages in discrimination.


Meredith Doig
Posted on 30 Nov 2018 2:57 pm

This is a sensible and welcome move.