Queensland Human Rights Commission Report tabled in Parliament
The Report of the Queensland Human Rights Commission's Review of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) was tabled in Parliament by Attorney-General Hon Shannon Fentiman MP yesterday. You can read the final report HERE.
The Attorney-General stated that the recommended changes “will mean LGBTIQ+ students and staff feel safe in religious schools, while still protecting religious freedoms.” Unfortunately, the recommendations appear to do the opposite.
Concerningly, the Report recommends:
- Privileging the right to equality over the right to free exercise of religion (Recommendation 2.3);
- Allowing ‘representative organisations’ to bring complaints on behalf of individual complainants (Recommendation 10.1);
- Protecting 'addiction' as an attribute (Recommendation 21.4);
- Entrenching the ideology of ‘gender identity’ in the Act (Recommendation 22);
- Protecting sexual expression outside of biblical marriage (Recommendation 23.1);
- Narrowing exceptions in the Act relating to gendered sport (Recommendation 36.3);
- A severe narrowing of the exception allowing Christian schools to hire Christian staff exclusively, further recommendation that 'science teachers' not be required to have faith to teach at Christian schools (Recommendation 39);
- A severe narrowing of the enrolment exception allowing Christian schools to preference children from Christian families (Recommendation 40.1).
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