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The Coalition’s record on social policy: big on promises, short on follow-through


Hilkemeijer, A and Maguire, A and Gelber, K and Whiteford, P, The Coalition's record on social policy: big on promises, short on follow-through, The Conversation, The Conversation Trust, Melbourne, Australia, 10 April (2019) [Newspaper Article]

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In December 2017, joyous scenes accompanied the long-awaited enactment of marriage equality in Australia. This joy was soon replaced by outrage, however, when the community learned of the extent to which religious schools may legally discriminate against students and staff on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation. In response, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last October that parliament would swiftly act to disallow religious schools to expel students on the basis of their sexuality. However, action on removing the special exemptions in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) for religious schools quickly stalled. Following a number of private members’ bills, a range of amendments and two Senate inquiries, it became clear the Coalition government wanted religious schools to retain some special exemptions.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:human rights, discrimination, religious freedom
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International humanitarian and human rights law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hilkemeijer, A (Dr Anja Hilkemeijer)
ID Code:132055
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2019-04-17
Last Modified:2019-04-18

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