The Religious Freedoms Review and what it means for religious schools

The Religious Freedoms Review was established in the lead up to the 2017 same sex marriage vote by the Prime Minister to ensure that any reforms to protect religious freedom at large should be undertaken carefully. The same sex vote drew attention to other areas of the law which have attracted controversy. Now, religious education authorities are speaking out about wanting to protect their religious freedoms so they can still hire and fire staff based on their religious or political views. There are also calls for religious authorities to have the right to select students, based on their religious beliefs. The Review’s findings are due at the end of March.

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Clubs and associations for children – do they comply with child protection laws and principles?

Recently in the news, an Opera Australia singer was charged with historic child sex offences in NSW and a Scouts leader was charged with serious child sex offences in QLD.  These incidents occurred in organisations with responsibilities to ensure the safety of the young people who participate in singing and Scouts activities. Like our previous article on ADF Cadets nationally, these incidents also raise questions about the application of child safe laws and principles to organisations other than schools.

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