There is a move to change Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Act and the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) has recommended removing the right of Christian schools to exclusively hire Christian teachers.
The QHRC released a Report containing 46 recommendations, four of which relate to religious bodies (Recommendations 37, 38, 39, 40). Recommendation 39 introduces the most radical of the proposed changes to educational institutions.
This recommendation would narrow the 'genuine occupational requirements' so Christian schools cannot require all staff to be Christian. Only certain roles would meet that criteria, like the principal or chaplain. A science teacher, for example, would not be required to be a Christian.
This dramatically undermines a Christian school’s ability to fulfil their ethos.
Christian schools are places where students practice their faith along with teachers and staff. The idea that staff are not required to live according to the school’s religious ethos is at odds with faith-based learning.
Take action today
Using the form below, please write to your local Member of Parliament, as well as the Queensland Attorney General and Minister for Education. Some wording has been provided for you, but feel free to adjust it to express your personal concerns. Be concise and respectful.
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When you complete your name and address in the box below, your letter will be directed to your local MP, Shannon Fentiman MP (Qld Attorney-General) and Grace Grace MP (Qld Minister for Education).