Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Oppose the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that multi-faith and multi-cultural communities oppose the Andrews Government’s Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021.

The Government has not sufficiently consulted faith communities. As a result, this Bill will rob religious schools and bodies, including churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, the right to employ staffs who adhere to their beliefs, or the right to require staff to live according to their religious doctrines, beliefs or principles. This poses a grave threat to religious schools and bodies, making them vulnerable to litigation and attacks by activists.

This Bill will also remove the right of fee-paying parents at religious schools to have their children educated according to their beliefs which are modelled by all teachers and staff. Schools will no longer be able to provide an environment that is in line with their faith, as expected by parents.

Political parties currently enjoy the freedom to recruit staff according to their political beliefs and values under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. It is hypocritical for the Government to demand employment conditions on faith-based schools and organizations while exempting political parties.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council oppose the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021.
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