Private schools can still expel students based on their sexual preference.
Public schools and other educational institutions cannot discriminate on sexuality. Private schools are the exception to that rule. Under the NSW Anti-Discrimination act, they are allowed to openly discriminate against students based on sexual preference.
Independent MP for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, has introduced a private member’s bill to remove these exemptions for private schools. NSW Labor is throwing its support behind the bill to abolish the law loopholes. The private school lobby, however, is pushing to kill the bill so they can continue to openly discriminate against students.
Private schools have put up an argument saying that their ability to discriminate is essential to “maintaining their religious ethos”.
In a letter that was published on News, a man simply referred to as “Adam L” revealed that his school called for a meeting with him and his mother, to talk about the “issue” of his sexuality. This came after a story about his “coming out” was publicised in Girlfriend magazine and subsequently featured on Sunrise. Adam L was allowed to stay in school on the conditions that:
a) He could not mention or talk about his sexuality to anyone at school.
b) His partner Rick was to have nothing to do with school or school functions.
c) He had to see a counsellor weekly until he left school.
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