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Your voice has made an impact! 

It's extraordinary — less than a week ago, you and tens of thousands of other Australians signed a petition saying no to discrimination against students in our schools. 

Within a couple of days, both Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison had called for legislation to disallow this discrimination. 

And today, Bill Shorten has gone further and said that any legislation should cover teachers and other school employees too — something The Greens, civil society groups and the LGBTQI+ community have called for for many years. Schools shouldn't be able to hire or fire based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. 

What's more - according to a new poll out today, 74% of Australians agree with this position.1 

This is all momentous, but now we need to get the Prime Minister over the line, while he's feeling the heat of carrying an unpopular position into the Wentworth by-election this week. 

There's a Coalition party room meeting tomorrow, and if enough of us contact Coalition MPs in the next 24 hours, there's a good chance we can secure yet another historic win for equality. 

Can you take a moment to contact your local Coalition MP right now and ask them to stand for equality for teachers as well as students? 

GetUp Campaign Director Shen Narayanasamy delivered our petition to Labor Senator Louise Pratt, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, Greens Senator Janet Rice, and Independent Senator Tim Storer at Parliament House today, standing shoulder to shoulder to demand an end to all discrimination in our schools. 

But now we need to get our message through to Scott Morrison and Coalition MPs. Wentworth has a large and active LGBTQI+ community, and with the by-election this Saturday, it's critical that we push for reform this week, while the Coalition is under pressure. 

We've seen our voices make an impact already — let's raise them even louder! 

Can you take a moment to contact your local Coalition MP right now and ask them to stand for equality for teachers as well as students? 

Let's keep up the fight for equality, 

Henny and Shen for the GetUp Team 


References 
[1] Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Huge majority of Australians oppose laws banning gay students and teachers, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 2018 
 
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