Writing discrimination into law

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Every child enters a new school with a backpack full of fears, excitement and emotions. Will you make friends? Will you like your teacher? Will your teacher like you? 

But no child, at any school, should have to fear being rejected for who they are. 

Today we learn the Morrison Government could enshrine such discrimination into law — allowing religious schools to reject students based on their sexual orientation.1 

Can you imagine how that would make a child feel? Bullied by not just one person, but by their school itself? Or the intrusion this would permit into a young person's private life at a critical time in their growth and development? 

It's monstrous. 

This proposal is being considered by Cabinet right now, but we still have time to stop it, if we speak out in huge numbers to protect the rights and safety of our children. 

Sign the petition now to stand against harmful discrimination against LGBTIQA+ children in schools. 

This recommendation came from the Government's review into religious freedom, driven by conservative resentment after Australians overwhelmingly voted yes for Marriage Equality. 

In a true democracy, there is no freedom to discriminate. Every person is entitled to their views, opinions and religious beliefs, but not to the point of harming others. 

In fact, freedom from discrimination is the bedrock principle of democratic values, and what we must now protect. Because time and again we learn those values are only as strong as the people willing to stand up for them when they come under threat. 

Sign the petition now to stand against harmful discrimination against LGBTIQA+ children in schools. 

Yours in fighting for equality, 

Henny — for the GetUp Team 

References 
[1] Religious Freedom Panel Recommendation on Religious Schools, ABC News, 10 October 2018 
 
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