Mon May 17, 2010
a) Gay Tasmania
Parliamentary inquiry best response to Church discrimination demand
This article was published on the Tasmanian Times on 19.05.10.The Tasmanian Catholic Church’s demand for an exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Act so it can turn away non-Catholic students from its schools is one of the oddest public issues I have ever encountered.
The details of the Church’s demand keep changing, as do the reasons for this demand, and the Government’s response to it.
“Opening the floodgates”
The Archbishop of Hobart, Adrian Doyle, wrote in a recent letter to the editor that he wants an exemption “for those who are baptised in the Catholic faith” (The Mercury, 22.4.10). The exemption would only apply to students at their first enrolment (Catholic primary school students must re-enrol when they enter secondary and senior secondary Catholic schools). Doyle went on to criticise me for “publicly generat(ing) a perception that Catholic schools would use the Catholic ethos to exclude students”.
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