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Ending discrimination won’t cause the sky to fall

With the prospect of changes to federal laws to protect LGBTQ students and teachers from discrimination by religious schools back on the agenda, a familiar cry has gone up from powerful religious organisations: the end is nigh!

We need to call this scaremongering out. The sky is not falling.

What is being proposed is not new.

The majority of Australian states and territories removed exceptions that allowed religious schools to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity years ago.

The changes being proposed would ensure consistent, national protection.

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