Mark Durie is an Anglican minister in Melbourne who is well known for his understanding of religious freedom issues. He has just prepared a 3 minute video clip, highlighting the huge concerns about Labor’s proposal to re-introduce laws to require Christian schools and organisations to PROVE why they need to employ Christians who share their values.


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  1. 1 Principal Kerry

    Message from the Principal

    Dear Parents & Staff,

    As the state election campaign draws to a close the Labor plan to abolish the general exemption which now exists for Christian organisations to hire Christian staff still persists. The ALP policy has the potential to seriously undermine and negatively affect the ability of faith based organisations to engage staff, without fear of litigation, who reflect their religious worldview. This is Victorian ALP policy, and it will be enacted should they win government following Saturday’s election.

    Conversely, it is enshrined in law that politicians, from all political persuasions, enjoy a broad exemption when employing their staff. For example, Labor Ministers and Members of Parliament may employ Labor political staff by enjoying the exemption from discrimination, which they are seeking to undermine for faith-based organisations. This is fact. Similarly for Liberal MPs, Green MPs and so on.

    Christian Schools Australia (CSA) yesterday sent this part message to all Victorian CSA schools.

    When weighing all issues, please consider this:

    Policies relating to religious freedom are very important to the Christian school movement, including staff and parents of Christian schools.

    The right of religious faith-based schools to employ members of the faith is paramount. Protecting this right is a key issue for Christians.

    The protection currently provided in Victorian law is appropriate. No case for change has been made. Despite Labor’s claims to the contrary, a Parliamentary Committee specifically recommended against the changes adopted by Labor.

    In the 2014 election, the ALP platform would reverse the religious freedom assumptions on which employment in faith-based schools is based.

    The Coalition platform would preserve and protect those freedoms.

    In brief, if the right of Christian schools to employ Christian staff is important you, the Coalition’s position is superior. While the Coalition has guaranteed to protect the status quo, Labor’s policy would wind back the religious freedoms that are important to Christian schools. Please do not read this letter as party political, as it is focused on a policy issue. Unfortunately the political party behind this legislative change will not listen to the groundswell of Victorians who are labelling it as religious discrimination.

    Yours in Christ,

    Kerry Hutton
    Principal
    Ballarat Christian College

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