It's all about behaviour: Bernardi

October 16, 2018

The Morrison government is split over whether to support Labor’s call to amend discrimination law to prevent religious schools not-hiring or firing gay staff.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi insists the issue should never be about sexual orientation but behaviour.

The Guardian reports, Deputy Liberal leader, Josh Frydenberg, and candidate for Wentworth, Dave Sharma are both backing Labor’s call but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to commit to extend his promise to prevent discrimination against students.

On Monday Bill Shorten extended Labor’s offer to prevent religious schools expelling gay students by suggesting the government should also protect staff and teachers at risk of discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.

There has been widespread backlash against religious schools’ right to discriminate on the grounds of sexuality after a leak of the Ruddock religious freedom review revealed the panel recommended entrenching exemptions to discrimination law, albeit with safeguards.

Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News, the issue is a behavioural one.

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