Kids Overboard

Scott Morrison told parliament the Religious Discrimination Bill (2021) was intended ‘to give legal protection against discrimination for people of faith’. However, some provisions seemed to give faith schools the right to discriminate against students. Amendments to protect gay students failed to protect gender-diverse ones, prompting some moderate Liberal MPs to cross the floor. The Bill passed, with Labor’s support, but was shelved after Senate amendments intended to protect LGBTQIA+ students’ rights sparked a backlash among some religious conservatives.