A bill before the Victorian Parliament professes to put an end to discrimination, but the result will be nothing of the kind. What it would achieve is nothing less than the formal rejection of the idea that diverse views are integral to the conduct of a civil society

The difference between religious and government schools in matters of faith-based conviction and conscience is being blurred by the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Bill recently introduced by the Andrews government in the Victorian Parliament. The amendment will override the principles and wishes of many parents for their children to be educated in the tenets of a particular faith, as well as in an environment that encourages and models a distinct way to live.

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