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Don’t Expel Students If They’re Gay, Only If They Have Gay Sex, Lyle Shelton

The federal government’s Ruddock Review into religious freedom laws has taken a bizarre turn with the former managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby turned politician, Lyle Shelton claiming that religious schools should not have the right to expel students for being gay. However, should have the right to if the student engages in same-sex sexual behaviour.

Yesterday, a section of the findings from the Ruddock Review was leaked to the media showing recommendations that encourage the government to allow all religious schools across the country the right to ‘discriminate in relation to students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status’ contrary to the current Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act.

Speaking with Fairfax Media, Shelton the now Queensland Senate candidate for Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party explained:

“A school should be allowed to ensure that they can protect their ethos. If individuals are acting in a way that’s not in accordance with the well-known ethos of that school, those schools should be able to do what they need to do to preserve that.”

Asked whether that meant students could be expelled for having sex with someone of the same sex, Mr Shelton said: “Yes, absolutely.”

Further adding to the strange response from the review, conservative media commentator Andrew Bolt has disagreed with the leaked findings, telling his viewers on Sky News Australia that if the review suggests schools are “free to be bigots”, for rejecting gay students, it should add “any school that does anything that mean and that stupid should not get a single dollar of taxpayers money.”

 

 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told media that he intends to respond to the entire Ruddock report before the end of the year.

UPDATE: In a post to his Facebook page, Lyle Shelton claims he does not recall being asked about “expelling kids for having sex”.

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