Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten are being urged to heed polling that shows 70 per cent of Australians support the ability of faith-based educators to recruit staff willing to uphold the religious ethos of a school. Source: The Australian.
The polling also shows that two-thirds of the population believes Australian laws must protect the “universal human right to hold and practise religious beliefs”.
Commissioned by the Christian Schools Alliance this month, the poll comes after the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader offered their views on the dispute between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau over his religious views on homosexuals.
Labor has already told religious schools it plans to remove key protections for religious schools from the Sex Discrimination Act to better protect teachers from being discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.
The pledge has raised concerns among some Christian educators, who fear they will be legally exposed if they move against teachers who seek to undermine promotion of a traditional religious view of marriage as being between a man and a woman.
The survey of more than 2000 people across the country — conducted by SMR Global — found that 70 per cent of Australians support the “right of a religious school to employ teachers and other staff who support the values and beliefs of the school, if those values and beliefs are clearly stated”.
National executive officer of Christian Schools Australia Mark Spencer said the poll confirmed “resounding support” for schools to hire staff who shared the beliefs of the schools they taught in.
“These results are consistent with the policy views of the CSA, and should serve as a reassurance for policymakers and politicians,’’ he said. “Australians back Christian schools and are very supportive of protecting their values.”
Majority backs faith-based rights, poll shows (The Australian)