Issue Guide: Review of Anti-Discrimination Act in NSW

NSW Law Reform Commission Review of Anti-Discrimination Act

1. The issue in brief

The NSW Attorney General, Michael Daley, has asked the NSW Law Reform Commission to review the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). This could have a significant impact on Christian and other faith-based schools, but also people of faith in NSW more broadly. 

The Terms of Reference which determine the scope for the review are very broad, “to review and report on the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)”. The Commision is asked “whether the Act could be modernised …” to “… reflect contemporary community standards”.  This often means fundamental and inalienable human rights are simply ignored if they are politically unpopular – not an appropriate basis to protect human rights.

2. What could this mean for your sons and daughters at Christian schools?

The potential implications for Christian schools are wide-ranging and could include far more restrictions on our ability to choose staff who share our beliefs.  This is an essential element of Christian schools being able to provide the high quality, caring and compassionate education which you have chosen for your children.

3. What can you do?

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