One of our biggest wins of the past decade is at risk of being undone depending on the outcome of this month’s Victorian election.
In 2010, through the support of people like you and by the grace of God, ACL secured a commitment from the incoming Coalition Government to overturn a restriction on Christian schools and organisations being able to employ all staff on the basis that they share the organisation's faith and ethos.
This was a huge win for religious freedom. Now the Labor Opposition is seeking to reimpose the restriction on freedom if they are elected later this month.
Throughout this election season, ACL is working tirelessly to persuade Labor to change its position on this critical issue.
This is going to be like David and Goliath.
This was a law that was overturned by a Coalition Government. Labor is determined to reintroduce the "inherent requirements" test which would, as the Attorney General, Robert Clark MP, said when repealing the law in 2011: "... have the consequence that faith based schools and other organisations could be forced to hire staff who are fundamentally opposed to what the organisation stands for".
Christian schools and organisations merely wish to have the same freedoms in employing staff that apply to political parties.
Reintroducing the "inherent requirements" test would seriously diminish the freedom of Christian schools. It is the distinctive Christian community that makes Christian schools so attractive to so many parents.
Despite the challenges, we know that all things are possible for God. Please be praying that we can persuade Labor to change its position and preserve School Freedom.
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