The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission has revised a controversial series of draft guidelines affecting Church organisations and agencies involved in the Job Network scheme.
    The draft guidelines drew criticism from Federal Employment Services Minister Tony Abbott in early September after they were released for public discussion and comment.
    Mr Abbott, in a letter to the president of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, Professor Alice Tay, said the draft guidelines were not fair to religious organisations because it should not be a condition of entering the Job Network that these organisations be required to treat the religious commitment of staff members as a 'mere optional extra'.
    A spokesperson for Professor Tay emphasised that the guidelines were released in draft form for comment, and were not a statement of the Commission's policy.
Catholic Leader
13 Oct 00

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