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Legal threat over job ad modification


Tasmania's Catholic Education Office is seeking legal advice in response to a newspaper's modificaton of its job ads which the newspaper believed to be discriminatory.

The Catholic Leader reports that the Office is anxious to assert its right to advertise for staff "with an active involvement and commitment to the Catholic faith" after the daily newspaper The Mercury ran a modified version of an advertisement for six principal positions last Saturday.

"We are now considering the appropriate action for us to take against the paper," Tasmanian Catholic Education Director Paul Stevens said. "We see the role of the principal as a key ministry in the Catholic Church because they are the leader of an education and faith community."

Tasmania's Catholic Education Office maintains applications do not have to be Catholic.

"(But it is a public lifestyle issue that they would be supportive of what we are teaching to the students in those areas," Mr Stevens said.

Last July, the Office applied for an exemption under the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 to proceed with its recruitment campaign but has since withdrawn it. Mr Stevens clalims the advertising restrictions violate the right of freedom of religoin and the right of parents to have children taught in schools which uphold Church doctrines.


Catholic Leader


8-Jun-01