Tas church presses for school anti-discrimination exemption

Hobart Archbishop Adrian Doyle is calling on the Tasmanian government to revise anti-discrimination laws that make it technically illegal for Catholic schools to give enrolment priority to Catholic children.

The ABC reports that Archbishop Doyle is hoping to open a new Catholic school in the Kingborough municipality, south of Hobart, by 2009.

He says the exemption would help ensure that at least 75 per cent of students at the relocated and expanded St Aloysius School would be Catholic.

The Archbishop says he has met the state's Attorney-General, Steve Kons, and asked for his help to protect the Church's policy.

"From a technical point of view, the policy places the education system, and me personally I might add, in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1988," he said.

"Tasmania is the only jurisdiction in Australia where such a situation exists."

Tas Catholic Church pushes for changes to anti-discrimination laws (ABC News, 29/4/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Archdiocese of Hobart | Archbishop Adrian Doyle
Archbishop Adrian Leo Doyle (Catholic-Hierarchy)
Federal and state anti-discrimination law (HREOC Website)

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30 Apr 2007