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Simon Birmingham confirms that the Religious Discrimination Bill will not protect trans students against expulsion.

Senator leader: The issue of discrimination based on gender identity will be looked into by the Senate, but it is not currently being addressed

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Simon Birmingham confirms that the Religious Discrimination Bill will not protect trans students against expulsion.

A senior minister revealed that the Morrison government will try to protect gay students from expulsion while simultaneously protecting trans students.

Scott Morrison committed Monday to bringing an amendment to stop children being expelled "because they are sexually inclined", but the most recent government amendments fail to protect students based on gender identity.

Labor believes the draft amendments that it has seen will not protect students attracted to same-sex by discrimination. This opens the possibility of religious schools punishing them with other sanctions, if necessary.

Simon Birmingham is the Senate leader and finance minister. He confirmed Tuesday that the proposal was to repeal the exemption in relation to sexual orientation. However, it does not go beyond that.

Birmingham stated to Radio National that the Australian Law Reform Commission would continue its investigation into the issue of gender discrimination. This would mean a delay of at most 12 months after the religious discrimination legislation passes.

He stated that the amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act for students of same-sex would be a "positive step forward" while protections for trans students "still need to be subjected to a relatively rapid" review.

Birmingham stated that he wants to see "as little discrimination as possible, while respecting" schools of faith's ability to establish their own ethos.

These inadequacies seem to violate both the commitment Morrison made to Anthony Albanese on 1 December to stop "any form discrimination against students on the basis sexuality or gender identity" as well as the group of four Liberal MPs who negotiated the removal of the religious exemption from the Sex Discrimination Act.

This move is to stop conservative Christian ire at this deal to protect students. It also prevents what Amanda Stoker, assistant attorney general , described as "unintended consequence" of schools not being able to maintain standards by discriminating against students who are gender nonconforming.

Morrison stated Tuesday morning that the ability to expel trans student students was based on "an existing law" and that the religious bill does not endorse such an arrangement.

Tony Burke, Labor's manager for opposition business, pointed out that Morrison had stated he would "end discrimination against all students", and told Radio National that he "should be true to his word."

Albanese stated that Labor supports the idea "that you shouldn't discriminate against on the basis your faith", but does not know the final position of the government.

He stated, "We want a society where no one is discriminated against." "Everyone must be protected. This is the goal.

On Tuesday, the religious discrimination bill will be returned to parliament. The prime minister is pushing for a vote. Given the divisions within the Liberal party over it, Labor support is likely to be required to pass.

On Friday Labor MPs, senators from two committees joined with the government to call for the bill's passage after minor and technical modifications. However, the government is still waiting to finalise its position citing the need of scrutinising amendments.

Morrison wrote Labor in December promising to "move an amend to remove the provisions [of the Sex Discrimination Act] which were included 2013 which limited the protections afforded under this Act," which was a reference to schools' ability to discriminate on grounds of sexuality or gender.

Divisions within the company

The bill is facing fierce resistance from the Coalition, with Bridget Archer (member for Bass) telling Guardian Australia that she cannot support it in its current form . Senator Andrew Bragg seeks protections for teachers as well as the removal of the controversial statements-of-belief clause.

Liberal MP Angie Bell stated that removing the religious exemption from the SDA would suffice to win her vote. However, it is not clear if excluding trans students will jeopardize a deal she and the three other MPs Fiona Martin and Katie Allen.

Sharma also raised concerns about teachers. Allen, however, has explored amending the statement-of-belief clause to ensure it does not override state laws.

Warren Entsch and Trent Zimmerman have both reserving their positions. Entsch stated to Guardian Australia that he didn't believe the bill should be there in the first instance.

Morrison stated Monday that the changes to the Sex Discrimination Act "go well together" and the religious discrimination bill, signaling a vote in the lower house as soon as Tuesday.

He said, "It's an important bill." "It's a bill which allows a Sikh family to rent an apartment without being discriminated against."

Morrison stated that the bill would allow people to express their beliefs in society and at work.

"My hope is that it will be a bill that brings together Australians around this issue."

Albanese stated Monday that people shouldn't be discriminated against based on their religion, gender, sexuality, or race.

He told the Conversation that legislation must be practical.

"And the test here is - are you able to ensure that you support non-discrimination while not discriminating against any other group? This is the test we have always said we would use.

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