Australia has ‘moral duty’ to take 20,000 more Afghan refugees, Catholic bishops say

Canberra Rally supporting refugeesAustralia’s Catholic bishops have called for a special intake of 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan, saying the country has a “moral duty” to do more. As part of its election statement, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said the country had an obligation to take more refugees from Afghanistan because of the support shown to Australian military forces.

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Attorney general defends religious schools’ right to sack teachers for views on sexuality

Attorney General Michaelia Cash
Michaelia Cash’s department says religious discrimination bill does not affect the operation of the Sex Discrimination Act but that it ‘would allow a religious school to consider a person’s religious beliefs about issues such as sexuality’. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP


The Attorney General’s department also says changes to Sex Discrimination Act protecting gay students will be delayed until after religious discrimination bill. Michaelia Cash’s department also says changes to Sex Discrimination Act protecting gay students will be delayed until after religious discrimination bill.

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