Scott Morrison has finally bought into the debate over religious schools being able to reject gay students, saying he’s “uncomfortable” with the policy.
The Prime Minister initially wouldn’t express an opinion, and says he regrets not speaking out earlier.
The row was sparked earlier this week when a recommendation from Philip Ruddock’s review of religious freedoms, concentrating on the powers of schools, was leaked.
The provision already exists, and the government says the Ruddock review recommends tighter controls, and protections for students.
“I don’t want to see any child discriminated against whether it’s because of gender or their sexuality, race, or religion,” Mr Morrison said.
“What the proposal is that we should be targeting and better protecting children in those laws around religious schools.
“It was actually the Labor Party that introduced the laws that this report is critical of.”
Mr Morrison tried to turn the attack on Labor leader, Bill Shorten, over his opposition, after backing the provision in government.
The conflict comes as both sides of politics are preparing for the upcoming Wentworth by-election in Sydney.
Although the seat has a huge margin for the Liberal Party, the head is deceptive – if their primary vote drops under 50 percent and an Independent candidate finishes second on just a quarter of the vote, she could still win by taking preferences from Labor and the Greens.