Principal Philip Grutzner spoke to oppose any legislation that discriminates against students or staff on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Dear Carey Community,

Yesterday, I was invited to appear at the Federal Government Senate Inquiry into the Sexual Discrimination Act.

I took up the opportunity to appear because I believe that Carey and all schools should provide an environment and culture that is safe, inclusive and welcoming. I oppose any current Federal legislation which allows religious schools to discriminate against staff or students on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

At Carey we respect, celebrate and nurture individual, cultural and societal diversity. We embrace the unique qualities and skills of each individual and welcome students and staff from all backgrounds. As a Christian and leader of a Christian school, I look to the example of Jesus who welcomed all people from all backgrounds. Therefore, we should do the same at Carey and at all schools as we believe it is the right thing to do.

You can download my full submission, as well as a media article from today’s edition of the Herald Sun.

Regards,

Philip Grutzner