AUSTRIA’S top-ranked universities will be barred from offering classes in gay rights, as the country moves to legalise same-sex marriage.
Key points:Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says universities should not offer courses on LGBTI issuesUniversity officials say they are not yet aware of any policy banning students from gay rights classesQueenslanders will vote on same-day registration of ballot papers in NovemberQueenslander schools are to be allowed to set their own terms of admission for students who want to study on LGBTIQ topicsA bill which would legalise gay marriage passed its second reading in the Lower House in Parliament yesterday.
It is now being considered in the upper house of parliament.
The legislation, introduced by Liberal National Party MP Peter Whish-Wilson, would ban gay marriage, adoptions, surrogacy and foster care.
The bill, which has been backed by the United Nations and Human Rights Commissioner, has been referred to the Upper House of Parliament for consideration.
It passed the Upper house of Parliament by a vote of 72-21.
It has been sent to the Senate where the Government is expected to hold a vote later today.
Queenslands Minister for Education Simon Birmingham said it was an important day for the state.
“We are in the process of working through the details of the legislation, so I can’t be more clear that we will not be offering any courses on the subject in the coming year,” he said.
“I think this is a time of celebration and I’m sure that people will celebrate the new law that has been introduced.”
Queensliege is one of three Australian states which has already legalised same-gender marriage.
It was first passed in 1997.
Queenland is one the first states to make same-year registration mandatory for students.
This means any student who wants to study gay rights must register for the term of their degree and submit their details.
It also means that any student can be removed from a course if they fail to show up.
“The law has been carefully crafted to ensure that the right to study in a safe environment is a protected right for all Queenslanders,” Mr Birmingham said.
Queuesland’s law would also remove the requirement for students to complete their studies in a timely manner.
“As well as protecting the right of every student to learn, it will ensure that students are taught about equality and the importance of the role of a teacher in a diverse community,” Mr Whish Wilson said.
Mr Whish Whish’s bill has been supported by the Human Rights Commission, which says the law could help “make a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQI students”.
Queens’ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) community has faced violence and discrimination at school, with many being forced to live in the margins.