Sister teaches in a religious secondary school. When she started at the school, she was paranoid about the school finding out she was a dyke, and then when considering having a baby, paranoid about being an unmarried mother. Her fellow teachers know her living situation and know she has a daughter and one can assume school management knows.
In spite of some rising white smoke nonsense that seems to be happening in Rome, where tradition is all, Sister's school has not asked her to leave because she is a dyke or an unmarried mother. Apparently religious schools can be tolerant of their staffs' lifestyles.
Not so in Adelaide at a Islamic school, where two non Moslem teachers have been told they must wear a head scarf to cover their heads. They are not happy and are taking action. A school, which receives goodness knows how much money from the taxpayers of the supposedly secular Australia, is not focusing on the quality of the teachers, but about them covering their hair.
Assuming South Australia has the same laws as Victoria, the school can discriminate about who they employ. They are within their rights to not employ gay people, for instance. I don't think they can discriminate on religious grounds and so must give equal chance to Moslem and non Moslem teaching applicants.
For mine, over the next five years I would reduce taxpayer subsidies to religious schools to zero and direct the money to state funded schools. Schools are not the place for religious hocus pocus other than in an historical or social context.
If parents want their children educated in a religious school, then why do we taxpayers have to subsidise the schools when some of us are very against religion, especially Islam, which causes no end of problems in the world, as did and does Christianity, but the latter to a much lesser extent.
I happily pay my taxes, at times directed to things I might not approve of, but I am quite cross about so much money being directed to religious schools when many of our publicly funded schools, schools for all, are in seriously bad situations. And then such schools direct staff to wear headscarves. Schools are not places of worship where due respect should be shown if you enter.