Re: Wow there is life out there.
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Fri, 09 May 1997 08:59:57 +0800
>> Are the Canadian and Australian programs co-educational?
>In Australia it is illegal to be a single-sex organization unless it is
>completely single-sex; for instance, Girl Guides of Australia does not
>admit male members at all (as leaders, for instance). The Scout
>Association of Australia is mixed.
A bit further to that. Since the earliest days of Wolf Cubs there were
female cub leaders. In 1972 the Senior Scout section was replaced by
Venturers. At the same time the Venturer and Rover sections were opened to
female members. No restictions; they could participate in the full award and
activity programme. All this meant that when anti-discrimination laws began
to take hold in Australia, it was realised that if the scout association was
challenged on being male-only in the cub and scout sections, the precedent
had already been made and they would not have a leg to stand on legally.
OTOH, Girl Guides have always been and still remain very strictly girls-only
and therefore are under no legal threat in regard to their single-sex status.
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
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