Democratic Principles
Democratic Principles

Gilson College supports an Australian society that is based on six democratic principles. The operation of our College and the nature of what is taught promotes the practice of Australian democracy and we demonstrate our support by being committed to:

  • elected government;
  • the rule of law;
  • equal rights for all before the law;
  • freedom of religion;
  • freedom of speech and association; and
  • the values of openness and tolerance.

Our adherence to the principles and practice of Australian democracy means:

  • we believe in democratically elected governments that are accountable to the people
  • we believe no person is above the law and that all should respect and obey the rule of law
  • we believe that irrespective of race, culture, gender or religion, all people are equal before the law
  • we believe in freedom of religion and the right of the individual and community to teach, practice, worship and observe their religion and for this to be freely exercised in public or private
  • we believe in freedom of speech and also acknowledge a responsibility to treat others with courtesy, dignity and respect
  • we believe in openness and tolerance so that all our actions are guided by honesty, integrity and Christian character.