/ 24 November 2021

Religion and politics make for a heady debate

PM Scott Morrison will take carriage of a proposed religious discrimination bill when introduced into the House of Reps tomorrow after promising the legislation at the last election. It’s a touchy topic because these are the rules on what can be said or done based on religious belief. One example is whether the new laws could be turned into a weapon against gay teachers/students at religious schools. Releasing the details late yesterday, Attorney-General Michaelia Cash says that’s not on the cards with this bill. Australians would also be able to make statements of religious belief under the protection of federal law – something referred to as the “Folau clause” after Wallaby Israel Folau was sacked over homophobic social media posts. The Coalition anticipates that Labor will get onboard, but LGBTQI advocates have called for the bill to be canned. Expect to see this one a bit in the coming few days…

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