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Religious leaders defend Andrew Hastie after interference accusations

Religious leaders defend Andrew Hastie after interference accusations

A number of religious leaders have spoken out against accusations that Liberal Canning MP Andrew Hastie was urging churches not to vote Labor in order to protect religious freedom. In January, the MP held talks with WA religious leaders alongside Liberal senator Amanda Stoker and WA’s Australian Christian Lobby head Peter Abetz. Attendee Father Ian Mabey […]

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Philip Ruddock: Review found little evidence of religious discrimination

Philip Ruddock: Review found little evidence of religious discrimination

Former Attorney General Philip Ruddock has told ABC radio that the review he headed that looked into the issue of religious freedom didn’t find much evidence of people being discriminated against because of their religious beliefs. On Thursday Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally released the report seven months after it was delivered to the government. […]

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Australian Christian Lobby wants more protections in religious legislation

Australian Christian Lobby wants more protections in religious legislation

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the government’s release of the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review but says the proposals put forward by Prime Minister Scott Morrison do not go far enough. Yesterday the Prime Minister finally released the report that was delivered to government back in May. Scott Morrison announced that the government would move […]

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Bill Shorten says religion should not be a topic of argument at an election

Bill Shorten says religion should not be a topic of argument at an election

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says Labor have always supported religious freedom, but they will need to see the details of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proposed Religious Discrimination Act before saying whether or not they’ll vote for the legislation to be introduced. This morning Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally released the long awaited report from former […]

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Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

The Australian Greens have responded to the news that Prime Minister Scott Morrison is aiming to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act to Parliament early next year. The Greens say that such an Act must not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws following the release of the government response to the Ruddock […]

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Rights group just.equal gives cautious support for Religious Discrimination Act

Rights group just.equal gives cautious support for Religious Discrimination Act

LGBTI rights advocates at just.equal have offered qualified support for a federal Religious Discrimination Act, but have vowed to fight any attempt to water down existing state and territory discrimination protections under cover of “national consistency”. Today, the Federal Government released the Ruddock review of religious freedom and announced its response which includes a national […]

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Scott Morrison “The walls are closing in” on people who have religious beliefs

Scott Morrison “The walls are closing in” on people who have religious beliefs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the release of the Ruddock Review into religious freedom and laid out the government’s plans to introduce new laws that protect people from discrimination on their basis of their religious beliefs. Speaking to reporters in Canberra the Prime Minister said he’d seen the evidence that the “walls were closing […]

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Former PM John Howard frustrated by religious freedom debate

Former PM John Howard frustrated by religious freedom debate

Former Prime Minister John Howard has shared his frustration that the Morrison government has not been able to negotiate a solution the ongoing religious freedom debate. The retired politician told The Australian that it was “maddening” that the parliament had not developed a solution that allowed schools to protect their religious ethos. Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised […]

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Labor to move senate inquiry on LGBTI+ discrimination in schools

The federal opposition have announced they will work with the crossbench to refer the government’s bill that aims to remove exemptions that allow religious schools to expel students who are LGBTI+ for inquiry. In a joint statement from Minister for Education Tanya Plibersek and Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus, Labor said they plan to “hold […]

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LGBTI rights advocates head to Canberra to ask for protections for students

LGBTI rights advocates head to Canberra to ask for protections for students

LGBTI rights advocates, parents of trans and gender diverse children, teachers, leaders and allies have headed to Canberra today to call on parliament to amend outdated anti-discrimination laws to ensure all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are treated with fairness and equality. Following the recommendations of the Ruddock Review Into Religious Freedom being leaked […]

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