Australia’s Attorney-General Set to Introduce Religious Discrimination Bill into Federal Parliament

Federal Attorney-General Michaelia Cash is set to introduce the Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination Bill that will see religious protections enshrined nationally. The Bill will go to the Coalition party room on Nov. 23 and will be introduced into the lower house this week. In a joint statement, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic faith leaders from across the country said while the introduction of “substantive protections” against faith-based discrimination was welcomed, retaining certain protections such as employment-based protections would have been preferred, The Australian reported. “Although we have not seen the Bill, we understand from our discussions with the government that some of the measures present in earlier exposure drafts have been removed, such as the protections against employer codes of conduct that restrict religious speech outside the workplace, and the conscience protection for healthcare professionals. We would have preferred that these protections had been retained in some form,” the statement read. …

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