Media Release

ACL welcomes Religious Discrimination Bill delay to protect freedoms

The Australian Christian Lobby welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement today that religious freedom reforms will be delayed, allowing Australian faith leaders’ concerns to receive more detailed consideration.

Australian Christian Lobby’s Managing Director, Martyn Iles said, “We welcome the promised second exposure draft for consideration before a Bill is tabled in 2020. Religious freedom reform should protect people of faith expressing religious belief and quoting religious texts, in public, online or in workplaces. They shouldn’t be sacked or face severe penalties.”

“Faith based bodies must retain the freedom to recruit likeminded staff as ambassadors for their mission, without being sued for discrimination.”

“A hurried Bill risks unintended consequences and diminished religious freedom.”

“Millions of Australians for whom religious faith is central to their identity will benefit from this extended consultation process. ”

“The Australian Christian Lobby has consistently and succinctly outlined concerns with this Bill. We have worked with the government in good faith on sensible reform. The government’s decision to renew consultation and slow the process vindicates our advocacy for people of faith. We will continue to advocate to protect people of faith from discrimination.” Mr Iles said.

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