Australia unveils religious freedom bill, after rugby star sacked for ‘hell awaits homosexuals’ post

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Source: Reuters

BY Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia on Thursday proposed legislation to protect people who express their religious faith outside of the workplace, a few months after Rugby Union international Israel Folau was sacked for posting on social media that hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers”.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the proposal would allow Australians to express their religious beliefs away from the workplace as long as it did not cause financial damage to their employer.

Porter said the legislation was needed as the country’s anti-discrimination laws do not go far enough.

“Australia has a strong anti-discrimination framework with specific protections for people against discrimination on the basis of their age, sex, race and disability,” Porter said in a speech in Sydney.

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