Canberra, Australia, Dec 13, 2018 / 15:51 pm
Amid competing claims of religious freedom rights and LBGT rights, the Australian prime minister said Thursday the government will next year introduce a bill to protect against discrimination based on religious belief or activity.
"Australia is a place where discrimination on the basis of a person's identity – including their religious identity – is unacceptable," the office of Scott Morrison said Dec. 13.
"It is also a place where we respect the right of religious institutions to maintain their distinctive religious ethos. Our laws should reflect these values."
Morrison also plans to appoint a freedom of religion commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.