WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BILL:
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: “It is the product of a tolerant and mature society which understands the importance of faith and belief in a free society, without seeking to impose these beliefs nor ever seeking to hurt others in the expression of these beliefs. “
* Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus: “Labor supports the extension of the federal anti-discrimination framework to ensure that Australians are not discriminated against because of their religious beliefs or activities.
* Equality Australia: “What constitutes discrimination today will be legal tomorrow, allowing people to say hurtful, insulting and demeaning things.”
* Australian Council of Trade Unions: “We are concerned that this is being used by some employers to ‘mask’ discrimination against workers who file complaints, seek help from their union or take action to defend their rights and those of others. “
* Bishop Peter Comensoli, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne: “This more limited bill will always be an important recognition of the rights of people of religious faith to express their religious beliefs and engage in religious activities.
Australian Associated Press