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What is the religious discrimination debate about?


The prime minister says the government will not publicise its plans for religious discrimination laws until the Coalition agrees.(ABC: Matt Roberts)


he debate over LGBT staff and students in religious schools is back this week. 

At the last election, Labor promised to introduce legal protections for religious beliefs, but at the same time to protect LGBT staff and students from discrimination.

It's a variation of the same combination the Morrison government sought to legislate, but abandoned after a backbench rebellion.


The Albanese government has been quietly progressing the issue. It asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to draw up a proposal and consult with stakeholders. Its final report is expected tomorrow.

But seeking to get ahead of an ugly debate, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the government would not reveal the details of its own plans until it first had the Coalition on board.



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