Archbishop Comensoli welcomes release of draft bill

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli and Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast yesterday (Melbourne Catholic)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has welcomed the draft federal religious discrimination bill and says bipartisan support is needed to prevent the proposed legislation being reduced to a political fight. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Speaking to Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast, Archbishop Comensoli, chair of the Bishops’ Commission for Life, Family and Public Engagement, said it was good that "there is a bill being put forward" that protects the rights of people of faith.

“Something is better than nothing. Certainly there are elements which are no longer going to be in the bill which we would perhaps have liked to have in there,” Archbishop Comensoli said, adding that a draft bill that provides a basic protection for people was still important.

Archbishop Comensoli's comments follow a joint statement issued by faith leaders in support of the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, which was publicly released yesterday.

Religious leaders are hoping the bill will gain bipartisan support and say there is no reason “for it to generate a deeply polarising debate over religion”.

The draft law would shield people who make a statement of belief as long as it is made in good faith, is in line with the teachings of their religion, is not malicious and does not vilify or harass, The Age reports.

The revised bill includes a new provision to protect the right of religious schools, aged care and health care providers to positively discriminate in their employment practices, with a clear intention to override state laws, including those being pursued by the Victorian Government.

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Religious discrimination bill deserves bipartisan support (Melbourne Catholic)

Religious Australians to get protection to make ‘statements of belief’ (The Age)

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