Vote on religious discrimination bill delayed

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Scott Morrison was forced to postpone a vote on his religious discrimination bill yesterday amid concerns moderate Liberal MPs would join Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers to stall its passage. Source: The Australian.

Christian groups and conservative Liberals attacked commitments the Prime Minister made to amend the Sex Discrimination Act – after pressure from moderate Liberals – to ensure gay students would not be expelled or suspended over their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Australian Christian Lobby and Christian school groups threatened to withdraw their support for the bill if an amended Sex Discrimination Act removed exemptions for religious institutions protecting the “teaching and daily operation of faith-based schools”.

Mr Morrison on Wednesday agreed to a proposal put forward by four moderate Liberal MPs to fast-track Sex Discrimination Act amendments and ensure gay students could not be expelled, suspended or discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

He also dropped plans to bring on a vote on the religious discrimination bill in the lower house this week because of fears some moderate Liberal MPs could join Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers in stalling the process.

The Government allowed a motion by Greens Senator Janet Rice to establish a second inquiry into the religious discrimination legislation.

FULL STORY

Moderates force delay on religion bill vote (By Geoff Chambers, The Australian) 

RELATED COVERAGE

Liberal amendments to Religious Discrimination Bill jeopardise support from key Christian groups (Sky News Australia)

Coalition shelves bills on religious discrimination and federal Icac (The Guardian)

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