Albanese’s commitment to legislate welcomed

Archbishop Julian Porteous and Anthony Albanese (ACBC/Giovanni Portelli Photography and Facebook/AnthonyAlbaneseMP)

Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous has welcomed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s commitment to protecting religious freedom through legislation. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

After attending a church service in Canberra for the opening of the 47th Parliament on July 26, Mr Albanese told reporters that he respected “people of faith” and that “all people of faith, regardless of their faith, should be respected”.

Sky News Australia reported that Mr Albanese indicated his government’s intention to legislate on protecting freedom of religion during the current term of Parliament.

Archbishop Porteous said the issue was urgent given new pieces of legislation were currently being proposed in various jurisdictions, which would seriously limit the freedom of the Church to act in accord with its beliefs.

“The Catholic Church contributes significantly to the common good of our Australian society through a variety of institutions and agencies,” Archbishop Julian said.

“These institutions, for example, our schools and hospitals, need to be able to retain their full Catholic identity so that they can make a distinctive contribution. While all may not agree with Catholic beliefs on some moral issues, it is important that a Catholic voice is able to be heard and we are able to live according to what we believe”.

“I commend the Prime Minister for his in commitment to bring forth legislation in this current term which will finally give proper protection to religious freedom Australia”.


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