Morrison defends contentious anti-discrimination law

Religious freedom has been in the spotlight in Australia for years amid concern from some that the likes of churches, schools, and workplaces are unable to express their religious beliefs.

In a move seen as targeting religious voters with an election just months away, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the legislation would protect people who express their religious faith outside of the workplace as long as it did not cause financial damage to their employer.

Morrison also said the legislation would also protect Australians who make "statements of belief" from discrimination laws, but only if those statements do not harass, vilify or intimidate a person or group.

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