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Attorney-General Christian Porter announced the draft bill at Sydney’s Great Synagogue. Bianca de Marchi/AAP

The government has released its draft religious discrimination bill. How will it work?

Given the unique aspects of the proposed bill, there should be a longer consultation period to examine why religious freedoms should be prioritised over other freedoms.
Evidence suggests that Muslim men in France have been disproportionately arrested and jailed for cannabis-related crimes since the drug became illegal in 1970. Francisco Osorio/flickr

French cannabis legalization debate ignores race, religion and the mass incarceration of Muslims

Muslims make up 9% of France's population and half of all its prisoners – many convicted on drug charges. But social justice isn't part of the country's growing debate on legalization.
Scott Morrison, a devout Pentacostal, must strike a balance between satisfying the demands of the Coalition’s religious base and protecting LGBTI rights. Mick Tsikas/AAP

After his ‘miracle’ election, will Scott Morrison feel pressure from Christian leaders on religious freedom?

Christian leaders warned of 'persecution' with a Labor government. Now that the Coalition has won the election, conservative Christians may demand Morrison deliver on more of their agenda.
A tribunal will decide Thursday if Rugby Australia has the right to terminate Folau’s contract over his controversial social media posts – a dispute that raises questions about free speech, religious freedom and human rights and discrimination law. Paul Barkley/AAP

Explainer: does Rugby Australia have legal grounds to sack Israel Folau for anti-gay social media posts?

Folau has sought a full code of conduct committee hearing to decide his future with Rugby Australia. Depending on how the tribunal rules, the case could be heading to federal court next.
Scott Morrison has promised to protect people against discrimination because of their religious faith, and says he wants to do it before the election. Shutterstock

Morrison wants Religious Discrimination Act passed before election

Prime Minister Scott Morrison plans to create a new post of Freedom of Religion Commissioner, because he says many people of religion "feel the wheels closing in".
Like any employer, the Québec government has an obligation of reasonable accommodation when it comes to its employees. Shutterstock

Notwithstanding clause or not, Québec must accommodate its employees

As an employer, how will the Québec government's duty to reasonably accommodate the needs of its employees conflict with its plan to ban religious symbols among some civil servants?
A federal Religious Discrimination Act would introduce important protections for Australia’s religiously diverse population. Shutterstock

Why Australia needs a Religious Discrimination Act

Australians already enjoy a relatively high level of religious freedom. However, discrimination and vilification on the basis of people's faith still exists.
Social Services Minister Dan Tehan has called for a Religious Discrimination Act, but there are many reasons to be wary of such a move. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why Australia does not need a Religious Discrimination Act

As Australian society changes, some religious groups are struggling to adjust to their new, less influential place in it.

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