COVID-19 has delayed progress on a religious discrimination bill. A new study warns countries like Australia are not the bastions of religious freedom we think they are.
Less than four in ten Australians believe stronger laws are needed to protect religious freedom in a new poll, but 68% say Israel Folau should be able to share his views on social media.
Father Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom.
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Member of the government's Religious Freedom Review, Frank Brennan, discusses the way forward on the "wicked problem" of ensuring religious freedoms in Australia.
While pushing for changes to increase protections for religious belief, the government has not yet answered if that should extend to being allowed to discriminate against LGBTI people.
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".
Australians already enjoy a relatively high level of religious freedom. However, discrimination and vilification on the basis of people's faith still exists.