By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 1 December 2021: Attorney General Michaelia Cash today defending the proposed Religious Discrimination legistation said it was necessary to have a public policy on the issue because there are gaps in existing anti-discrimination laws. It will give sensible protection and peace of mind on the issue, she said. She was answering to queries by multicultural media representatives at an online media interaction today.
Michaelia Cash explaining the proposed religious discrimination legislation said the Bill gives protection both ways. And, an agnostic or athiest is protected and can’t be prosecuted.
On a question by South Asia Times (SAT) if the Bill gives the right to discrimination to religious bodies and such a law need not be there, the AG said, religious institutions must have a public policy on the issue.
The media conference was also addressed by Alex Hawke, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services & Multicultural Affairs who outlined the relevance of the proposed bill. The bill could not pass the Senate and was referred to the Human Rights Committee, to report in February 2022.