The Coalition's religious discrimination bill: what's changed and can doctors refuse treatment? 


 

The new bill is designed to respond to a revolt from conservative religious organisations that forced the Coalition to miss its self-imposed deadline


On 10 December, Scott Morrison and the attorney general, Christian Porter, released the second draft religious discrimination bill.

The new bill is designed to respond to a revolt from conservative religious organisations that forced the Coalition to miss its self-imposed deadline to introduce the bill to parliament by year’s end.

What is the original bill about?

The religious discrimination bill prohibits discrimination in certain areas of public life on the ground of religious belief or activity.

The bill prohibits both direct discrimination, treating another person less favourably based on religion, and indirect discrimination, where an apparently neutral condition has the effect of disadvantaging people based on religion...

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