Morrison sets up freedom election

December 13, 2018

The Morrison Government’s well-intentioned efforts to undo the consequences to freedom of religion resulting from same-sex marriage are welcome but flawed, according to the Conservative Party.

Spokesman and Queensland Senate candidate Lyle Shelton said the Conservative Party’s proposal for a Protected Freedoms Act was superior and would also deal with the anti-free speech provisions of laws like 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

“It’s ironic that 12 months down the track politicians continue to deal with the consequences of redefining marriage when campaigners said there would be no consequences. Our nation needs to put freedom first, not the demands of identity politics. The next election will be all about protecting basic freedoms which are under attack from toxic identity politics,” Mr Shelton said.

“The Government’s proposed religious freedoms act with a religious freedom commissioner at the bureaucratic and flawed Australian Human Rights Commission would only set up further conflict between identity groups. It will be lawyers at five paces. That’s not the Australian way – we want to live and let live respecting difference and diversity,” he continued.

Mr Shelton said a religious freedom act that allowed religious people to be insulted and offended but not other identity groups was nonsensical.

“All provisions in anti-discrimination law that make it an offence to insult or offend should be repealed or overridden. Same-sex marriage has weaponised anti-discrimination laws and today’s attempts to restore freedom are just creating a camel. Freedom needs to be protected – including and especially the right to dissent from the rainbow gender-fluid world view.”

Mr Shelton said Conservative Party Senators would push for a Protected Freedoms Act but if that was rejected the party would obviously support any government measures to better protect freedom of religion.

Conservative Party leader Senator Bernardi has told Kel Richards on Sydney radio station 2CH, he will be fighting hard for the passage of the Conservatives' Protected Freedoms Act.

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