New religious freedom law "has merit": Bernardi

July 09, 2018

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has welcomed a push from Social Services Minister Dan Tehan to protect religious freedom.

Senator Bernardi said Mr Tehan’s proposal “had merit” and has applauded Mr Tehan for recognising minority groups were using “political correctness as a weapon against traditional values” 

The Australian reports Mr Tehan made a speech in Canberra last month calling for a religious discrimination act to provide greater protections to people of faith. 

The speech raises the stakes for the Turnbull government as it responds to the Ruddock review into religious freedoms.

“In a liberal democracy, ­people must have the freedom to air unpopular views, including those informed by their faith, and those views must be open to challenge,” Mr Tehan said. 

“My observation, however, is that there is more disrespect directed at people who share their faith publicly and that is to the detriment of us all.”

The Australian understands Mr Tehan will not raise his proposal in cabinet until the review is made public next month.

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