Ruddock plays down leaked religious freedoms report recommendations

October 11, 2018

A review into religious protections in Australia has recommended making it more difficult for schools to turn away same-sex-attracted students, according to the report's author Philip Ruddock.

The Conservative Party's Queensland Senate candidate Lyle Shelton has been reluctant to comment on 'leaked' findings that may not be reflected in the report.

Mr Ruddock, a former Liberal MP, said the report, which is yet to be made public, suggests narrowing the scope of existing sex discrimination laws.

"We weren't suggesting that the law should be expanded," he told the ABC's RN Drive program.

"We were simply saying it should be contracted to ensure that that information was clear and unambiguous in relation to those who were seeking to enrol children."

Reports earlier on Wednesday suggested the report recommended religious schools be given the right to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status.

It has since been clarified that laws already exist in varying forms in some states enabling this freedom.

Mr Shelton has told Andrew Bolt on Sky News it's probably better to wait and see the report's full findings before jumping to any conclusions.

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