By Lisa Visentin, Brisbane Times

Attorney-General Michaelia Cash says a move to immediately strip church schools of the ability to discriminate against transgender students would raise complications over bathrooms and uniform requirements, and risk eroding the ethos of single-sex religious schools.

Coalition MPs are deeply divided over the federal government’s proposed religious freedom laws, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison facing a revolt from moderate MPs should the bill go to a vote this week.

At a lengthy party room meeting on Tuesday morning, Mr Morrison was warned by several MPs they could not accept his proposal to prohibit schools from expelling gay students as part of the religious bills package while leaving transgender students vulnerable to discrimination.

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