By David Crowe, Brisbane Times

A Liberal backlash is likely to widen a federal government split over a draft law to enshrine religious freedom, with backbencher Bridget Archer saying she is ready to cross the floor against the bill.

The government is struggling to gain a consensus among the Liberals and Nationals after putting the contentious bill on the agenda for Parliament this week, fuelling calls from some MPs for the issue to be shelved because there can be no agreement.

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