By Philip Freier – The Age
Few issues have so divided Australians in the past couple of years as the federal government’s promise to enact religious freedom legislation, not least because the farther edges of its advocates and opponents distrust each other so vehemently.
The Coalition government has already prepared two drafts for possible legislation, and has to walk a tightrope between the suspicions and concerns – some legitimate, most less so – of both sides.
Debate about the legislation will continue throughout 2020, and it is likely that a bill will be brought to the Federal Parliament later in the year. Following on from the delayed release of the Ruddock committee report into religious freedom and now two consultation drafts, legislation is looking inevitable.