By Naomi Neilson, Lawyers Weekly

In submissions shared to two parliamentary inquiries, human rights lawyers have debated that the current form of the Religious Discrimination Bill is a “patchwork” of mistakes from the first and second exposure drafts and should be opposed.

The Morrison government’s “disturbing” Religious Discrimination Bill has returned to two federal parliamentary committees for further hearings. It comes two months after Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced the bill and claimed that it would “fix a weakness” in Australia’s discrimination laws in respect to religious beliefs.

In a submission to both the parliamentary joint committee on human rights and the Senate legal and constitutional affairs legislation committee, the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) has argued that the weaknesses where religious beliefs are concerned have been replaced with “deeply unbalanced” discrimination laws.

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