By Richard Ferguson, The Australian

The power of employers to punish people who make potentially offensive religious statements outside work hours is emerging as a deal-breaker for Christian conservatives in the lead-up to the Morrison government unveiling the final version of a religious discrimination bill.

Australian Christian Lobby managing director Martyn Iles is calling on Attorney-General Michaelia Cash to retain protections for religious employees — known as the “Folau clause” — after she signalled in an interview with The Australian last week that the final bill will be a traditional, limited piece of anti-discrimination legislation.

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