By Paul Karp, The Guardian

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, will introduce a revised religious discrimination bill to parliament this week, promising to refer it to a Senate inquiry to calm fears it could water down protections for gay teachers and students.

Declaring the new bill balanced “freedoms and responsibilities” for people of faith, Morrison told MPs on Tuesday that he wanted to introduce the bill in the lower house to fulfil the pledge he made to faith leaders before the 2019 election.

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