PM thanks Trump for Timothy Weeks' release
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called Donald Trump to thank the US president for his help in securing the release of Timothy Weeks from Taliban custody.
‘I’ve got my religious leaders saying, we don’t like it, we think it is a pretty ordinary piece of legislation,’ says Chris Bowen of Scott Morrison ’s religious freedom Chris Bowen has signalled Labor could vote against the Morrison government’s religious discrimination legislation, characterising the bill
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is being urged to draft new laws to ban discrimination on the grounds of “ religious belief or activity” in a sweeping new power that could intensify the clash over religious freedom. The tougher law would create a single national regime to protect people from
Legislation aimed at preventing religious discrimination will not be introduced to Federal Parliament this year as planned, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.
The proposed laws, described as "friendless" by the Opposition, have been widely criticised by religious groups and equality advocates.
The announcement caps off a difficult week for the Morrison Government, which lost a Senate vote on its union-busting bill and faced sustained questions over a police investigation involving Energy Minister Angus Taylor.
Labor were 'warned' about the Medevac bill: Dutton
Peter Dutton has strongly urged the Senate abolish the Medevac bill by weeks end as people of "bad character" are continuing to slip through under the current legislation. The Morrison government is hoping for Senator Jacqui Lambie's support in order to repeal the legislation, which is listed for debate in the Senate on Wednesday.Senator Lambie met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday, but is yet to comment publicly on her position.
Scott Morrison has infuriated some of his conservative Coalition colleagues by unveiling a new bill to protect gay students from discrimination . Attorney-General Christian Porter and Prime Minister Scott Morrison with the proposed bill . Credit:Alex Ellinghausen / Fairfax Media.
Scott Morrison pledges Religious Discrimination Act but delays protections for gay students. Skip to sections navigation Skip to content Skip to footer. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will move to protect religious Australians from discrimination with new laws to be introduced before the election, while
In a statement, Mr Morrison said the Government had given further consideration to hundreds of submissions made to the draft bill and would issue a second version, with changes.
"This second and final exposure draft will be released before the end of the year, and will take account of issues raised and provide the opportunity to respond to the revisions made and fine-tune the bill before it is introduced next year," he said.
"We made a commitment to Australians to address this issue at the last election and we are keeping faith with that commitment in a calm and considered process. We're about listening and getting this right."
The draft legislation attracted about 6,000 submissions, many of which were critical.
"I have yet to see any wholehearted or enthusiastic support coming from either religious organisations, equality groups or the business community," Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally said shortly before Mr Morrison's announcement.
Debate on WA's controversial abuse bill
The Western Australia government is pushing ahead with its bill that would force religious leaders to report child sex abuse. A controversial bill that would force Western Australia's religious leaders to report child sex abuse will be introduced to state parliament.WA's mandatory reporting laws currently require doctors, nurses, midwives, police, teachers and boarding supervisors to report child sex abuse. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suffered another blow to his policy agenda, with powerful religious leaders threatening to withdraw support for the government's religious discrimination bill unless greater freedoms are granted for Australians of faith. In letter sent to Mr Morrison this week, a draft
PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has backtracked on comments surrounding religious freedom and gay kids in non state schools. Angus Livingston. Statement from PM 's office on laws regarding discrimination against gay children attending religious schools. pic.twitter.com/TXd3CewpZu.
"It is currently, as a draft bill, a friendless piece of legislation."
Attorney-General Christian Porter previously conceded the bill would face a "complicated" debate in Parliament but said he intended to introduce it in the final sitting fortnight which ends next week.
"I can't give a watertight guarantee that'll happen, but that's the goal that I've been working to," he told the National Press Club earlier this month.
Mr Porter also announced changes in relation to religious schools and aged care providers, giving them the right to hire and fire employees according to the tenets of their faith.
It is not yet clear what other changes the second version of the legislation will include.
Morrison to pump funding into IT in public service shake-up .
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will pump millions of dollars into upgrading technology systems and streamlining bureaucratic processes as he launches the biggest overhaul of Australia's public service in three decades. Mr Morrison will next week announce increased funding for the Commonwealth public service as the federal government finalises its response to David Thodey's review of the nation's bureaucratic processes, which is expected to include a further cull of government agencies and boards.