Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Human Rights

2:36 pm

Photo of Cory BernardiCory Bernardi (SA, Australian Conservatives) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate representing the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister announced on 22 October, eight days after the marriage postal survey results were announced, that he'd formed an expert panel to review whether Australian law adequately protects the human right of religious freedom. On 18 May the panel gave its report to the government. On the very day he received the report, the current Prime Minister said he was absolutely committed to ensuring freedom of religion is protected in Australia. We know the Prime Minister has a track record of claiming to be absolutely committed to any number of issues which are subsequently abandoned like an unwanted cat. However, if the Prime Minister is truly absolutely committed to protecting the religious freedom of every Australian, why are we still waiting for the report and the government response to be tabled?

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