Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Human Rights

2:39 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

It's very difficult for me to comment on the circumstances of an individual family, individual children, or people proposing to care for children without being aware of the circumstances. These are sensitive matters, as I've indicated in my response to my primary questions.

All Australians are free to choose their religion and are entitled to express and practice their religion, and their beliefs, without intimidation and without interference, as long as those practices are within the framework of Australian law. I'm not prepared to wade into the question that Senator Bernardi has asked me without having a better appreciation of the specific circumstances that he is referring to.

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