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New protections for Folau-like cases in draft religious discrimination bill

Large businesses would not be able to restrict their employees from expressing their religious beliefs outside of work, unless the business can prove this will cause "unjustifiable financial hardship," under the federal government's proposed new religious discrimination laws.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said under the draft bill, Rugby Australia would have to prove its social media rules – and subsequent sacking of Israel Folau – were in order to protect its brand, noting that Mr Folau would argue the condition he could not speak about his religious beliefs outside of work was “unreasonable”.

  • Judith Ireland and Natassia Chrysanthos
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

Mr Porter said “empathy and understanding” were …

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