Prime minister says bill will protect people of faith against ‘cancel culture’, critics say it will make lawful what is considered discrimination now.

Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister, has introduced to Parliament a contentious bill on religious discrimination that he says will protect people of faith against “cancel culture”.

The bill, submitted on Thursday, is seen as a bid to win over religious voters ahead of next year’s election and comes amid concerns from some that followers from churches, schools, and workplaces are unable to express their religious beliefs.

If approved, the new legislation will protect Australians who make “statements of belief” from action under existing discrimination laws, but only if those statements do not “threaten, intimidate, harass or vilify a person or group”.

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