Is it possible to have freedom of religion and social inclusion?

John Warhurst
October 13 2022 - 5:30am
Andrew Thorburn, Manly Sea Eagles and Israel Folau are all examples of the extreme divisiveness of freedom of religion in the community. Pictures Getty Images, AAP

Freedom of religion legislation is still to be resolved successfully. The Morrison government couldn't do it. The Albanese government has promised to legislate on this matter during its term in office despite the obvious difficulties in resolving deep differences of opinion. Labor senator Deborah O'Neill has recently reaffirmed the government's intention, although former Liberal MP Tim Wilson has again questioned the merits of doing so.

John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.