Labor warned over religious freedom bill

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The peak body advocating for LGBTQIA people has urged the federal government to strengthen protections for the group when it introduces laws to guarantee religious freedom.

It comes after Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus told the ABC on Wednesday draft legislation will be brought to parliament, but did not give a timeframe.

"At its core, there is ... an appropriate structure of anti discrimination law, bringing in a prohibition on discriminating against people on the grounds of their religious belief," he said.

Equality Australia chief executive Anna Brown warned Labor against repeating the same "mistakes" of the Morrison government, which she said would have "wound back protections" for LGBTQIA people.

The group says the government in its first 100 days should remove "outdated" exemptions it says are used by religious schools against gay teachers and students.

"Labor must first act swiftly to fill gaps in protection for LGBTQ+ students and teachers in religious schools and extend those same protections to all staff working in any faith-based organisations, and LGBTQ+ people accessing services from religious providers," Ms Brown said.

Five Liberals crossed the floor earlier this year to block then-prime minister Scott Morrison's religious discrimination laws over insufficient protections.

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