Report into religious freedom due

Former attorney-general Philip Ruddock has led a panel of experts examining religious freedom

The federal government is set to receive a report into religious freedom in Australia, sparked by the debate over same-sex marriage.

Former attorney-general Philip Ruddock has led a panel of experts examining the issue, after concerns were raised the legalisation of same-sex marriage could undermine freedom of religion.

The Law Council told the panel it had not seen any evidence to suggest the human right to religious freedom was not properly protected or disproportionately limited in Australia.

It warned against any changes that would "allow for the manifestation of religious belief whilst permitting forms of discrimination that are currently unlawful under Australian anti-discrimination law".

However, there was some scope to strengthen protections against discrimination and vilification on the basis of religion at a federal level.

The panel also heard from Christian groups that argued religious schools should be able to teach children the value of male-female marriage without being reported to authorities over discrimination.

As well, there should be no legal detriment to anyone, in a workplace or elsewhere, expressing the view that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The panel was initially due to report in March but was granted an extension to Friday after being bombarded with more than 16,000 submissions.