Australia

PM wants peace deal on religious freedoms

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to strike a deal with the federal Labor opposition on religious freedoms, rather than engaging in a political debate.

Scott Morrison wants to strike a bipartisan deal on new laws around religious freedoms.

The prime minister offered a careful response when asked whether former Wallaby Israel Folau had been persecuted for his religious views when he was sacked over a social media post.

Mr Morrison pivoted to the broader issues at play, saying people should not feel intimidated about practising their religion in peace.

"I don't want religion in Australia to be an issue of conflict. The whole point of religion is that it's actually something of peace," he told Sky News on Friday.

"It's a very important part of Australians' lives and I want to see us progress this debate in a very constructive way, not based on conflict."

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