Backlash over vaccine mandates is threatening to derail the Morrison government’s agenda during the final two weeks of parliament.

Eyes are set to be on the Senate this week, as federal MPs return for the final parliamentary sitting fortnight of the year.

Several key senators are threatening to abstain from voting for the government’s religious freedom legislation, unless Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposes state and territory vaccine mandates.

Senators Gerard Rennick and Alex Antic have made their position clear, saying vaccine mandates are cruel and unnecessary.

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has made it clear, amid a private meeting with the Prime Minister last Thursday, to also withhold her vote unless Scott Morrison backs her bill to stop mandatory vaccinations.

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