Prime Minister Scott Morrison personally introduced long-awaited religious discrimination laws to Parliament today.

The government has hailed the bill as a “shield, not a sword,” but critics – including within its own ranks – claim the proposed legislation still has gaping holes which could leave some people worse off.

Shadow Government Services and NDIS Minister Bill Shorten says Labor will be looking at the legislation closely.

“We respect the role of faith in our society, I respect people of faith, and I respect people who don’t believe in religion, so we’ll just study the bill,” he told Sky News Australia.

“If it enhances and aids Australian society, no doubt we’ll support it, but we want to study the detail first.”

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