Mr Morrison introduced the watered-down bill in parliament on Thursday morning and said people “should not be cancelled” because their beliefs are different from others.
“A free society is a tolerant society. In a free society, we don’t go around imposing our views on each other or seeking to injure one another with those views,” he said. 
“People should not be cancelled or persecuted or vilified because their beliefs are different from someone else’s in a free liberal society such as Australia.
Scott Morrison declared the bill “is the product of a tolerant and mature society”. Picture: Getty Images
“Still many people from various religious traditions are concerned about the lack of religious protection against the prevalence of cancel culture in Australian life. It’s true, it’s there, it’s real.”
“The citizens of Liberal democracy should never be fearful about what they believe, the lives they lead, or the god they follow if indeed they choose to follow one or acknowledge one at all.”
The law is seeking to protect Australians who make “statements of belief” as long as they don’t “threaten, intimidate, harass or vilify a person or group”.
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Under the law, religious schools and organisations will be allowed to give preference to employing the people from the same faith, provided the criteria was publicly stated.
Mr Morrison declared the bill was “sensible and balanced” and “is the product of a tolerant and mature society that understands the importance of faith and belief”.
The bill is a watered-down version of the first draft released in 2019, scrapping the controversial “Folau clause” – a provision that would give legal protection to an individual from having their employment terminated as a result of expressing their religious belief.
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The clause refers to rugby union player Israel Folau who was stripped of his million dollar contract after posting “hell awaits” gay people on social media.
The ability for health providers to refuse treatment on the basis of “conscientious objection” was also discarded.
The bill passed a Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday but has continued to face concerns from some moderate Liberal MPs.
If it passes the lower house, the bill will be referred to a senate inquiry. 

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