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Monday, 4 December 2017
Page: 9525


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:26): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Human rights extend to every individual. The coalition government is committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of all Australians regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or ability. As part of this commitment, the government has appointed Philip Ruddock to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom. There is consensus across the parliament to ensure religious freedoms are protected, and this will be a timely expert stocktake to inform consideration of any necessary legislative reforms.

Question agreed to.