Australian Prime Minister Wants Peace Deal on Religious Freedoms

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.

Morrison pivoted to the broader issues at play, saying people should not feel intimidated about practicing 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 June 28.

“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.”