Scott Morrison wants to conclude a two-fold agreement on new laws on religious freedoms after Israel Folau's looting, he said on Friday.
The Prime Minister offered a careful answer when asked if the former Wallaby had been prosecuted for his religious views when he was fired at a post on social media.
Mr. Morrison turned to the broader issues at stake, saying that people should not feel intimidated about practicing their religion in peace.
Scott Morrison (shown Friday in Osaka, Japan, wants to close a two-party deal on new laws on religious freedoms
Israel Folau arrives for a meeting with Rugby Australia at the Fair Work Commission
& # 39; I don't want religion in Australia to be a conflict problem. The whole point of religion is that it is actually something of peace, & he told Sky News on Friday.
& # 39; It is a very important part of Australian life and I want us to continue this debate in a very constructive way, not on a conflict basis. & # 39;
Mr Morrison, himself an evangelical Christian, said earlier that such disputes demonstrate the need for legislation that protects people from discrimination based on their religious beliefs.
& # 39; Freedom of religion is one of the cornerstones of what we are as a country, and it is important that our laws reflect that & # 39 ;, he said in a television interview Friday of Japan, attending the G20 summit.
& # 39; Now we have committed ourselves to introduce a religious discrimination law. We will do that. We are working very hard on it now, & he said.
His comments came when Israel Folau and Rugby Australia watched a long and expensive court fight over his looting for homophobic comments Friday after the unnecessary mediation talks collapsed.
The country's Fair Work Commission had ordered the two parties to hold a mediation session with closed doors to take legal action over a dispute that polarized Australia.
But Folau and his camp came about four hours later without settlement.
& # 39; Very disappointed by today's outcome & # 39 ;, said the devout religious Folau. & # 39; I would like to thank those who supported me during this period. I will continue to stand up for the freedoms of all Australians. & # 39;
The case is now expected to go to the federal court and may drag on for years.
A small group of Folau fans were outside the building when Folau (photo) arrived
Folau was fired last month to twitter and post on Instagram that & # 39; drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters & # 39; repent for their sins and turn to Jesus Christ. He had paraphrased a message from the Bible
Folau, who had a $ 4 million contract a year, is said to need $ 10 million, including for lost sponsorship and marketing opportunities, an amount said to be ruinous for Rugby Australia.
& # 39; It seems that unless things change, we will go to court & # 39 ;, George Haros, a Super Rugby & # 39; s record-try scorer lawyer, added outside of the Sydney hearing.
Folau was fired in May because he exceeded Rugby Australia's code of conduct after posting the & # 39; hell awaiting & # 39; of homosexuals and others he regards as sinners.
The wing defender took his case to the Fair Work Commission of Australia and claimed that he simply posted sentiments from the Bible and was wrongly fired.
Rugby Australia, however, claimed that its looting was purely contractual and said that Folau had agreed not to belittle anybody about their sexual behavior after a similar controversy last year.
The hope for a solution was small, with the two parties trading in advance.
In a television interview on Thursday evening, Folau claimed that Rugby Australia offered him money to break off the attacking post, but said, "I could not live with that".
The governing body has issued a statement in which the claim & # 39; completely false & # 39; is called.
In a video posted on his website Friday morning, Folau (shown at the Fair Work Commission on Friday) told his supporters that he wanted an apology
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