The PM notes the extension of anti-discrimination laws to cover religious beliefs

Scott Morrison on a visit to the Lakemba Mosque

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given his clearest indication so far that his government would change anti-discrimination laws to protect religious beliefs, as well as race, gender or disability.

Morrison said he would reveal his response to Philip Ruddock's report on religious liberties, commissioned by the Malcolm Turnbull government, in the coming months.

The report was delivered to Mr. Turnbull in May, but the content had not been publicly disclosed.

In two separate interviews on Monday, Morrison suggested that a change to anti-discrimination laws would be a central pillar of the reforms.

"I want to make sure that if people have particular religious views, they will not be discriminated against," he told the ABC program at 7.30.

"Like people of different genders or people of races will not be discriminated against.

"Religious freedom, it does not get more serious than that when it comes to freedoms."

Currently, according to Australian legislation, it is illegal to discriminate against people because of their race, age, disability, gender or sexual identity in various public spaces, mainly in the areas of employment and education.

But religion was not currently a & # 39; protected attribute & # 39; according to the laws, and Australia does not have a bill of rights like the United States.

Mr. Ruddock's panel received tens of thousands of public presentations from faith groups, secular organizations, legal experts and members of the public, with more than 16,000 contributors in the first two months of the investigation.

The volume led the prime minister to grant an extension of time to the panel.

The panel also held a series of private meetings with stakeholders from across the country. The guests were politically promised that they could speak freely because no record of their words would be kept.

The panel was created weeks before same-sex marriage became law, when Turnbull was under pressure from conservative colleagues for what they described as a growing threat to their religious rights.

Ruddock, himself a former attorney general, was joined by a panel of experts in religion and law: the Jesuit priest Frank Brennan, the former high judge Dr. Annabelle Bennett, the chairman of the Human Rights Commission Rosalind Croucher and the constitutional lawyer Nicholas Aroney.

Mr. Morrison said he also wanted to protect the rights of religious schools.

"I want parents to continue to have full right of choice when they send their children to a faith-based school, that the religious nature of those schools is protected," he said.

The prime minister told 2GB's Alan Jones that "there was no freedom at all in this country" unless there was "freedom of faith."

"It's the deepest thing," he said, pointing to "announcements in the coming months."