In an interview with The Weekend Australian, Mr Abbott said it would be extremely difficult to protect religious freedom if same-sex marriage were legalised, and called for the Human Rights Commission to be abolished outright.
“Our sustained experience of human rights bureaucracies is that they do not protect human rights, they harm them,” Mr Abbott said.
He told The Weekend Australian that in the prevailing climate and culture, anti-discrimination law was used in a very one-sided and politicised way.
“The best thing you could do to protect religious freedom is to abolish the Human Rights Commission,” he said.
Asked whether the Liberal Party at the state level should take a similar approach to state-based anti-discrimination commissions and similar bodies, Mr Abbott said: “Decent liberal conservatives have to ask themselves: what useful purpose have any of these bodies ever served?”
hat-tip Stephen Neil