Howard rejects PM’s vow on religious freedom

Howard rejects PM’s vow on religious freedom, by Dennis Shanahan.

John Howard has repudiated Malcolm Turnbull’s assurances that freedoms of conscience will be addressed after the same-sex marriage survey and foreshadowed a parliamentary showdown before Christmas while renewing his calls for the government to spell out religious protections before the poll closes.

Formally joining a public campaign for the first time since his 2007 election defeat and specifically using his role as “former prime minister of Australia” in a series of nationwide full-page newspaper advertisements, Mr Howard said leaving the religious-freedom protections until after the ballot was “the equivalent of saying it doesn’t matter very much”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil