Cabinet appoints former Liberal minister to examine consequences of any changes in light of impending legalisation of marriage equality

The former Liberal minister Philip Ruddock has been appointed to examine if Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom.

Ruddock’s appointment by cabinet, announced on Wednesday, is designed to head off a bruising debate about religious amendments in a same-sex marriage bill, but the treasurer, Scott Morrison, said the review was “no substitute” for those amendments.

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