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Major liberal moderate lawmakers have signaled they would vote again to abolish religious schools’ right to discriminate against LGBTQ students, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison defends his plan to pursue a Religious Discrimination Act before legislating any student safeguards.

Liberal lawmakers Katie Allen, Bridget Archer, Trent Zimmerman and Dave Sharma doubled down after Morrison said there was no evidence gay students were being expelled from religious schools because of their sexuality, and said a re-elected Coalition government would deal with the questions “sequentially”, prioritizing the religious project first.

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“We’ve been having this conversation for about four years now, and on each occasion it has been presented that apparently students are being expelled every day, every week, every year,” Morrison said yesterday. . “There is no evidence of that. There is none.”

Allen said his stance remained “unchanged”, adding “I will always protect gay and trans students”.

Zimmerman added: “My position remains the same and I would act accordingly.”

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