After years of debate, the government has introduced its controversial religious discrimination bill in parliament.
The long-promised bill, which was introduced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday, will ensure discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or activity will be made unlawful in the areas of employment, education and the provision of goods and services.
"This bill is a protection from the few who seek to marginalise and coerce and silence people of faith because they do not share the same view of the world as them," said Morrison.
"Australians shouldn't have to worry about looking over their shoulder fearful of offending an anonymous person on Twitter... or transgressing against political or social zeitgeists.
"We have to veer away from the artificial phoney conflicts, boycotts, controversies and cancelling created by anonymous and cowardly bots, bigots and bullies."
The government has ensured that the bill will not allow discrimination on the basis of age, disability, race or sex.
However, there are concerns the bill will do exactly that, with many calling out the bill's contentious clause that protects people who make statements about their religious beliefs.
It is expected the bill won't pass by the end of this year, as it will go to a Senate inquiry.
Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about the religious discrimination bill.
What is the religious discrimination bill?
Before we get into what the bill is, let's talk about why it exists in the first place.
The Coalition government promised the religious discrimination bill back in 2019 following the legislation of same-sex marriage in 2017.
At the time, there were concerns that institutions like schools and workplaces wouldn't be able to freely express their faith and needed protection.
Since then, the bill has been drafted three times, with a new 'watered down' version finally introduced to parliament today.
Here's a brief breakdown of the revised bill and what it means for Aussies.
Statements of belief.
This is one of the more controversial elements of the bill.
Under the bill, a statement of belief, in good faith, would not be discriminated against under any Australian anti-discrimination law.