ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY (ICS)

The Institute for Civil Society (ICS) is a social policy think tank. Established in August 2016, ICS seeks to:

  1. Promote recognition and respect for the institutions of civil society that exist between individuals and the government. Included in this space are clubs, schools, religious organisations, charities and NGOs.
  2. Uphold traditional rights and liberties, including the freedoms of association, expression, conscience and religion.
  3. Promote a sensible and civil discussion about how to balance competing rights and freedoms in Australian society.

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  • Canberra

Australians Want Protection for Freedom of Religion and Conscience

May 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Prof. Mark Sneddon, ICS Executive Director, discusses the Galaxy poll on freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, and the importance of

Poll Shows Strong Support for Protecting Freedoms of Thought, Conscience, Belief

May 14th, 2019|0 Comments

A new YouGov Galaxy opinion survey shows that Australians strongly support the need for legal protections for freedoms of thought, conscience and

ICS Urges Tasmania’s Parliament Not to Create Legal Warfare Over Gender-Neutral Pronouns

March 25th, 2019|0 Comments

SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE PARLIAMENT OF TASMANIA JUSTICE AND RELATED LEGISLATION (MARRIAGE AMENDMENTS) BILL 2018 20 March 2019

ICS’s responses to Senate Committee’s Questions on the Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

On February 7, 2019, the Institute for Civil Society's Prof. Mark Sneddon and Dr Simon Kennedy appeared before the Senate Constitutional

  • Australian Senate

Submission: Inquiry into the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018

January 21st, 2019|0 Comments

This is a submission prepared for the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. On 6 December 2018, the Senate referred

ALP’s Bill to Severely Limit Freedom of Religious Schools and Colleges and Religious Education in Churches, Mosques, Temples

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

The Labor Party’s proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act, currently before the Senate, will severely limit the freedom of religious schools and

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Our People

Mark Sneddon – Executive Director

Mark SneddonMark Sneddon is the Executive Director of the Institute for Civil Society. He is a lawyer with a longstanding interest in promoting the freedoms of expression, conscience, association, and religion in our society, as well as seeking to encourage a civil discussion and debate on these liberties and their relation to public policy.

Mark was formerly Associate Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne Law School, and a senior lecturer at Monash University Law School in constitutional law, banking and financial services, e-business, and communications law. He has also taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada, and Loyola Law School in the United States.

Mark was a partner at Clayton Utz in Melbourne for nearly 12 years until 2011, working primarily in commercial and finance law, e-business and government services.

In June 2016 he completed four and half years as Crown Counsel (Advisings) to the Victorian Attorney-General and Office of the Premier providing legal and legal policy advice and services across a wide range of subject matter including constitutional and human rights law.

In addition to his role at ICS, Mark is currently a partner in a Melbourne commercial law firm.


Dr Simon P. Kennedy – Research Analyst

Simon KennedySimon Kennedy is a Research Analyst at the Institute for Civil Society. His work at the ICS involves researching and writing on state and federal policy regarding freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. He holds a PhD in the history of political thought and is investigating early modern political ideas regarding the nature and structure of political society. He holds a BA Hons (Politics) from Monash University.

Simon has previously worked in the music industry, the education sector, the Victorian Public Service and at the Parliament of Victoria. He has also lectured in political thought, and political and public theology.


Dr Sharon Rodrick – Research Analyst

Dr Sharon Rodrick is a Research Analyst at the Institute for Civil Society. She holds a BA, LLB (Hons) (Melb), LLM (Melb), PhD (Monash) and Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies (Australian College of Theology). Sharon has worked as a teaching and research academic for over 25 years, specialising in media law, freedom of the media and property law. She has co-authored a textbook in media law and is published on privacy law, open justice and restrictions on journalists and reporting.

She has a longstanding interest in freedom of expression and legal limitations on it and in the protection of freedom of religion in our society.



Pete Mulherin – Research Analyst

Pete Mulherin is a Research Analyst at the Institute for Civil Society, and a PhD candidate. His work at ICS involves examining public policies and the effects they may have on NGOs, clubs, and religious organisations. He holds a BA (History, Philosophy), and MA (International Relations).


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