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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Submission on the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (NSW)

October 24th, 2020|0 Comments

ICS supports NSW Bill on Religious Discrimination and unpicks erroneous criticism that the Bill preferences religion. Mark Sneddon appeared before the

Comments on the NSW Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Complaint Handling) Bill 2020

May 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Recently, ICS made a submission to the NSW Parliament on the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2020. The submission is available here, and supplementary

Scare Campaign Against Bill Uses Hypotheticals, But Real People Need Its Protection

March 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Australians who regularly practise their religion are in a minority. Those who follow traditional religious practices on matters like sexual ethics,

  • Australian Senate

Comments on the Exposure Draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 and the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019

February 8th, 2020|0 Comments

ICS believes that the Second Exposure Draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill (RDB2) is a considerable improvement on the First Exposure

Mark Sneddon on ABC TV: Israel Folau, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion

December 10th, 2019|0 Comments

"The better remedy for views which you think are objectionable is to rebut them. The remedy for bad speech is good

Comments on the Exposure Draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 and the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019

September 25th, 2019|0 Comments

PDF version available here. Executive summary ICS believes that the Religious Discrimination Bill (RD Bill) has much to commend it. However, there

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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.


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