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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Our latest publications

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publications

The Same Sex Marriage Survey: Legal Issues and the Need for Broad Based Freedoms Protections

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Executive Summary This paper outlines some of the implications of same sex marriage. One of these is the accelerated legal and

Deficient Legal Protections for Supporters of Traditional Marriage: Mark Sneddon on SSM

August 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Mark Sneddon quoted in The Australian: "Rights Clash Looms in Same-Sex Debate" by Paul Kelly, 12/8/17 "Institute for Civil Society executive

Senator Smith’s SSM Bill Inadequate: ICS Calls for Robust Protection of Speech and Religion

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

 Mark Sneddon quoted in The Australian: "Christians Plan to Target Coalition" by Simon Benson, 8/8/17 "Institute for Civil Society executive director

Bureaucrats Play God, Break Caesar’s Law

August 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Education Department officials in Queensland have decided that primary school students can’t talk about Christianity or even give Christmas cards because

Archipelago or Landmass? Voluntary Associations, Civil Society and the Health of Liberal Democracy

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

The antidote to the slow yet real monopolisation of community by the state is a strong civil society and the voluntary

ICS Submission to the Inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act for Australia

May 8th, 2017|0 Comments

In mid-February 2017, Attorney-General George Brandis asked the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into establishing

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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.


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 is also a PhD candidate 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 in International Relations. He has a keen interest in classical liberalism and post-Enlightenment political philosophy, and his work at ICS involves examining public policies and the effects they may have on NGOs, clubs, and religious organisations. He also works as a Research Assistant at a Melbourne university, where he writes on Middle Eastern politics, Australian foreign policy, and democracy in America. Pete’s PhD dissertation focusses on Australia’s decision to fight the Islamic State. He holds a BA (History, Philosophy), and MA (International Relations).


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