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

Religious Discrimination Bill: 5 Biggest Objections Answered

December 2nd, 2021|0 Comments

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Analysing the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021

November 12th, 2021|0 Comments

Prepared by Dr Sharon Rodrick Background and Lack of Consultation The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 was

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Victoria’s frontal attack on freedoms of religious bodies and educational institutions

November 12th, 2021|0 Comments

Discrimination can be good or bad and lawful or unlawful. Victoria’s anti-discrimination laws start with broad rules that discrimination on certain

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ICS strongly supports the NSW Joint Select Committee Report on the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (NSW)

July 10th, 2021|0 Comments

An all-party NSW Parliamentary Joint Select Committee Report has made detailed recommendations for a NSW Government Bill to protect people and

Briefing Sheet – Victorian Conversion Practices Bill

January 28th, 2021|0 Comments

Victoria set to create the broadest and harshest limits on free speech and access to advice, health care, counselling and prayer

Problems and Proposed Amendments: Victoria’s ‘Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020’

January 17th, 2021|0 Comments

A PDF of this document is available here and a summary here. A.   Summary of Issues with the Bill The Bill’s bans are far too

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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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