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About Mark Sneddon

Mark Sneddon is the Executive Director of the Institute for Civil Society, a social policy think tank based in Melbourne.

NSW needs major rethink of its proposed ban on conversion therapy

The NSW Government promised laws to ban harmful conversion therapy directed at an individual’s sexuality and not to follow the Victorian laws and to protect religious prayer and teaching. However the NSW Department of Justice Consultation Paper paid no attention and essentially copies the Victorian ban. ICS analysis shows the Victorian ban laws are an

By | October 3rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

ALRC lacks balance on religious schools and discrimination law

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) will soon finalise its recommended changes to the Sex Discrimination Act to remove freedoms of religious schools and colleges. These changes will likely require religious schools and colleges to make their employment decisions, teaching and student conduct rules subject to progressive moral values around acceptable relationship status, sexual expression

By | October 3rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

RESULTS: Survey of Federal parties and candidates on their policies on the Religious Discrimination Bill and religious schools

A broad based group of faith leaders (Christian, Muslim and Jewish) sent a questionnaire to parties and over 900 candidates in April 2022 to understand their policies on the Religious Discrimination Bill and Religious Schools. Go to the survey page to access the responses received on behalf of most parties and 500+ candidates. You can search for responses by

By | May 10th, 2022|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Submission to the Inquiry on the Religious Discrimination Bill

The Institute for Civil Society supports the Religious Discrimination Bill and accompanying Bills as a long overdue protection of people of faith and their organisations from being discriminated against on the ground of their religious belief or religious activity. In January 2022, ICS made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into

By | May 10th, 2022|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Federal Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 Summary

PDF available here. The Bill’s strengths It provides for the first time national protection for individuals against discrimination on grounds of their religious belief or lawful religious activity in many fields of public life (like employment, education, accommodation, provision of goods or services). Currently there is no protection against religious discrimination in NSW or (except

By | December 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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

Prepared by Dr Sharon Rodrick Background and Lack of Consultation The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 was introduced into the Victorian Legislative Assembly on Tuesday 26 October and was passed by the Legislative Assembly on 28 October. Members of the Assembly were not given access to the 116 page Bill until

By | November 12th, 2021|Freedom of Expression|