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Religious Organisations’ Tax Exemption Status: Mark Sneddon quoted in Victorian Parliament Debate

In early May, the Victorian Parliament debated proposed legislation which would see the tax-exempted status of many faith-based organisations revoked. Mark Sneddon and ICS were closely involved in assessing the bill, consulting with parliamentarians, and providing commentary on the potential consequences of the new laws. Below are extracts from the debate which cite Mark's important

By | May 22nd, 2018|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

EVENT: Public Lecture hosted by RASP, featuring ICS’ Dr Sharon Rodrick

On 18 May the Federal Government’s Inquiry into Religious Liberty under the Chairmanship of Philip Ruddock will present its report. It is very timely that the University of Divinity's Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy (RASP) invites you to attend the second annual RASP Public Conversation on this significant topic on 1 June

By | May 21st, 2018|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Update: Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

Research conducted by the International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation reveals that currently, there are likely over 40 million people in slavery-like conditions worldwide. An estimated 25 million of these are in the Asia Pacific, and over 28 million are women and girls. One in four are under the age of 18. A

By | September 22nd, 2017|Freedom from Slavery|

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

The antidote to the slow yet real monopolisation of community by the state is a strong civil society and the voluntary associations that thrive within it. Voluntary associations are key to protecting diversity in a pluralistic society, write ICS' Peter Mulherin and Simon P. Kennedy in the Centre for Independent Studies' quarterly POLICY Magazine. Read

By | July 10th, 2017|Freedom of Association|

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

In mid-February 2017, Attorney-General George Brandis asked the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. The inquiry called for submissions exploring: The nature and extent of modern slavery (including slavery, forced labour and wage exploitation, involuntary servitude, debt bondage, human trafficking, forced marriage

By | May 8th, 2017|Freedom from Slavery|

Shining the Light on Slavery in the Supply-Chains of Australian companies – A Modern Slavery Act for Australia

Mark Sneddon & Pete Mulherin Modern slavery rarely uses the shackles, whips, ships’ holds, and slave markets historically associated with the transatlantic slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries. Britain legislated to abolish slavery in 1833 after years of lobbying by William Wilberforce and others. But slavery has not gone away. As far as

By | March 14th, 2017|Freedom from Slavery|