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Exposing Complicity in the Global Slave Trade: Is it Time for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia?

Modern slavery rarely uses the shackles, whips, ships' holds and slave markets historically associated with the transatlantic slave trade of the eighteenth and nineteenth 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 the world may have come

By | March 21st, 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|

Summary of Senate Select Committee Report on Same-Sex Marriage Bill and Religious Freedom 15 February 2017 and ICS’s contribution to the Report

On 15 February the Senate Select Committee handed down its report on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill.1 Key points  The Senate Select Committee stated in its report that: in the short term there is a need to enhance current protections for religious freedom generally. there was broad agreement that any future

By | February 27th, 2017|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

ICS Submission to Senate Inquiry on Same Sex Marriage

In late 2016 the Australian Senate established a committee to inquire into the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill. The committee called for submissions exploring: the proposed exemptions for ministers of religion, marriage celebrants and religious bodies and organisations to refuse to conduct or solemnise marriages, and the extent to which those exemptions prevent encroachment upon

By | January 31st, 2017|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Answers to Questions on Notice from the Senate Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill

The Institute for Civil Society (Mr Kennedy and Dr Rodrick) gave evidence to the Committee on 23 January 2017 and undertook to take the following question on notice. Mark Sneddon - Executive Director Simon Kennedy - Research Analyst Dr Sharon Rodrick - Research Analyst 30 January 2017 www.i4cs.com.au contact@i4cs.com.au QoN 1: Senator Pratt – Would

By | January 30th, 2017|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Freedom of Association: Sanity Succeeds on Spring Street

On Tuesday afternoon, Victoria’s upper house of Parliament voted down the Labor Government’s Equal Opportunity Amendment Bill. The Bill was a direct attack on religious groups in Victoria, as it restricted the ability of religious groups to make employment decisions based on whether a candidate or employee agreed with and practised the religion. The Bill

By | December 7th, 2016|Freedom of Association|

The State as Hire Authority

A bill before the Victorian Parliament professes to put an end to discrimination, but the result will be nothing of the kind. What it would achieve is nothing less than the formal rejection of the idea that diverse views are integral to the conduct of a civil society The difference between religious and government schools

By | October 30th, 2016|Freedom of Association|

Human Rights Issues with Proposed Victorian Government Law

On September 11 2016, ICS Executive Director Mark Sneddon wrote a submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC)—an all-party, joint house committee tasked with examining all Bills presented to the Victorian Parliament. Mr Sneddon drew the attention of MPs to significant human rights problems with the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill

By | September 11th, 2016|Freedom of Association|