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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|

EVENT: Mark Sneddon Public Lecture on Proposed NT Laws – Undermining Freedoms

You are invited to a public meeting to hear Mark Sneddon speak on the proposed changes to the NT Anti-Discrimination Act and potential undermining of freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of religion. Location: Charles Darwin University Mal Nairn Lecture Theatre Date: 30th May, 2018 Time: 19:30-21:30

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

ICS Submission to the Review Panel on Religious Freedom

The Institute for Civil Society made the following submission to the Review Panel on Religious Freedom in February 2018. A PDF of the submission can be found here, including full references and appendices. SUBMISSION TO THE REVIEW PANEL ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Recommendations: A general statutory limitation on government (Federal, State, Territory and local) interference with

By | February 15th, 2018|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

ICS Submission to the Northern Territory Government on the Anti-Discrimination Act

In September 2017, the Northern Territory's Department of the Attorney General and Justice released a Discussion Paper about the "Modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act". They called for comments on the paper. The Institute for Civil Society made the following submission in January 2018. A PDF of the paper can be found here..   Comment on NT

The Unknowns of Assisted Dying

Mark Sneddon & Simon Kennedy, in The Spectator. "Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense during the administration of George W. Bush, famously spoke of different kinds of knowns and unknowns. He was speaking of military intelligence, and about what informs decision-making at a strategic level. The same kind of talk could be used for public policy. With

By | November 25th, 2017|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Religion and Human Rights: Mark Sneddon on Open House

"The result of the marriage survey, with its consequent change to the law, has opened up the question of religious freedom in Australia. The issue is never too far from the surface, but people disagree about whether and how to protect freedom of religion. Australia is a signatory to international covenants that guarantee freedom of

By | November 21st, 2017|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Postal Survey says YES – Legislating for Same Sex Marriage and Protecting Everyone’s Freedoms

 ICS Executive Director, Mark Sneddon, responds to the SSM survey results: A PDF version can be found here. Australians have spoken clearly in the same sex marriage postal survey. 61.6% of those who voted are in favour of same sex marriage. That is a clear mandate and the Parliament should legislate for same sex marriage.

By | November 17th, 2017|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 – Sending Mixed Messages on Suicide

This article was also published at On Line Opinion and is re-posted here with permission. If the Victorian Parliament passes the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, it will be sending mixed messages on suicide: it’s not OK for most but it is for some. And that simply isn’t right. Suicide is always a tragedy. As a society

By | October 18th, 2017|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|