ICS believes that the Second Exposure Draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill (RDB2) is a considerable improvement on the First Exposure Draft. We welcome the fact that a number of our concerns that were raised in our submission on the First Exposure Draft have been addressed. However, a number of those concerns remain unaddressed and new provisions have been added to the Bill that give rise to additional concerns. There are therefore a number of further amendments and improvements that should be made in order to effectively protect individuals and organisations from religious discrimination and to meet Australia’s obligations under Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
See the full submission here.