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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

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|

The Same Sex Marriage Survey: Legal Issues and the Need for Broad Based Freedoms Protections

Executive Summary This paper outlines some of the implications of same sex marriage. One of these is the accelerated legal and cultural damage to freedom of speech, conscience and religion for those who support traditional marriage. That issue is not just about forcing ministers to conduct weddings or bakers to bake cakes for same sex

By | September 19th, 2017|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

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|

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|

Victorian Parliamentary Interfaith Community Leaders Briefing

On August 11 2016, ICS Executive Director Mark Sneddon addressed a gathering of community leaders representing people from a range of different faiths, at Victoria’s Parliament House. Speaking on both the Labor Party’s proposed reintroduction of an ‘inherent requirements’ test, and the Greens’ Equality for Students Bill; Mr Sneddon outlined why voluntary organisations should be

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