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Scare Campaign Against Bill Uses Hypotheticals, But Real People Need Its Protection

Australians who regularly practise their religion are in a minority. Those who follow traditional religious practices on matters like sexual ethics, marriage, sanctity of human life, prayer and fasting or religious dress are an unpopular minority in some quarters. Like other minorities, they experience discrimination, but they don’t have the same legal protection. All federal,

By | March 3rd, 2020|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Comments on the Exposure Draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 and the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019

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

By | February 8th, 2020|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Mark Sneddon on ABC TV: Israel Folau, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion

"The better remedy for views which you think are objectionable is to rebut them. The remedy for bad speech is good speech. The remedy for bad ideas is better arguments on the other side. And that's how a free society operates, and that's how hopefully we get closer to truth while not shutting each other

By | December 10th, 2019|Freedom of Conscience and Religion, Uncategorized|

Comments on the Exposure Draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 and the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019

PDF version available here. Executive summary ICS believes that the Religious Discrimination Bill (RD Bill) has much to commend it. However, there are a number of amendments and improvements that should be made in order to bolster the protection of freedom of religion and to meet Australia’s obligations under Article 18 of the International Covenant on

By | September 25th, 2019|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Policy and Drafting Issues in a Religious Discrimination Bill

Revised 24 July 2019 PDF version here. This paper raises and makes recommendations concerning some key policy and drafting issues for a Religious Discrimination Act (RDA). It is recognised that an RDA is only the first step in implementing the government’s election commitments in relation to the Ruddock report and its response to broader concerns about

By | August 27th, 2019|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Advancing an Agenda to Protect Freedom of Religion and Belief

A PDF version of this paper is available here. On 13 December 2018 the Prime Minister released the government’s response to the Ruddock review – see here. His media release said[1]: “Our response to the Religious Freedom Review includes: establishing religion as a protected attribute in a new Religious Discrimination Act, rendering discrimination on this

By | June 27th, 2019|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Australians Want Protection for Freedom of Religion and Conscience

Prof. Mark Sneddon, ICS Executive Director, discusses the Galaxy poll on freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, and the importance of these issues for the 2019 Federal Election. A new poll, conducted by YouGov Galaxy and published by the Institute for Civil Society on Wednesday shows a vast majority of Australians think freedom of conscience

Poll Shows Strong Support for Protecting Freedoms of Thought, Conscience, Belief

A new YouGov Galaxy opinion survey shows that Australians strongly support the need for legal protections for freedoms of thought, conscience and belief (including religious belief) and that support has risen sharply in the last two years. 75% of those surveyed agreed that freedom of thought, conscience and belief in public through speech, practice and teaching

By | May 14th, 2019|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

ICS Urges Tasmania’s Parliament Not to Create Legal Warfare Over Gender-Neutral Pronouns

SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE PARLIAMENT OF TASMANIA JUSTICE AND RELATED LEGISLATION (MARRIAGE AMENDMENTS) BILL 2018 20 March 2019 We oppose the new concept of “gender expression” being included in “gender identity” as a new basis for unlawful discrimination and for insulting or offending unlawful conduct - Clause 9 amendments (a) and (b).

By | March 25th, 2019|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|