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Advancing an Agenda to Protect Freedom of Religion and Belief

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 basis unlawful; establishing a new statutory position of Freedom

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

The Campaign to Remove Religious Freedoms in Anti-Discrimination Law – Video Explainer

Mark Sneddon took part in a conversation at St John’s Cathedral Parramatta on Religious Freedom with John Anderson AO and John Steenhoff in April 2019. In this excerpt Mark discusses Religious Freedom provisions in Anti-Discrimination Law and the campaign to remove them including the Greens and ALP Senate Bills in November 2018 – February 2019

By | June 19th, 2019|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

ALP’s Bill to Severely Limit Freedom of Religious Schools and Colleges and Religious Education in Churches, Mosques, Temples

The Labor Party’s proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act, currently before the Senate, will severely limit the freedom of religious schools and religious adult education institutions which train chaplains, missionaries and in Australia.  Summary Contrary to the recommendations of the Ruddock Panel on Religious Freedom, the ALP (Senator Wong) has introduced a Bill into the Senate to amend

By | November 30th, 2018|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Greens’ 2018 Schools Bill to Regulate Sermons?

Pre-empting the release of the Ruddock Panel Report on Religious Freedom, the Greens recently introduced a Bill to the Senate. It seeks to amend the Sex Discrimination Act and risks the freedom of religious Australians. The leaked recommendations of the Ruddock Report would continue the current exemptions in the Sex Discrimination Act that allow religious

By | November 22nd, 2018|Freedom of Conscience and Religion|

Submission: Inquiry into Legislative Exemptions that Allow Faith-Based Educational Institutions to Discriminate Against Students, Teachers and Staff

This is a submission prepared for the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. An inquiry was established to consider: Legislative exemptions that allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate against students, teachers and staff, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and other attributes covered by the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, with particular reference

By | November 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|