Category: Freedom of Religion

Religious Freedom Needs an Effective Religious Discrimination Bill

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2021

Opponents of the Religious Discrimination Bill are mounting a concerted campaign and moving another line of attack against the long-awaited piece of legislation. The Attorney General and the Coalition Government have been signalling to faith…

Cancelled Christian Doctor Jereth Kok Will Get His Day In Court

27TH AUGUST, 2021

For two long years, Christian doctor Jereth Kok has been provisionally suspended from practising medicine. Since August 2019, Jereth has been unable to work as a doctor while awaiting the outcome of a Medical Board…

The Federal Religious Discrimination Bill and Religious Bodies – Opponents are talking out of both sides of their mouths

13TH AUGUST, 2021

At the 2019 election, the Coalition made a commitment to enact a Religious Discrimination Bill that would protect the religious freedom of all Australians. A key issue for the Bill is whether religious bodies (churches,…

New Victorian law is an attack on fundamental freedoms that puts everyone at risk

5TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Unfortunately, on 4 February 2021, the Victorian parliament passed the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 and it will shortly become law. Because fundamental flaws of the legislation were not addressed with amendments, the new law…

Victorian Conversion Bill an unparalleled threat to religious freedom

22ND JANUARY, 2021

As 2021 begins, we observe the onward march of a Bill introduced in Victoria late last year to outlaw what the Victorian Premier has described as “cruel and bigoted practices that seek to change or suppress a…

Update on Foster Couple’s Religious Discrimination Claim

18TH DECEMBER, 2020

The end of 2020 saw another milestone for Byron and Keira Hordyk, the Western Australian Christian couple rejected as “unsafe” to foster 0-5-year-old children because of their Christian beliefs on sexuality and gender, in what…

Victorian Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill

4TH DECEMBER, 2020

Gay ‘conversion therapy’ laws will have serious consequences for the liberties of Australians. The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill (VIC) is the next push following Bills in other States that have the serious potential to…

Foster Couple Case is Going to Hearing

17TH NOVEMBER, 2020

After three years, a Christian couple rejected as “unsafe” to foster vulnerable kids will have their day in court. Byron and Keira Hordyk, a WA couple will be presenting their case before the State Administrative…

Vilification Laws Misused to Attack Free Speech

25TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

What do you think about ‘cancel-culture’? A healthy liberal democratic society requires freedom to exchange ideas and beliefs and to participate in public debate. A society that lacks such freedoms will not last for long….

The process as punishment: The misuse of vilification laws

21ST AUGUST, 2020

The Human Rights Law Alliance is acting for Lyle Shelton in relation to a vilification complaint brought against him by two drag queens. This piece explains the basic substance of the complaint against Lyle and why…

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