Category: Freedom of Religion

The Religious Discrimination Bill and a scare campaign that lacks substance

26TH NOVEMBER, 2021

This week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced the Religious Discrimination Bill into Federal Parliament. The Bill is a Coalition government election promise that it is now seeking to keep, albeit at the eleventh hour of…

Knives are out for unremarkable Religious Discrimination Bill

19TH NOVEMBER, 2021

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 19/11/2021 Next week, the federal government is expected to introduce a long-awaited religious discrimination bill that will make it unlawful to discriminate against religious Australians. The largely unremarkable…

Victorian Government Proposes Laws that Strip Parents of Fundamental Religious Freedom Rights

24TH SEPTEMBER, 2021

The Victorian government is proposing to remove religious freedom protections from the State’s equal opportunity laws, endangering the religious freedom rights of Christian parents and independent schools. Protections that ensure Christian parents can educate their…

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…

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