Protection of Religious Freedom

Of the 48% of eligible Australian voters who supported Same Sex Marriage, many did so in the belief that religious freedoms would be protected.

Regrettably, even the most basic religious protection amendments were defeated. They included:

  • Religious and conscientious protections for celebrants;
  • Freedom of expression and recognition of legitimate beliefs;
  • Protections for charities;
  • Non-discrimination in Government funding;
  • Protection of religious bodies and schools; and
  • Parents to have the right to withdraw children from certain classes.

Last month, Prime Minister Turnbull announced the creation of a Review to be led by Philip Ruddock. It will consider ‘the intersections between the enjoyment of the freedom of religion and other human rights’. It is important for individuals and groups to voice their concerns by making written submissions.

The Panel strongly encourages the use of this online submission form.

Submissions can also be made in hard copy or by email (Word, PDF or text files are preferred). These can be directed to:
The Expert Panel on Religious Freedom
C/O Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500
Canberra ACT 2600

All submissions must be received by 14 February 2018.