On 22 November 2017, and after the same-sex marriage survey returned a majority 'Yes' vote to redefine marriage in Australia, the Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced the appointment of an Expert Panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.
The Panel shall examine and report on whether Australian law (Commonwealth, State and Territory) adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.
The Panel were instructed with the following Terms of Reference:
The Expert Panel comprises:
The Expert Panel are to report its findings by 31 March 2018.
The Panel is being supported by a Secretariat within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Australian Christian Lobby and the Human Rights Law Alliance provided a joint submission to the panel which is available below.
The Religious Freedom Review is no longer accepted submissions as the time for public submission closed on 14 February 2018.
In September 2017, the Northern Territory Attorney-General’s Office released a Discussion Paper that reads like a wish-list for the radical gender theorists who want to now eradicate men and women.
In November 2017, the Minister for Territory Families, The Hon Dale Wakefield, introduced the Adoption of Children Legislation Amendment (Equality) Bill in the Legislative Assembly.
The Parliamentary committee established by the Hodgman Government to investigate the future of Tasmania’s gaming markets has unfortunately missed its chance to show strong leadership on the contentious issue of poker machine reform with the release last month of a lack-luster report.
On 15 June 2017 the Australian Government issued a discussion paper to consider potential reforms to the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) tax arrangements.
Efforts to adhere to limitations on assisted suicide and euthanasia have failed in other jurisdictions, an inquiry has heard in an Australian Christian Lobby submission.
The claim that an injecting room in Richmond, Victoria will save the lives of overdosing heroin users in Richmond does not appear to be backed by sound evidence, says the Australian Christian Lobby submission to a parliamentary committee considering drug policy.
Growing up, how many times did you hear the chestnut of parental wisdom – ‘respect your elders’?
Home-schooling parents in Victoria are concerned with proposed new regulations that allow the Government to control what they teach their children, largely destroying the benefits of homeschooling.
Moves are underway to remove sections of the criminal law in QLD that will abolish the partial defence of provocation.
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