Religious Freedom Review
This submission is guided by the Law Council’s existing position in relation to freedom of religion, and its current policies relating to rights and freedoms in domestic and international law. Further, having had the opportunity to meet with the Expert Panel in person, the Law Council has attempted to respond to matters raised at that consultation. While comprehensive responses have not been possible in the time available, it is hoped that the following submission provides a useful analysis of existing protections, and assists the Expert Panel in undertaking the Review.
In general, the Law Council is of the view that the existing protections arising from domestic and international law provide strong safeguards for religious freedom in Australia. However, there exist opportunities to consolidate and perhaps strengthen the protections against discrimination and vilification on the basis of religion at the federal level.
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