Tag: freedom of religion

  • Six months after marriage equality there’s much to celebrate – and still much to do

    Six months after marriage equality there’s much to celebrate – and still much to do

    By Dr Paula Gerber, Monash University It has been six months since Australia declared that marriage is no longer an exclusively heterosexual institution. In that time, approximately 2,500 same-sex couples have been married, with NSW having the most weddings, closely followed by Victoria and Queensland. Many more couples, who married overseas before marriage equality was […]

  • Referendum on banning the Burqa? No thanks

    By Paula Gerber and Farinaz Zamani Ashni Pauline Hanson is once again fuelling the flames of racism and xenophobia in Australia by suggesting that we should hold a referendum on banning the burqa. Hanson has joined a number of politicians who have a similar preoccupation with what Muslim women should wear. Following the high profile anti-terrorism […]

  • Human rights and religion in Australian Law. Where does the balance lie?

    Guest Blogger: Rachel Ball, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns at the Human Rights Law Centre The recent release of the Federal Government’s draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill (HRAD) has reignited Australian debate about human rights, religion and the law. The current controversy is around the permanent exceptions in the HRAD which allow religious bodies to […]