The Council for Civil Liberties thanks the Expert Panel for its invitation to make a submission to the Religious Freedom Review.
The Religious Freedom Review's purpose is to "examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion".
Our submission is a statement of the NSWCCL’s general views on the issue and areas we think are in need of attention, it discusses:
- Human rights and Australia’s obligations: International law
- Australian Law—a summary.
- Four areas in which rights might be better dealt with in Australian law
- The relation between freedom of religion and other rights.
- The functions of a bill of rights.
- Relevant sections of Australian bills of rights.
- Balancing principles.
The four areas we discuss, in which rights might be better dealt with in Australian law are: freedom of speech, (for and against religions), freedom to practise, freedom from discrimination and protection against hate speech and incitement to violence.
Read full submission and recommendations: Religious Freedom Review