IPA says repeal laws that threaten religious freedom

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5 April 2018
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A Report Into Religious Liberty In Australia: Provided To The Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel, by Institute of Public Affairs Research Fellow, Morgan Begg, was reported by The Australian Newspaper yesterday.

The story: IPA says repeal laws that threaten religious freedom, by The Australian journalist Ben Packham, says:

But the Institute of Public ­Affairs’ director of policy, Simon Breheny, told the government’s Religious Freedom Review, chaired by Phillip Ruddock, this would be a mistake.

“The law is not the friend of freedom,” Mr Breheny said, adding that religious freedom was a “bundle of rights”, encompassing freedom of thought, freedom of expression and freedom of worship. “It’s important that each of these rights is protected if religious liberty is to be given full expression,” Mr Breheny said.

He said this should be done by dismantling laws that violated these freedoms, such as section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes it illegal to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” on the basis of a person’s race or ethnic origin.

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