religious freedom

Australia’s Future with Tony Abbott: The Future Of Religious Freedom
28 March 2024

Australia’s Future with Tony Abbott: The Future Of Religious Freedom

See below for show notes: Former Prime Minister and Distinguished Fellow of the IPA, Tony Abbott, and the IPA’s Deputy Executive Director discuss the government’s attack on school choice and religious freedom, and the growing challenges and threat of China. Tony also shares his unique perspective on the failures of Australia’s mass migration program. Find out more at australia.ipa.org.au
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Thorburn’s Cancelling Shows Politics Is Now Football’s Main Game
6 October 2022

Thorburn’s Cancelling Shows Politics Is Now Football’s Main Game

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on or about 6 October 2022 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication. It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. The AFL prides itself on being a cultural and workplace leader – and
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The Cut That Dare Not Speak Its Name
17 February 2022

The Cut That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Recent calls for Scott Morrison to commit to tax reform are well made. But given his and his government’s track record, it might be best to leave the task to someone else. Given how the PM somehow allowed his efforts at ensuring religious freedom to turn into a debate about whether schools can expel students who are gay, it can only be
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Submission to the Inquiry Into The Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Related Bills
21 December 2021

Submission to the Inquiry Into The Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Related Bills

Freedom of religion is a core Australian value which has enriched the lives of Australians at an individual level and benefited society as a whole. The freedom to hold, express, and act on religious beliefs is an inalienable human right and integral to the dignity of the individual. Religion has also enriched Australian life through the provision of material welfare
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Religious Discrimination Bill: A Cure Worse Than the Disease for Australians of Faith
1 December 2021

Religious Discrimination Bill: A Cure Worse Than the Disease for Australians of Faith

The danger of the Australian government’s new religious discrimination bill is that in adding more laws on top of bad laws, Australians of faith could find it is a cure that is worse than the disease. New laws introduced into the federal parliament by the Morrison government on Thursday have been branded an attempt to secure the freedoms of Christians
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Bill Too Vague To Protect Religious Freedom
24 November 2021

Bill Too Vague To Protect Religious Freedom

The Institute of Public Affairs today warned the federal government’s revised Religious Discrimination Bill will fail to address the fundamental threats to religious liberty in Australia contained in state anti-discrimination legislation. “The protections for religious speech under the revised bill are simply too vague to be an effective shield for Australians of faith,” said Morgan Begg, the director of the
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To The Victim, Belong The Spoils Of (This) Law
6 March 2020

To The Victim, Belong The Spoils Of (This) Law

The government’s proposed religious discrimination bill puts the shoe on the other foot, and now the activists who championed every other discrimination law are bemoaning the “divisiveness” of this one. It is divisive, but so is all discrimination law. The public consultation period for the second draft of the religious discrimination bill, which prohibits discrimination based on someone’s beliefs (or
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Religious Liberty And Its Challenges In Australia Today: A Report Into The Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill 2019
15 November 2019

Religious Liberty And Its Challenges In Australia Today: A Report Into The Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill 2019

Religious freedom and its challenges in Australia The freedom to hold a religious conviction and to live a life according to deeply held religious beliefs is a fundamental aspect of the humanity of every individual. It is the hallmark of a civilised society that individuals are able to tolerate each other’s beliefs and live together in harmony. Even in a
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IPA Cautions Against Flawed Religious Freedom Laws
15 November 2019

IPA Cautions Against Flawed Religious Freedom Laws

The Institute of Public Affairs has today released a new report, Religious Liberty and Its Challenges In Australia Today: A Report into the Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill 2019, authored by IPA Director of Research Daniel Wild, and Research Fellow Morgan Begg. IPA Executive Director John Roskam said, “The proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 will blur the distinction between church
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Let’s Be An Open, Modern Society Without Trashing Our Heritage
31 October 2019

Let’s Be An Open, Modern Society Without Trashing Our Heritage

For a political party that preaches tolerance, the Greens never miss an opportunity to take a whack at Australia’s roughly 12 million Christians. So it was this week, when the NSW Greens took aim at the humble Lord’s Prayer, with a motion to scrap it in the state upper house. For those unfamiliar with the finer points of parliamentary procedure,
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