Religious Freedom in Australia

I was invited to speak to the J Rueben Clark Law Society annual conference on Friday May 29, and gave a paper on Religious Freedom in Australia. (I am not a member of the Society but happy to share in the work of supporting religious freedom with its members.) The paper covers something of the ground I covered in a previous blog post on this area, but in more detail and with footnotes! After the paper one member of the audience noted that I had omitted to mention s 46 of the Tasmanian Constitution Act 1934 which is the only provision for specific religious freedom protection in Australia in a State Constitution. Worth keeping in mind though so far no court has ever had occasion to consider what it means. Those who are interested in a detailed analysis of the somewhat patchwork system for religious freedom protection in Australia at the moment may find the paper of interest.

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