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Associate Professor Neil Foster

Victoria’s Conversion Practices Bill is as bad as they say it is

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Jan 18, 2021
Many commentators concerned with free speech and religious freedom have expressed serious concerns about the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 (Vic), now awaiting its second reading debate in the Victorian Legislative Council...
Associate Professor Neil Foster

The “monitum” and “rogue priests”

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Dec 9, 2017
With the commencement of the legislation adopting same-sex marriage for Australia today, 9 December, it seems worthwhile to note some more implications, following my initial comments on the change.
Associate Professor Neil Foster

Australia Adopts Same Sex Marriage: Law and Religion Implications

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Dec 7, 2017
It is to be hoped that in light of the loud claims by Parliamentarians of both sides that they support religious freedom, the term will be interpreted as broadly as possible.
Associate Professor Neil Foster
If the same-sex postal survey returns a majority “Yes” vote, what are things that Christian churches which are committed to a Biblical view of sex and marriage need to be thinking about? This brief paper will simply outline some issues, all of which will need careful further thought.
Associate Professor Neil Foster

Review of NT discrimination law

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Oct 5, 2017
First published on Neil Foster’s blog, Law and Religion The Northern Territory government has released a discussion paper called Modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act (Sept 2017). It invites comments by 3 December 2017. You can almost get the...
Associate Professor Neil Foster
One of the key ways that religious freedom in Australia is protected today is through the use of ‘balancing clauses’ in legislation prohibiting unlawful discrimination. These clauses take into account the need to balance the free exercise of religion with the right to be free from discrimination. This paper analyses the different religious freedom balancing clauses that are used in Australia law at the moment, and those that have been proposed in relation to same sex marriage, and suggests areas for improvement.