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Associate Professor Neil Foster

Victorian proposals to further limit religious freedom rights

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Sep 20, 2021
The Victorian government has recently announced proposals to further limit important protections for religious freedom currently applicable to religious persons, bodies and schools in that State. The recent proposals have been put forward as dealing...
Associate Professor Neil Foster

Weddings and Kirpans- indirect religious discrimination in NSW

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Aug 18, 2021
While Sikh weddings will often feature the symbolic dagger known as the “kirpan”, that is not the connection I am writing about. In NSW at the moment both weddings in general, and kirpans worn by...
Associate Professor Neil Foster

Religious freedom and knives in school

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Jun 1, 2021
A debate over the extent of religious freedom laws has arisen in NSW after an incident at a school where one student was stabbed by another, who was wielding a “kirpan”, a religious symbol in the form...
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.