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Associate Professor Neil Foster

ACT Discrimination Law Reforms Narrow Religious Freedom

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Jun 27, 2022
The Australian Capital Territory government has released an Exposure Draft of a Bill to amend that jurisdiction’s Discrimination Act 1991 (“DA”). They have invited public comment by 1 July 2022. As key protections for religious...
Associate Professor Neil Foster

Government amendments to Religious Discrimination bills

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Feb 9, 2022
Debate in the House of Representatives in the Federal Parliament resumed today on the package of bills dealing with religious discrimination. (For general background, see my initial post on the bills here, and recent update...
Associate Professor Neil Foster
Current press reports suggest that the Federal Government is contemplating a change to the provisions of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 which allow religious schools to operate in accordance with their religious commitments, in the...
Associate Professor Neil Foster

Victorian Religious Exceptions Amendment Bill introduced

Associate Professor Neil Foster
Oct 29, 2021
As previously foreshadowed (see my analysis of the proposals when first announced here) the Victorian government has introduced a Bill into the Parliament of that State seriously limiting the religious freedom of religious bodies and...
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...