Submission to the 2015 Review of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this review of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (“Charter”).
Freedom 4 Faith (“F4F”) is an organisation that was formed to educate the Christian church and wider public on issues relating to freedom of religion in Australia. F4F’s leadership team includes senior leaders from the Anglican, Baptist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Seventh day Adventist traditions, as well as legal experts.
The main purpose of this submission is to outline the scope of the right to religious freedom so that it might be accurately reflected in the Charter. This submission is therefore structured in two parts. The first part outlines the nature and scope of the right to religious freedom; the second seeks to apply this understanding to the Charter so as to strengthen its level of protection.