Protecting freedom of religion in Australia

December 15, 2017 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the terms of reference for the panel set up to examine Australia Law’s protection of religious freedom.

Malcolm Turnbull Photo: Ingrid Shakenovsky

Mr Turnbull stated: “Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. Right at the heart of our success as a free society is freedom of religion. It is a fundamental national value, recognised in the Constitution.

Last month, the Government announced an expert panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects religious freedom, to be chaired by the Philip Ruddock.

I am pleased to share the terms of reference for the Expert Panel to Examine Religious Freedom in Australia. In undertaking its Review the Panel will:

  • consider the intersections between the enjoyment of the freedom of religion and other human rights;
  • have regard to any previous or ongoing reviews or inquiries that it considers relevant; and
  • consult as widely as it considers necessary.

In consultation with Mr Ruddock, University of Queensland constitutional law Professor Nicholas Aroney has also been appointed to the Expert Panel.

He will join Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher, Dr Annabelle Bennett SC and Fr Frank Brennan SJ

The Expert Panel will hold its first formal meeting in early 2018 to discuss the consultation process. I have asked the Expert Panel to report its findings by 31 March 2018.

Initial submissions from the public addressing the matters set out in the terms of reference are welcome. To provide a submission or view the full terms of reference, visit

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