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Justice Connect has made a submission to the Attorney-General’s Department in response to the proposed Religious Freedom Bills. In our submission, we supported the views of the Human Rights Law Centre and Equality Australia that the bills are not fit for purpose as they fail to strike the appropriate balance between protecting religious freedom and the right of people to be free from discrimination.
Our submission also responded to proposed amendments to the Charities Act 2013 (Cth). We recommended that the amendments be abandoned because they are unnecessary and, if implemented, would create an untenable double standard resulting in greater confusion around the ability of charitable groups (including religious charities) to advocate in line with their charitable purposes.
We recommended that the bills not be introduced into Parliament in their current form. Read our full submission below.