A panel set up to review the impact of same-sex marriage on religious freedoms has received a flood of submissions. Source: The Australian.
Malcolm Turnbull has granted an extension to the panel conducting the religious freedom review, set up after the legalisation of same-sex marriage, and it will now deliver its report on May 18.
It had originally been expected to report on March 31, but Mr Turnbull said “the number of submissions has made this impossible”.
“The response from individuals and organisations has been unprecedented — with more than 16,000 public submissions received,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.
“In light of the volume of submissions, I have agreed to this extension to ensure that the panel has adequate time to carefully consider the issues raised.”
The review is being conducted by an expert panel led by former Liberal frontbencher Philip Ruddock.
It was established during the same-sex marriage debate to assuage concerns about the impact a change in the Marriage Act would have on religious freedom.
Mr Ruddock, in his role as the last attorney-general of the Howard Government, introduced the 2004 amendment to the Marriage Act which defined it as a union between a man and a woman.
He recently served as the Turnbull Government’s special envoy for human rights and has strong connections to Australia’s multicultural and religious communities.
SSM religious freedom review sparks flood of submissions (The Australian)