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Religious Freedom

Dutton calls hate speech move ‘a trap’ as discrimination talks falter

Labor’s hopes of passing two key bills with bipartisan support have taken a hit with a breakdown in negotiations on religious discrimination and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, labelling its hate speech proposal a “trap”. Source: The Guardian.

Religious Freedom South Asia

Pakistan bishop denounces anti-Christian violence as ‘dark day’

An attack on Christians in north-central Pakistan by an enraged Muslim mob, who accused a Christian man of having defaced the Koran, represents a “dark day” for the country’s Christian community, Pakistan’s top Catholic official has said. Source: Crux.

Politics Religious Freedom

Government drafts hate speech bill to protect against vilification

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus is drafting new hate speech laws that will impose criminal penalties for serious instances of vilification based on a person’s race, sexuality, gender, disability or religion. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Religious Freedom

Laws must protect religious freedom: ex-PM Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has defended the right of faith-based schools to hire staff who share the same religious beliefs and values as “common sense”, saying that it should be respected in any new legislation affecting religious freedoms. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Bishops Religious Freedom

Archbishop pens letter on religious freedom

Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous has written a pastoral letter to the faithful of Tasmania expressing concern over threats to religious freedom posed by “certain ideological positions” imposed “by means of legislation”. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

Education Religious Freedom

Faith is under attack, says federal coalition

Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese over religious discrimination laws with parents and teachers declaring the proposed changes an attack on faith-based schools. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Education Religious Freedom

Tasmanian Catholics unite against changes to religious freedom laws

Catholic Education Tasmania has written to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese urging him not to “enact laws that will divide us over religion”. Source: The Australian.

Queensland Religious Freedom

State plays down concern over discrimination act changes

The Queensland Government has played down claims its changes to anti-discrimination legislation will be the most restrictive in the nation amid a threat it could become an election issue. Source: Courier-Mail.

Queensland Religious Freedom

Proposed changes to Queensland act would  ‘betray’ faith communities

Proposed changes to the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act would be a “betrayal of all faith communities” in the state, an open letter from Queensland Churches Together warns. Source: The Catholic Leader.