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Religion and Politics in Australia

The Conversation ran a series of article on religion and politics in Australia in late August. Michael Quinlan from Notre Dame, Sydney wrote (August 24) the most relevant article for us (‘The great divide where religious beliefs and the law meet’) looking at the census results and how changing attitudes have impacted the religious freedom protection’s debate. Here are a few paragraphs:

“Australia is a multi-faith society. The 2016 Census shows that, while the mix of beliefs has changed over the years, Australia remains a pretty religious place. In the last census, nearly 70% of Australians self-identified as religious. The number of Australians who have self-identified as Christian in the census has fallen from 88.2% in 1966 to 52.1% in 2016.

“Australian parliaments regularly pass laws without sufficient protections for religious freedom. It is common for Australian courts and human rights officials, when having to decide between protecting religious freedom and any other claim, to decline to protect religious freedom.

“Religion is not going away. Our laws can do a better job of accommodating people of faith. Our history demands no less.”

Click here for the full article.

Click here for an outline of the series.

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