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Submissions for this consultation closed on Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Submissions for this consultation closed on Wednesday, 2 October 2019. Information on the second public consultation process on these bills can be found on the Religious Freedom Bills – second exposure drafts page.

The Australian Government invited submissions on first exposure drafts of legislative reforms on religious freedom between 29 August and 2 October 2019. These are the:

  • Religious Discrimination Bill 2019
  • Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019
  • Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019.

On 10 December 2019, the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General released second exposure drafts of the three bills. Further information about the second consultation process can be found on the Religious Freedom Bills – second exposure drafts page.

Submissions

We received approximately 6,000 submissions, including a number of campaign-based submissions. We will publish further submissions progressively over time, but note that given the volume received, not all submissions will be published.

If you require any of these documents in a different accessible format, please contact FoRConsultation@ag.gov.au.

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Draft religious freedom bills

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Religious Discrimination Bill 2019

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Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019

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Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019

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Background

On 13 December 2018, the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General released the Report of the Religious Freedom Review. The review made several recommendations and concluded that there is an opportunity to further protect and better promote freedom of religion under Australian law and in the community.

In its response, the Australian Government committed to a range of measures to implement the review's recommendations. These form the basis of the legislative package the government will introduce into Parliament.

  • The Religious Discrimination Bill will provide comprehensive protection against discrimination on the basis of religious belief or activity in specified areas of public life.
  • The Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 will make consequential amendments necessary to implement the Religious Discrimination Bill.
  • The Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019 will amend existing Commonwealth legislation to better protect the right to freedom of religion.

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Use of your information

The information you give us will help to develop the package of legislative reforms. It will only be used for this purpose.

We may publish your submission, unless you request for it to remain confidential, or if we consider (for any reason) that it should not be made public. We may redact parts of published submissions, as appropriate. You can also ask for your submission to be published anonymously.

Personal information

We will collect personal information so that we can verify submissions are not duplicates and to provide advice to government. If you wish to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym, let us know when you send in your submission.

Refer to our privacy policy to find out more.

Note: We cannot resolve individual disputes or provide advice on any examples of potential discrimination.

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Make an enquiry

Email: FoRConsultation@ag.gov.au

If you experience issues accessing any document on this page, please contact FoRConsultation@ag.gov.au for assistance.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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