find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Inquiry into religion and human rights

Inquiry into religion and human rights

THE NEWLY renamed Australian Human Rights Commission last week launched the Freedom of religion and belief in the 21st century discussion paper.The discussion paper forms part of a comprehensive…

THE NEWLY renamed Australian Human Rights Commission last week launched the Freedom of religion and belief in the 21st century discussion paper.

The discussion paper forms part of a comprehensive investigation by the commission into the right of freedom of religion, as first set out in article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the context of Australian society.

According to Race Discrimination Commission Tom Calma, the intent of the investigation is to “examine and report on the extent to which this right can be enjoyed in Australia today by drawing from practical everyday experiences and observations”.

Launching the discussion paper, Calma noted that issues raised by the intersection between religion and human rights can be seen regularly in the news. As examples, he noted the issue of the interaction between security issues and religious freedom following events such as 9/11, the treatment of women in various religions and the extent to which religion and religious institutions should be involved in the schooling system.

“Given the prominence of such issues in the headlines, and, indeed, our lives, I see it as timely that they be comprehensively evaluated in terms of their impact in the practise, expression and perception of religion and spirituality in Australia,” he said.

Submissions are being accepted on the discussion paper until 31 January 2009 and a final report is due for release in early 2010. The report’s three researchers are Gary Bouma, Desmond Cahill and Dr Hass Dellal.

Calma said he hoped the report would provide “the most comprehensive analysis of religion, belief and human rights ever undertaken in Australia”.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Inquiry into religion and human rights
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Dec 14 2017
International arbitration and business culture
Promoted by Maxwell Chambers. This article discusses the impact of international arbitration on t...
Papua New Guinea flag
Dec 14 2017
World-first mining case launched in PNG
Citizens of Papua New Guinea have launched landmark legal proceedings against the country’s govern...
Dec 14 2017
Punishing offenders twice pointless, politicians warned
The president of the Law Society of NSW has warned legislators from other states about adopting cont...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...