Religious Freedom Review - submissions

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Substantially similar submissions


Date of submissionsort ascending Submission number Organisation or individual File attachments
15th February 2018 16105 Marc de Castella
15th February 2018 13691 Adam Walker
15th February 2018 14931 Dr Peter Taylor
15th February 2018 15051 Hon John Howard OM AC
15th February 2018 14933 Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia
15th February 2018 16094 Adrian Harris
15th February 2018 15062 Legal Aid NSW
15th February 2018 15063 Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
15th February 2018 15064 Federation of Ethnic Communities' Council of Australia
15th February 2018 15121 Law Council of Australia
15th February 2018 15940 Gerard Brennan
15th February 2018 15948 Peter Young
14th February 2018 13687 Kaysie Butler
14th February 2018 13689 Peter Rovira
14th February 2018 13685 Nelson Parker
14th February 2018 13683 Lauren Compton
14th February 2018 13680 Tanya Poyitt
14th February 2018 13682 Patricia Hooker
14th February 2018 13679 Timothy James Hill
14th February 2018 13676 Rev Cliff Parish
14th February 2018 13678 David Assen
14th February 2018 13668 Clara Geoghegan
14th February 2018 13670 James Gibson
14th February 2018 13675 I. Wu
14th February 2018 13674 Peter Davis
14th February 2018 15084 Rodney Welsh
14th February 2018 13659 Ian Hercus
14th February 2018 13660 Margaret Cathro
14th February 2018 13661 Leah Falvey
14th February 2018 13656 Ern Beckers
14th February 2018 13653 Bruce Cantrill
14th February 2018 15086 Liz Heather
14th February 2018 13646 Ruth Horsfall
14th February 2018 13645 Derek Armour
14th February 2018 13639 Patrick Sibly
14th February 2018 13640 Jordan Madden
14th February 2018 13634 Laurel Stewart
14th February 2018 13633 Steve Hicks
14th February 2018 13626 Michael Cossa
14th February 2018 13625 Felicity Burger
14th February 2018 13624 Helena O'Neill
14th February 2018 13621 John Denness
14th February 2018 13620 Isabel Bennett
14th February 2018 13613 Darren Pearce
14th February 2018 13609 David Bullock
14th February 2018 13599 Jackie Campbell
14th February 2018 13597 Cheryl Haigh
14th February 2018 13595 Maurice and Esrher Stone
14th February 2018 13590 Steve Gadsby
14th February 2018 13587 Tina Nisanyan


Note: submissions dated 15 February 2018 are those which the Panel accepted after the closing date.