Submission Group 8

  1. Religion is a fundamental part of Australian society and culture.
  2. It manifests in many organisations, practices and institutions well beyond churches and makes a vital contribution to our country, community and people.
  3. I am a person/we are people of faith and for me/us, religious freedom is both important and precious. It represents much more than freedom to worship.
  4. Our way of life in Australia would be served by ensuring protection of freedom of religion given the influence and significance of religion in our national history, culture and society.
  5. There is very little formal protection of freedom of religion in Australia and such protection is worthy and necessary in these times of rapid change and uncertainty.
  6. I/we welcome this review, thank the Expert Panel for the opportunity to be heard and would appreciate knowing of opportunities to participate in the panel’s work (for instance via public meetings).
  7. During the legislation of same-sex marriage, principles were raised and amendments were moved which were suggested to be better addressed later as part of this review.
  8. These principles and reforms are worthy of review and recommendation by the Panel.
  9. It is essential to me/us that these elements of religious freedom are protected by law in Australia:
    1. The rights of parents in relation to the rearing and education of their children;
    2. The rights of individuals to express their views on same-sex marriage and other issues;
    3. The right of individuals to not be coerced into making or endorsing a statement with which they disagree;
    4. The rights of charities in relation to their policies and practices;
    5. The rights of religious organisations in relation to their services and facilities, policies and practices;
    6. The rights of religious organisations and individuals having access to government funding; and
    7. The rights of celebrants in relation to the conduct of ceremonies.
  10. I am/we are concerned at the development of anti-discrimination laws which in our view place other interests above those of religious belief and we submit that religious belief should be no exception, but rather, a substantive, recognised right.
  11. I/we submit that freedom of religion intersects with and relies upon other fundamental freedoms of conscience, speech and association, and these must be equally upheld and protected.
  12. I/we support the submissions of our [church/organisation] in this important Review.
  13. We ask that this submission be considered by the Panel, and we give consent for this submission to be published by the Panel among its default, public list of submissions received.
  14. Thank you again for your consideration.
Names
*The following people presented submissions which were substantially similar to, or variations of, this submission
Ai Hoon McRae Eduardo Martinez Karina Okotel Phillip and Annabelle Moore
Alexander Shliahov Elizabeth Smith Kate Cox Phillippa Oakden-Patch and Andrew Patch
Alfred Lam Elizabeth Stephens Katerina Zmejkoska Phyllis and Frank Buhagiar
Alison Chambers Emily Wilson Katrina East Pieter Vivivers
Allen Lin Eric Neil Harvey Keith and Heather McLauchlan Priscilla Norris
Amanda Brohier Eric Pike Kellie Servaas Rachel Lee
Ammish Adu Eve Bennett Kelly Harrington Railton Hill
Amy Chan Fiona Dobrzynski Kerry Baldwin and Robert Baldwin Range Zhu
Anastasia Dim Fiona Holliday Kerry McGorlick Ray Hockley
Andrew Fernando Fiona Way Kingsley House Ray Ledger
Andrew Lawrence Francis Ling Lawrence Yee Raylee Bielenberg
Andrew Meyer Frank and Mary Hill Leigh Duffett Reremoana Rongo
Andrew Mogg Frank Evans Leith and Carol Jenke Rex and Margaret Baulch
Andrew Pink Frank Gessler Len and Heather Handasyde Ricardo Martinez
Andrew Wright Frank Wilkey Leonie King Rick Porter
Angela Beeston Garreth Morris Les Penaluna Robert Colman
Anna and Jack Dudek Garry White Les Walters Robert Gianatti
Anna Harpley Gavin Chin Lesley Dowling Robert Head
Anne Nelson Gayle Kenos Lesly Gorbach Robert Hodge
Annette Miller Geoff and Billie Searle Liana Vasic Robert Whalley
Annie Willis George Abraham Lilian Loo Robyn Cuffe
Anthony Dennis George Bakker Liliann Lim Rod and Anita MacKay
Anton Pillai and Margurite Pillai George Kenos Liou Liu Rod and Judy Ferguson
Arthur Sellers Gerald and Berna Olthof Lisa M. Frost Rodney Crawford
Athol Harris Gloria Eccles Lisiate Fifita Ron Holmes
Austin Carwardine Gordon and Cicely Tucker Luke Japon Ronald Hicks
Barry and Susan Allen Gordon and Margaret Smith Lyn Fox Ronald John Christie
Barry Reid Graeme and Stephanie Clough Lynette Brown Rosario Naddei
Beau Jones Graeme Blaiklock Lynette Duncan Roslyn Dempsey
Belinda Young Graham and Joan Baker M. Cave Ruzan Hovhannisyan
Ben Teh Graham Anderson Maaike and John Kirkland Sam Nicholas
Benjamin James Meyer Graham Meineke Mabel Lee Samantha Choi
Berk Foulds Grant Nicoll Magdi Mikhail Samantha Kay
Berlinda Clarke Greg and Dianne Malimonenko Maggie Travers Samuel Hill
Bernadette Davie Gunawan Samahita Manfred Hotger Sandra Angel
Bernadette Ross Hana Kim Marc Grimer Sandra Hass
Bernie O'Keeffe Hans Vermeulen Marco Vittiglia Saimone K. Vuki
Bert van Spronsen Heath Hatfield Maree Kilpatrick Scott Hill
Bertram Plomp Helen Birkett Margaret and Gary Adams Sharon Hickey
Bill Robertson Helen Bos Margaret Maag Sharon Maybir
Bob and Sylvia Richardson Helen Hall Margaret Muir Shelley Redmond
Bradley Smithson Hilary Edwards, Shirley Swallow, Jane Elkington, Evelyn Clarke, Lynette Sorensen Margery Mills Sherilee Ann Meyer
Brett Ogilvie Hodonska Ladislava Margot Halladay Shirley Banks
Bronwyn Mckenzie Hwin Loy Maria De Oliveira Shirley Guhl
Bronwyn Muller Ian Fraser Maria Zasentseva Simeon Anthony Xavier
Bruce E Brown Ian Varughese Marilyn Jill Shalders Simon Abbot
Bruce Jenyns Irene Pass Mark Atta-Danso Simon John Eyles
Bruce Turner J. van der Kooy Mark Macquaim-Quarrell Sotiria Pagones
Cara Jackson Jacob French Mark Shad St Mark's Preschool and Long Day Care
Carmel Charlton Hancock Jacobus Olivier Mark Wakefield Stanhope Jonsson
Carol Kokiri Jacqueline Young Maroun Jabbour Steffanie Chatelier
Caroline Murray Jacqui Ford Marta Mencinskyj Stephanie and Michael Karam
Carolyn Butcher James Frederick Dale Martin Kelly Stephen Brown
Carolyn Jarrett James Russell Martin Robinson Stephen Ford
Carolyn Violet Nolan Jamie Van Burgel Mary Siow Stephen Ross
Chris Forder Janet Miller Matthew Biddle Stephen Ward
Chris Meyer Jason Yeap Matthew Fox Steve Howard
Christopher John Wilkinson Jeanette Cheung May But Steven Niebling
Christopher Uttley Jeffrey Kollen Megan Fox Steven Stokes
Coen Aog Church Jennifer Elbourne Mervyn Rodrigues Steven Warren
Colin Lewis Jennifer Nicholas Michael Goode Suan Yoong
Colin Sharrock Jenny McDougall Michael Mansfield Sue Killin
Coral Edwards Jill Kuhn Michael Mifsud Susanne Pennington
Cornelis Intveld Jill Mawson Michael Rose Sylvia Stoneohouse
Corneliu Telegaru Jillian Steel Michael Young Teresa De Sousa
Craig Tate Jim Cabrera Mikaela Wu Teresa Lau
Dane Hewett-Smith Joan Macmillan Miriam Evans Theodore Vereker
Daniel Kensey Joan Wicks Nancy May Piggott Theresa Martin
David Brooks Joan Wilcox Nathan Peterson Toni Clark
David Moore Jodie Spruce Nene Heazlewood Tony and Antonella Panozzo
David Naughton Joe Baynie Noel Wallace Cane Tony and Carolyn Allen
David Stanley John Beckford Nola McLean Tracy Aylward
Deborah Leitch John Demol Nyree Freeman Trevor Mole
Debra Connolly John Hilton Oliver Hind and Jennifer Hind Trevor Valentine Myers
Dejan Zmejkoski John Hoffmnn Pam Thorley Tyler Green
Denis Roe John Kerr Pamela Andreallo Valerie Haines
Dennis Barnes John Martin Pat Tang Valma Cronau
Dennis Russell John Warmbrunn Patrick Honeine Vanesa Trujillo
Diana Primrose Jorge Alvear Patrick Jongeling Vanessa Martinez
Diane Abood Joyleen Lehmann Patrick Mullan Veronica Boast
Doug and Joy Bartlett Judith Carne Paul Condoleon Vicky Duffield
Douglas Bennett Judith Searle Paul Jiffkins Victor Reynolds
Douglas Parker Judy Gauci Paul Morrell Viorel Bradea
Dr Bronwen Scott-Branagan Julie Hatem Paul Robson Von and Leah Llagas
Dr Lisa Chan and Eric Chan Julie Hotger Pauline Allen W. Prosser
Dr Patrick Aboagye-Sarfo Karen Abbott Pauline Chiodo William Hill
Dr Peter Joe-Andah Karen Gillies Pere Zmejkoski Wilson Chong
Dr William J Hanna Karen Johns Peter Handsworth Wynand van Niekerk
Dr Winfred Assibey-Bonsu Karen Maloney Peter Kien Duc and Elizabeth Phan Yan Jing Yee
E. G. Forsyth Karen McLeod Peter Rugendyke Yvonne Tan
Edgar D'Souza Karen Tate Phil Wales