Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Religious freedom significantly strengthened in Australia Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

The position of Australian churches, faith-based schools and charities to select staff based on their beliefs has been strengthened by a raft of changes to Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’s religious freedom bill. The changes came after faith-based organisations, business leaders and LGBTTIQ+ groups were highly critical of the initial draft. A second draft, Morrison is Read more

Religious Discrimination bill under threat from religious leaders Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Australia’s religious discrimination bill took a temporary step backwards late last week as religious leaders threatened to withdraw their support for the proposed bill. Attorney General, Christian Porter intended to introduce the bill to the Federal Parliament before Christmas. But the powerful religious groups say the bill, in its current form, will actually diminish the Read more

Australians fueling paedophile video surge Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Australian paedophiles are fuelling market demand for extreme content according to senior police officers. The Australian reports the explosion of child exploitation footage is so great the police can no longer arrest their way out of the problem. The problem is made more difficult by digital encryption services and the authorities needing help to police Read more

Australians ask NZ Bishops for help settling asylum seekers Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Last month I joined with Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) to speak at a series of public forums around the country to discuss the future for asylum seekers who remain in limbo in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. So far I have spoken in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Launceston, Adelaide, Perth and Benalla in Read more

Religions demonised by new laws Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Many religions, including Christianity, are being targeted and demonised through new laws regarding issues like euthanasia, abortion and attempts to force priests to break the seal of the confessional. New South Wales Liberal MP Julian Lesser spoke out at a St Thomas More Society meeting saying, while preparing for the upcoming religious discrimination debate in Read more

New discrimination laws support religious beliefs Comments 0

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Australia’s Christian leaders hope new religious discrimination laws will ensure church-run aged care homes do not have to support people when they access euthanasia services. They also hope the new laws will protect churches’ ability to selectively hire school staff who share their religious ethos. They have been urging the government to frame religious protections Read more

Religious exemptions targeted in anti-discrimination rally Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

A Brisbane rally to oppose anti-discrimination exemptions for religious groups will be held this weekend. The proposed legal changes could see organisations owned by religious groups, such as schools, hospitals and aged care facilities, be given the right under federal law to legally expel students and fire staff on the grounds of sexual orientation, trans Read more

Australia’s Christians need to ‘suck it up and calm down’ over religious freedom Comments 0

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Australian Christians are not suffering from religious persecution says Baptist minister, leading Australian religious figure and social justice advocate Tim Costello. He is asking fellow Christians to “calm down” about their alleged persecution. His comments come amid a brewing political storm over how the government should act to protect against religious discrimination. Costello, a senior Read more

Transgender law reform allows official gender to be changed without surgery Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Australia’s Victorian Government has reintroduced a bill to Parliament which would make it easier for people to change the gender recorded on their birth certificate to male, female or any other gender descriptor of their choice. The reform is aimed at improving existing laws, where Victorians can only change their birth certificate after they have Read more

Australian church wants more collegial governance, more laypeople Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019

The Catholic Church in Australia is looking for more collegial models of governance in Catholic schools, hospitals and charities. It is presently reviewing the clerical and hierarchical models that have failed dioceses and parishes during the ongoing child sex abuse crisis. Collegial models would see the significant participation of laypeople says Jack de Groot, who Read more