Law Council of Australia


Religious Freedom Bills - Second Exposure Drafts

6 February 2020

The Law Council provided a submission to the Attorney-General’s Department on the second exposure drafts of the Religious Freedom Bills (ie Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 (the Bill); Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019; Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019).

This follows the Law Council’s earlier submission to the Attorney-General’s Department of 3 October 2019, regarding the first exposure drafts.

The Law Council recognises that there are opportunities to consolidate and strengthen federal protections against discrimination on the basis of religion. However, it holds significant concerns about the Bill due to its unorthodox features. A key focus of the Law Council’s submission was highlighting its concerns with the following provisions of the Bill.



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