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Religious Freedom: What's the Buzz? Tell me What's A-Happenin'

Presented by Professor Rick Sarre, University of South Australia

Date: 25 September 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Venue: Toowoomba - Q420, Springfield - A630 or via Zoom
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This talk will outline the history of religious freedom in Australia, cover discussion of the anti-discrimination legislation that has, according to some, constrained religious freedom over the past forty years. It will examine the report of the Ruddock review into religious freedom released late in 2018, and includes a short commentary on the Israel Folau imbroglio that began with an Instagram social media post from the football star in April 2019. The paper concludes with some observations about the wisdom of legislating for religious freedom in light of the draft bill released by the Federal Attorney-General late in August 2019.

Professor Rick Sarre is Dean of Law at the School of Law, University of South Australia. He has degrees in law and criminology from universities in Adelaide, Toronto (Canada), Canberra, and Umeå (Sweden). He is the immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and a Fellow of the Society. He is a lay minister in a Christian denomination known as the Community of Christ, and studied theology in the USA in the 1970s at Graceland University.