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About this inquiry

This inquiry lapsed when the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade ceased to exist at the dissolution of the House of Representatives on Thursday 11 April 2019. 

Past Public Hearings

22 Jun 2018: Canberra
05 Jun 2018: Hobart, TAS
02 May 2018: Sydney, NSW


Inquiry Status

Inquiry lapsed


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Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief

On Tuesday, 29 November 2016 the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on The status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief

The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Monday, 7 August 2017. On line submissions can be made on this page. For information on how to make a submission, go to our Making a submission to a Committee Inquiry page or contact the Secretariat on +61 2 6277 2313 or


Details of individual cases

While the Committee is concerned for the welfare of individuals who have, or may, face discrimination or persecution on the basis of their exercise of the right to freedom of religion or belief, the Committee is not in a position to investigate individual cases or necessarily to make representations on behalf of such individuals. 


Contributions from outside Australia

The Committee welcomes submissions to the inquiry from organisations and individuals outside Australia. However, such submitters should be aware that the protections of parliamentary privilege do not extend beyond Australia’s jurisdiction. The Committee is unable to protect submitters located outside Australia against possible harm. If you have any concerns that providing evidence might place you at risk of harm, you may request that your contribution be taken as a confidential submission. If you have any questions regarding parliamentary privilege or making a submission to the Committee, please contact the Secretariat on +61 2 6277 2313 or


Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313
Fax: +61 2 6277 2221