Interim Report

November 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN: 978-1-74366-740-8

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Chair's Foreword

Membership of the Committee

  Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Membership of the Human Rights Sub-Committee

  Secretariat

Terms of Reference

Abbreviations

1. Background

  Scope of Interim Report
  Previous work of the Committee
  Structure of Interim Report

2. International Human Rights Law

  Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  Other relevant human rights instruments
  UN Human Rights Committee
  Sub-Committee comment

3. Definition and Scope of the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief

  Definition of Religion
  Phrasing
  “Hold” and “manifest”
  “Individually or in community with others”
  The rights of parents
  Legitimate limitations on the freedom of religion or belief
  Sub-Committee Comment

4. Federal Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief

  Australian Constitution
  Federal Legislation
  Common law protections
  Parliamentary scrutiny
  Australian Human Rights Commission
  Sub-Committee Comment

5. State and Territory Protections

  Tasmanian Constitution Act
  Charter of Rights/Human Rights Act
  State and territory legislation
  Common law decisions
  State human rights commissions
  Sub-Committee Comment

6. Implementing the ICCPR in Domestic Law

  Implementing religious freedom into Australian law
  Bill of Rights, Charter of Rights, or Human Rights Act
  Religious Freedom Act
  Protecting religious freedom in anti-discrimination law
  Sub-Committee Comment

7. Balancing the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief and Other Rights

  Freedom of Religion or Belief and the right to non-discrimination
  Freedom of Religion or Belief and access to abortion
  Sub-Committee Comment

A. Bibliography

  Articles/Books
  Reports
  Cases
  Legislation
  International Law
  Other

B. Submissions

C. Public hearings

  Tuesday, 6 June 2017
  Wednesday, 7 June 2017
  Friday, 27 October 2017

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
jscfadt@aph.gov.au

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