My Submission to the Ruddock Panel on Religious Freedom

Over at the Australian Prime Minister’s Office, you can read my submission to the Philip Ruddock Panel on Religious Freedom in Australia. (Submission # 73).

Here’s the abstract:

The purpose of this submission is to argue that Australia needs to update its religious freedom protections and to also provide a declarative statement on religious freedom which will hopefully guide legislation on the subject in future debates. It is also asserted that religious freedom needs to be embedded within a proper understanding of secularism. In addition, it is argued that religious freedom will be more properly safe-guarded if governments embrace a philosophy of confident pluralism and eschew civic totalism.