Submission to the Parliament of New South Wales Joint Select Committee on the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020

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Abstract

A new parliamentary committee has been appointed to conduct an inquiry into the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (the Bill). The Bill, introduced by the Hon. Mark Latham MLC, was referred to the new Joint Select Committee by the Parliament on 18 June 2020.

The Joint Select Committee, chaired by the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, will examine the Bill in detail. The inquiry will take submissions from the public and report back to the Parliament by 31 March 2021.

More information, including the inquiry's terms of reference and how to have your say as part of the inquiry, is on the Committee's webpage.

The closing date for submissions to the inquiry was 21 August 2020.

Terms of Reference
A Joint Select Committee, to be known as the Joint Select Committee on the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020, be appointed.
That the Committee inquire and report into the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020, including whether the objectives of the bill are valid and (if so) whether the terms of the bill are appropriate for securing its objectives.
That the Committee, in undertaking (2), have to regard to:
(a) Existing rights and legal protections contained in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) and other relevant NSW and Commonwealth legislation;

(b) The recommendations relevant to NSW from the Expert Panel Report: Religious Freedom Review (2018);

(c) The interaction between Commonwealth and NSW anti-discrimination laws and the desirability of consistency between those laws, including consideration of

(i) The draft Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 (Cth) which has been released for public consultation, and

(ii) The Australian Law Reform Commission’s reference into the Framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-discrimination Legislation.
Original languageEnglish
TypeSubmission to the Parliament of New South Wales Join Select Committee on Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2020

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