In September last year the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) launched a review of freedom of religion and belief in Australia (hereafter FRB). This is a major project involving a process of written submissions, workshops, public hearings and stakeholder meetings, culminating in a report to be presented to the federal government some time in 2010. Rod Benson examines the background and rationale for the review, suggesting that it is driven by a desire to accommodate the needs of Muslim Australians, and a desire to reduce the influence of conservative Christians.
Historically market capitalism has delivered enormous material benefits to millions, but there are also unintended negative consequences of rapid economic growth such as inefficient distribution of wealth and power, consumerism, and climate degradation. We live in a fallen world, and legislation and regulation are important instruments to protect people and communities from the impact of wrong attitudes and actions