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14 Dec 2016

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There is no need to amend s.18C.  The Rationalist Associatin of NSW does not believe that ss18C and 18D impose unreasonable restrictions upon freedom of speech. As it stands, the law in practice has been shown to be an effective means of working towards the prevention and occurrence of racist speech.

The Objectification of Women
10 Nov 2016

Meg Wallace

Women are objectified, stereotyped and fantasised, in an image very much created by men. They have little power over their lives, particularly in non-Western nations. The UN is concerned to increase the ‘empowerment' of women’ So what does it do? It appoints the cartoon character Wonder Woman as an Honorary UN Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women.The author writes that this latest project by the UN to increase the 'empowerment' of women  will do little to make this happen.

Pat-a-Cake: should bakers bake me a ‘gay’ cake?
05 Nov 2016

Ashers: the court said, “If businesses were free to choose what services to provide to the gay community on the basis of religious belief, the potential for arbitrary abuse would be substantial.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesNorthern Ireland Court holds that baker's refusal to provide cake with same-sex decoration is discrimination. Here are the reasons why the judgment is right.

Meg Wallace

Same-Sex Marriage was an early Christian Rite
06 Oct 2016

Meg Wallace

Early Christian rituals have been found for brotherhood unions between two men akin to 'marriage' ceremonies.

Senate Report on the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014
09 Mar 2016

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recently reported on the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014 (the Bill),which was prepared by Senator Richard Di Natale of the Australian Greens.

Sacred Hearts: From Archdeacon O’Donnell To Cardinal Pell
09 Mar 2016

  Cardinal Pell: is his heart in the right place?

  Max Wallace

Human rights obligations remain despite High Court ruling
17 Feb 2016

Girl crying - drawing by child in immigration detention“The High Court has confirmed that third country processing is lawful under our domestic legislation, but it did not judge whether it complies with international law,” said Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. See

Rights, Conscience Votes And Assisted Dying
14 Feb 2016

The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that the right to assisted dying is part of the basic human right to life, liberty and security of the person. The reasoning behind this ruling has implications for Australian law: Meg Wallace.

Australia and New Zealand are Soft Theocracies
14 Feb 2016

Australian and New Zealand democracy is compromised by religion's place in the government. They share a head of state who is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England in England. This article details how the influence of Christianity in government makes Australia and New Zealand soft theocracies, rather than  fully realised democraciers.

14 Feb 2016

Nations througout the world infringe the right for all individuals to have and exercise their religion or belief. We need to rethink this right and what it means if we are to realise its promise.

Meg Wallace: Why I wrote 'Freedom From Religion: Rethinking Article 18'
14 Feb 2016

Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (‘UDHR’) provides that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and the right to practice their religious or other beliefs. This latter right is subject to limitation by government in the interests of public health, security and morals, and protection of the rights of others.

House of Lords debates FGM and Sharia Law in the UK
30 Jul 2015

On Thursday 11 December, there were debates in the House of Lords on female genital mutilation (FGM) and the "impact of Sharia Law on the United Kingdom." in the UK House of Lords debates FGM and Sharia Law in the UK (from the National Secular Society Newsletter). These issues need similar exposure and debate in Australia : We can and need to talk about this.

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