Secularism is the principle of the separation of government institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious institutions and religious dignitaries.
Secularism protects against the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious beliefs or affiliations or lack thereof. The tendency of societies or groups within society to alienate or repress different subcultures is a recurrent theme in human history.
Religious Freedom Roundtable – 2015 / 2016
Friday 27 November 2015
At the commencement of his term, the Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson conducted a national consultation on rights and responsibilities. A central theme to the consultation was the importance of religious freedom. The outcomes from this consultation are outlined in the Rights and Responsibilities Consultation Report 2015, which is available at https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/rights-and-freedoms/publications/rights-responsibilities-consultation-report.
After Tim Wilson’s resignation Friday, 12 February 2016, the following roundtables were cancelled.
- Thursday 18 February 2016: meeting of non-faith organisations hosted at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in Melbourne.
- Friday 19 February 2016: meeting of LGBTI organisations hosted at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in Melbourne.
Progressive Atheists Inc. submission to the Religious Freedom Roundtable
18 February 2016 – ReligiousFreedomRoundtableSubmission
Victorian Government Multicultural Policy Consultation
4 February 2016
The Hon Robin Scott MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, invited views on a new multicultural policy statement being developed by the Victorian Government. The Victorian Multicultural Commission sent out invitations to join a public consultation on Wednesday 3 February 2016.
Progressive Atheists Inc. attended the consultation and later responded to an invitation from the Hon Robin Scott MP for submissions.
Progressive Atheists Inc. submission: