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Statement by Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow on the draft Religious Discrimination Bill

Rights Rights and Freedoms
Commissioner Edward Santow

“For more than 20 years, the Australian Human Rights Commission has called for reform to prohibit all forms of discrimination on the basis of religious and other beliefs.

“Any reform in this area must protect the human rights of all people in Australia, regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation or any other status.

“We will be studying the content of the draft Bill closely over the coming days.”


The Commission has published guidance on the existing laws dealing with discrimination on the basis of religion. This guidance is available here: