Civilisation on Trial: Prospects for Sustainable Prosperity and Global Equality

Civilisation on Trial: Prospects for Sustainable Prosperity and Global Equality

Ross Garnaut

 

abc.net.au | 15 January 2018

Will we have the policies that support the rapid introduction of the technology to achieve the rapid transformation of our economies to make economic growth consistent with stability in the climate? The technologies are there, and the policies are available and known to people who work on these things. But in many countries - worst of all, in Australia and the United States - established interests are resisting that change that could be economically as well as environmentally advantageous in the longer term.

The Problem and the Promise of Religious Liberty

The Problem and the Promise of Religious Liberty

Joel Harrison

abc.net.au/religion | 14 December 2017

Freedom in the Christian tradition is not merely the absence of restraint. Rather, we are truly free to the extent we are pursuing good ends. Our liberty is not therefore a matter of protecting a piece of territory or an inviolable space; it can never merely be a zone of autonomy. It exists to recognise and facilitate groups that cultivate solidarity, fraternity and charity. Groups, in other words, orientated towards the good.

Religious faith can help people to build better cities – here’s how

Religious faith can help people to build better cities – here’s how

Chris Ives and Andre Van Eymeren

theconversation.com | 11 December 2017

Today, cities are becoming a driving force in global politics. Yet major discussions about the future of cities largely neglect the role of faith and religion in the cities of the future, despite the fact that 84% of the global population adheres to a religious faith of some kind.

Legislation is no substitute for respect

Legislation is no substitute for respect

Andrew Hamilton

eurekastreet.com.au | 5 December 2017

: The relationship between the right of people in same sex marriages to freedom from discriminations and the right of people to religious freedom is not conflictual but complementary. The rights of both flow from the demands of human flourishing. Balancing these rights demands first of all mutual respect. Legislation may also be necessary to safeguard disputed rights and to mark the limits of their claims. But legislation is a blunt instrument and is no substitute for respect.

Labor is right to block ‘religious freedom’ amendments to protect same-sex marriage bill

Labor is right to block ‘religious freedom’ amendments to protect same-sex marriage bill

Anja Hilkemeijer and Amy Maguire

theconversation.com | 28 November 2017

Labor has announced it will not support any amendments to the Dean Smith same-sex marriage bill, including an amendment proposed by George Brandis. This move should be welcomed, as the Brandis amendments are a green light for discrimination.

 

Balancing Religious Freedom Rights is not “Discrimination”

Balancing Religious Freedom Rights is not “Discrimination”

Neil James Foster

lawandreligionaustralia.blog | 27 November 2017

The word "discrimination" is a notoriously slippery one, and I would like to challenge the view that recognising religion freedom in changing marriage laws amounts to unjustified discrimination. Australia already has a long tradition of balancing the right not to be discriminated against with rights of religious freedom.

The Great Australian Silencing: Contempt, Self-Deception and Betrayal in the Aftermath of Uluru

The Great Australian Silencing: Contempt, Self-Deception and Betrayal in the Aftermath of Uluru

Scott Stephens

abc.net.au/religion | 24 November 2017

In the aftermath of the government's rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Scott Stephens argues that Australia ‘has moved beyond the cultural accretions of ignorance and forgetfulness that could reasonably be termed “silence”. … For any such cultural silence was broken long ago by indigenous voices’. Instead, he argues, ‘we have now entered the great Australian silencing’.

Stephens then quotes from a range of voices that discuss the implications of this silencing.