Freedom of religion in New South Wales - Proposals for reform of the Anti Discrimination Act - 14 December 2000
On 6 November 2000 I wrote to you about the Law Reform Commission's proposals for reform of the Anti Discrimination Act.
My memorandum referred to resolution 21/00 of the Synod which expressed concern about the impact of the proposals on freedom of religion in New South Wales. Parish councils were encouraged to familiarise themselves with the proposals and, if they shared the Synod's concern, consider writing to their local member of Parliament.
I am thankful that many parish councils and parishioners have written to their local member of Parliament.
The Archbishop wrote to the Premier about the matter and has now received a response, a copy of which I attach with the Archbishop's permission.
In his response the Premier advises that the Government does not intend to implement the Commission's recommendations in relation to religion.
It therefore appears that the Government has accepted the validity of the legitimate concerns expressed by the Synod, other religious bodies and members of the public.
At this stage, I suggest that parish councils do not write to their local member of Parliament to express their concerns if they have not done so already.
I will continue to monitor progress and keep you informed.
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