Presented by Damien Carrick for the Law Report, ABC Radio National
Image: From left to right Damien Carrick, Associate Professor Luke Beck, Ron Merkel QC, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, Fiona Patten MP, Morgan Begg IPA (James Pattison, Monash University supplied)
In Australia the issue of religious freedom has become a recurring theme in our national conversation.
It began during the debate around marriage equality and focused on whether business-people with a religious objection to same-sex marriage would be compelled to bake cakes or provide flowers for gay weddings.
Last December, the Turnbull Government commissioned a review into religious freedom.
A panel of experts debates whether our laws are strong enough to ensure that Australians aren’t subjected to unfair treatment based on what other people believe. A joint event presented by Monash University Law School and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law at Monash University.
You can listen to the full discussion here:
Gillian Triggs, Former President of the Human Rights Commission (2012-17)
Fiona Patten, Reason Australia Leader, Member of the Legislative Council in Victoria, Northern Metropolitan Region
Ron Merkel, QC, barrister and former Federal Court judge
Morgan Begg, Research Fellow Institute of Public Affairs
Luke Beck, Associate Professor Faculty of Law, Monash University