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Freedom of religion is properly understood to mean the freedom for an individual to have, or not have, a religious belief, to join a religion and take part in its rites and rituals, or change religion, or leave a religion, and not to be discriminated against because of their having or not having a religion; and also the right of religions - taken to mean (more or less) organized groups of persons adhering to a common belief system—to coexist in society on a basis of equality with each other and with individuals or groups of no religion.
Freedom of religion in Australia, properly understood, is not in need of further protection beyond what might be afforded by the enactment of a Commonwealth Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities implementing the obligations Australia has accepted by ratifying international human rights treaties including the ICCPR, ICESCR and CRC.
The many privileges that religions in Australia enjoy are incompatible with the principle of equality that underlies the freedom of religion and belief, and indeed adversely affect the human rights and freedoms of others, and being unjustifiable they should be revoked. In particular, the actions required include:
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