Howard M. Friedman (LexBlog Australia)
Australia Proposes New Antidiscrimination Requirements For Religious Educational Institutions
On January 27, the Australian Law Reform Commission released a 54-page Consultation Paper on Religious Educational Institutions and Anti-Discrimination Laws (full text). The Commission summarized the Paper in a press release: The Australian Law Reform Commission seeks stakeholder submissions on proposals to change the way Commonwealth anti-discrimination law applies to religious schools and other
Rejection of Foster Parent Applicants Over Their Views on Homosexuality Violates Australian Equal Opportunity Law
In Hordyk v. Wanslea Family Services, Inc., (WA SAT, Dec. 23, 2022), the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia held that a non-profit family services agency that contracts with the state to arrange foster care for children placed in custody of the state violated Section 62 of the Western Australia Equal Opportunity Act 1984 when...
Commission Recommends Changes In Australian State’s Anti-Discrimination Laws
On Aug. 16, the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia sent to Parliament its 297-page Final Report on its Review of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) (full text). The Report makes 163 recommendations for changes in Western Australia’s anti-discrimination laws. In connection with the Act’s ban on discrimination based on religious conviction, the Report’s...
For First Time, Orthodox Rabbi Appointed To An Australian State Supreme Court
ABC News and Hamodia report that for the first time, an Orthodox rabbi has been appointed to a Supreme Court of a state in Australia. Rabbi Marcus Solomon takes office today as the newest justice of the Supreme Court of the state of Western Australia. Rabbi Solomon, who has particular expertise in complex commercial matters, received his...
Australia’s Top Court Reverses Sex Abuse Convictions of Cardinal George Pell
In Pell v. The Queen, (High Ct. Australia, April 7, 2020), Australia’s highest court reversed the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell, finding: there is “a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof.” The court ordered that judgments of acquittal...
Cardinal Pell’s Conviction Upheld
In Australia, the Victoria Court of Appeal has affirmed the conviction of Cardinal George Pell for sexual offenses. The court has published a summary of the judgment in Pell v. The Queen, (Victoria Ct. App., Aug. 21, 2019) indicating that the court , by a 2-1 vote, dismissed the appeal. (Case page.) The court’s summary says...
Church That Is Potential Trust Beneficiary Lacks Standing To Seek Independent Trustee
In In re Trust of Mary Baker Eddy, (NH Sup. Ct., June 14, 2019), held that a Christian Science church in Australia that is a potential beneficiary of a trust created under the will of Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy lacks standing to seek the appointment of an independent trustee. The New Hampshire Supreme Court...
Recent Articles of Interest
From SSRN: John Vlahoplus, Foreign-Born Children of Disloyal Parents: Adam Muthana, Mary Arcedeckne and the Natural Born, (St. John’s Law Review, Forthcoming). Eliza Bateman, ‘His Garden a Wilderness’ – The Balance between Equality and Freedom of Religion in Australia and Canada, (March 18, 2019). Scott D. Gerber, Law and Liberty of Conscience in Colonial Pennsylvania,...
Cardinal Pell Sentenced By Australian Court To 6 Years In Prison On Sex Abuse Charges
As previously reported, last December a court in Australia convicted Catholic Cardinal George Pell on five counts of child sexual offenses dating back decades. As reported by CNN, yesterday the 77-year old Cardinal who was a top Vatican advisor was sentenced by the court to six years in prison.
Reporting On Cardinal Pell Conviction Is Examined
Get Religion published a piece today examining media coverage of the child sex abuse charges against Australia’s Cardinal George Pell, as well as the outcome of his trial. Reporter Julia Duin begins her report as follows: I hadn’t been following the child abuse charges against Australian Cardinal Pell all that much because I assumed, based...