Freedom of Religion and the Australian Constitution (Guest: Guy Baldwin)

Episode 18,   Oct 31, 2023, 08:00 PM

Section 116 of the Australian Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion.  Yet, the High Court has always given the provision a very narrow interpretation.  Recently, some scholars have suggested a new test, "structured proportionality", should be applied in the context of freedom of religion.  In this episode, Guy Baldwin, a Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester, discusses proportionality and its alternatives.

Learn more about Guy's work on his University of Manchester staff page.

Read Guy's recent article on proportionality and freedom of religion in the Australian Journal of Law and Religion.

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