Conference Program



 8:30 - 9:00


 9:00 - 9:10

Welcome: Prof Richard Dunford, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle; Michael Kellehan, Executive Director, Freedom for Faith

 9:10 - 9:50

Tim Wilson, the Australian Human Rights Commissioner
– Keynote Address : "Religious freedom in a pluralist Australia" 

9:50 - 10:30

The Right Rev Dr Peter Jensen, General Secretary of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans: "The Truth Shall Set You Free: the Bible's account of freedom" 

10:30 - 11:00

Morning tea

11:00 - 11:40

Dr Renae Barker, University of Western Australia School of Law, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Muslim States and Societies: "Religious Freedom and Muslims in Australia- the Current Debates" 

11:40 - 12:20

Dr Paul Taylor, International Law Advisor, Barrister (England and Wales): "Effective Implementation of International Standards of Religious Freedom- Lessons from Religious Choice" 

12:20 – 12:50


12:50 - 1:50


1:50 - 2:30

Dr Greg Walsh, University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney: "The Regulation of Religious Schools under Anti-Discrimination Legislation" 

2:30 - 3:10

Associate Professor Neil Foster, Newcastle Law School: "How should religious marriage celebrants respond if same sex marriage is introduced in Australia?" 

3:10 – 3:40

Afternoon tea

3:40 – 4:20

Professor Rex Ahdar, Faculty of Law, University of Otago: "What Lies Beneath"

4:20 – 5:00

Concluding Panel Discussion and Further Questions