Submissions 2020 to current

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The Humanist Society of Victoria (HSV) regularly makes submissions to various responsible bodies, including Senate Committees, Royal Commissions and Government policy reviews. HSV also communicates humanist concerns to politicians of all political persuasions. The content of these communications is formulated by the members at specially convened discussion meetings. This advocacy forms an important part of the work of HSV in disseminating and promoting the humanist view in ethics and religion. Through these representations, HSV is making valuable contributions to civil society.

In the list of submissions below, the titles of a series of submissions on a single issue are appended (1), (2), (3), etc. Access a short note on a submission by clicking on the note number in [square] brackets.
* External initiative endorsed by HV among others.
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202328 AugQuestion on religion *Australian Bureau of StatisticsFED
1 JulAustralia’s Human Rights FrameworkAustralian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human RightsFED
23 JunSecular governmentNational Executive, Australian Labor PartyFED
11 MayReview of philanthropyProductivity CommissionFED
15 FebInclusion of emissions reduction in National Energy Objectives *Energy Ministers (
20 JanImplementation of OPCAT obligations *Victorian Attorney General (J Symes)VIC
202218 NovReview of religious classificationsAustralian Bureau of StatisticsFED
11 NovRefugee & asylum seeker policyMinister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs (A Giles) & Minister for Home Affairs (C O’Neil)FED
7 OctVictoria needs a police ombudsman *Victorian Premier (D Andrews)VIC
29 AugYouth detention *UN Subcommittee on Prevention of TortureUN
13 MayStatus of Human Rights Commission (II)Federal Opposition Leader (A Albanese)FED
13 MayStatus of Human Rights Commission (I)Prime Minister (S Morrison)FED
1 MayR v Collaery caseCommonwealth Director of Public ProsecutionsFED
27 JanEnding Indefinite and Arbitrary Immigration Detention Bill 2021Joint Standing Committee on MigrationFED
6 JanReligious Discrimination Bill 2021 and related BillsSenate Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional AffairsFED
202119 DecReligious Discrimination Bill 2021Joint Committee on Human RightsFED
15 OctDefence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2020Senate Foreign Affairs & Trade CommitteeFED
16 JunProposal to amend Council’s governance rules (Council prayer)Community Consultation Committee, Boroondara CityLG
30 MarIndigenous voice co-designFederal Senior Advisory Group (M. Langton, T. Calma)FED
202014 AugPlea for Mubarak Bala (2)Nigerian Federal Attorney General (A. Malami)Nigeria
18 JulEcosystem declineLegislative Council Environment & Planning CommitteeVIC
17 JunSupervised safe injecting facilityPremier (D. Andrews)VIC
9 JunMigration Amendment Bill 2020Senate Legal & Constitutional Affairs Legislation CommitteeFED
11 MayPlea for Mubarak Bala (1)Minister for Foreign Affairs (M. Payne)FED
28 AprReview of Environment Protection Biodiversity & Conservation Act 1999Department of EnvironmentFED
12 FebOut of Home Care Age BillMinister for Children (G. Williams) and Premier (D. Andrews)VIC
25 JanReligious Discrimination Bill 2.0Attorney General (C. Porter)FED