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Photo taken at Humanist Society of Victoria Monthly Public Lecture on 28 March 2019 at Kew Seniors Centre - Fiona Patten (leader of Reason Party) on 'Secularism, Humanism and Political Engagement'The Humanist Society of Victoria hosts a series of monthly public lectures by guest speakers raising questions of public interest and importance. We welcome everyone interested in fostering a more rational and caring society. You will find a link to a summary of each lecture as they become available.

Entry is by gold-coin donation at the door. For enquiries, contact Stephen Stuart on (03) 9857 8318 or at secretary@vichumanist.org.au

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm start

Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation: Impacts and Implementation

Thursday 23 May 2019, 6:30 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Photo of Mark Newstead

Mark Newstead

Following the passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act in Victoria last year, much work now needs to be done. Mark will provide an update on the ramp up to full implementation in July and what the legislation means for Victorians.

Bio: Mark is Treasurer and Board member of Dying With Dignity Victoria. He has extensive experience in media and market research and in organizing conferences. Mark was a key organizer of the 2010 World Federation of Right to Die Societies biennial global conference.

Freedom of and from Religion in Australia:
Recent Developments and Future Directions

Thursday 27 June 2019, 6:30 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Photo of Luke Beck (Associate Professor, Law Resources, Monash University)

Associate Professor Luke Beck

In this talk, Luke Beck will examine contemporary debates concerning freedom of and from religion in Australia. What does freedom of religion mean in Australia? What are the consequences of the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review? Will other jurisdictions follow the ACT’s lead and abolish school chaplains? Is religious discrimination a problem in Australia? Does Australia need a Religious Freedom Commissioner? Do religious lobby groups have much impact on government policies? These questions and more will be discussed at this important event.

Bio: Luke Beck is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Monash University and a leading expert on religious freedom and constitutional separation of religion and state issues in Australia. He is the author of Religious Freedom and the Australian Constitution: Origins and Future (Routledge, 2018).

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