Human rights lawyers highlight flaws in NSW Government’s approach to Religious Vilification

Australian Lawyers for Human RightsAustralian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has highlighted serious flaws in the New South Wales Government’s Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Vilification) Bill 2023 (the Bill). The Bill seeks to include religious vilification as an offence under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Under the Bill, it would become unlawful to publicly invite hatred towards or severely ridicule a person or group because of their religious belief, affiliation or activity.

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NSW: Indigenous Elder to speak on the VOICE

Aunty Norma IngramMs. Norma Ingram, Wiradjuri woman from Corowa, NSW will join the June meeting of the NSW Branch of Religions for Peace Australia and give one talk on the topic of the Voice to Parliament. Norma Ingram is the first Aboriginal person to graduate from Harvard University attaining a Master’s Degree in Education. The meet will take place at teh Vedanta Hall, Liverpool Road, Croydon, from 10:00 am on Monday June 26.

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NSW: Buddhist Studies Seminar

The 2023 Master Sheng Yen Lecture in Chinese Buddhism will be given by Professor James Benn (McMaster University) on Tuesday 30 May, 6:00-7:30pm at New Law School Lecture Theatre (LT024), New Law Annexe F10A, University of Sydney. The lecture is presented by the University of Sydney School of Languages and Cultures.

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Plans unveiled for Syriac Catholic church in Sydney’s south west

proposed Syriac Church site

Sydney’s Syriac Catholics are set to build a home for its fast-growing community after receiving development approval for a church and pastoral centre in Sydney’s south-west.

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NSW: Thousands attend consecration ceremony at Hindu temple near Sydney

renovation work at Helensburgh's Sri Venkateswara temple

Thousands of Hindus have travelled from across Australia and Asia to attend a traditional ceremony in NSW.

The celebrations were held to mark renovation work at Helensburgh’s Sri Venkateswara temple.

Improvements to the temple are made once every 12 to 20 years, and are completed by specialist workers from India.

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Driftwood the Musical

Driftwood the Musical Umbrella Foundation is delighted to present Driftwood The Musical , which tells the inspirational story of the renowned Austrian/Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist-inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig. We follow their lives in pre-war Vienna, the family’s narrow escape from Nazi Austria, Slawa’s ingenious invention of the foldable umbrella, and the incredible chain of events that took place after miraculously escaping the Holocaust and rebuilding their careers as artists in Melbourne.

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Police called to remove a multi-faith group praying in Sydney National Australia Bank lobby

Police called to remove a multi-faith group praying in Sydney NAB HQ lobby

Police were called to remove a group of people peacefully praying in the lobby of the National Australia Bank’s headquarters in Sydney on Wednesday morning.

People from Muslim, Christian and Buddhist faiths prayed and meditated for an hour calling on the bank stop funding fossil fuel projects, starting by ruling out any further funding of Whitehaven Coal’s climate-wrecking coal expansion plans.

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NSW: Zero tolerance regarding safety and security at religious institutions

Zero tolerance regarding safety and security at religious institutionsA re-elected NSW Liberal and Nationals Government will invest $10 million over four years to boost safety and security for faith communities.

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NSW: Buddhist Studies March Seminar

The Australasian Association for Buddhist Studies notifies that its next seminar will be a hybrid event, both Face-to-Face and Zoom on Thursday 9 March at 6:30pm (CAEST). The topic will be Buddhist theory of conditional genesis and social healing approach towards post conflict reconciliation.

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NSW: Climate Change Conversation – Climate Migration

How Will Climate Migration Reshape Our World

How Will Climate Migration Reshape Our World? Find out in a Climate Change Conversations at the University of NSW on Thursday 9 March, 6:30 pm at the Kensington Campus UNSW Roundhouse.

The UNSW Centre for Ideas, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and Adelaide Writers’ Week invite you to join in a conversation about climate change, its impacts on human displacement and solutions.

The UN Secretary-General has warned that the climate crisis is on track to prompt ‘a mass exodus of entire populations on a biblical scale’.

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Sharing Activity Responding to Domestic Violence

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On 25 November 2022 – in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – Religions for Peace Australia invited faith communities to share strategies taken up for the prevention of violence against women. On this page, we share the work of Deacon Oliver Slewa, Program Manager, Domestic Violence, New South Wales Ecumenical Council.

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