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When do Australian priests have to report child abuse?

When do Australian priests have to report child abuse?

The question of which states do and do not require ministers to report child abuse is a complicated one — and it goes all the way to the Vatican.

Keeping up with the Folaus

Keeping up with the Folaus

The Folau family are causing further headaches for the right and the religious freedom debate — with the latest installment involving Israel's cousin Josiah calling the Catholic church a 'synagogue of Satan'.

Scott Morrison's Hillsong sermon was a deeply political moment

Scott Morrison's Hillsong sermon was a deeply political moment

The Prime Minister insists he has no 'political agenda' when he speaks about his faith. But his recent appearance at church that's been accused of institutional homophobia is cause for concern.

Who is Amanda Stoker, rising star of the religious right?

Who is Amanda Stoker, rising star of the religious right?

Stoker is fast making a name for herself in the Senate. But where did this outspoken Christian come from? And what beliefs inform her policymaking?

The right is destined to lose the fight on Folau

The right is destined to lose the fight on Folau

In the wake of Israel Folau's sacking, sections of the conservative right are pushing for greater religious freedoms. But in doing so they risk blowing up the rights they already have.

What's the point of a religious discrimination act? 

What's the point of a religious discrimination act? 

While our current religious discrimination laws vary from state to state, and are at times contradictory, would having a consistent religious discrimination act be a good thing?

The religious freedom debate isn't a debate at all

The religious freedom debate isn't a debate at all

The religious right are in full cry, but where are the opposing voices? The age-old taboo of not questioning religion has been reasserted.

Christian political parties now face a major choice

Christian political parties now face a major choice

In this changed political climate, the Christian Democratic Party can only hope to succeed by greatly expanding its appeal to non-Christians.

Does Labor have a problem with religious voters?

Does Labor have a problem with religious voters?

Senior Labor figures are worried they're losing religious voters. While conclusive evidence is scarce, it's definitely a space to watch.

Father Rod Bower feels the call for politics

Father Rod Bower feels the call for politics

Bower made Gosford Anglican Church famous for its provocative and insistent messages on refugees, LGBT rights and more. Can that radical voice now disrupt the political establishment?