拉多克（Philip Ruddock）和他所领导的委员会提出的这份长达140页的报告中有非常多的细节， 我们这期邮件更新无法逐条分享。 但是，迄今为止我们对政府就该报告的回应持谨慎乐观的态度，政府表示将“原则上”采纳该报告提出的20项建议中的15项。
The long-awaited Ruddock review into religious freedom has finally been released, along with the Government's response.
There are a lot of details in the 140-page report from Philip Ruddock and his committee – far too many to fully share in this update. However, we are cautiously optimistic about the Government's response to the report so far, where it has indicated that it will adopt 15 of the 20 recommendations “in principle”.
总理斯科特·莫里森说：“澳大利亚人有着多元化的信仰和宗教背景，他们都应该得到尊重。 这是多元文化主义的基本要素，同样道理，任何澳大利亚人都不应该因为种族或性取向而受到歧视。 保障澳大利亚人人拥有自由的核心就是保护信仰的自由。“
From an ACF point-of-view, the key take-home point is the Government’s intention to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act in order to bring religious freedom in line with existing protections for other attributes such as sex, race and age.
We welcome this as a first step towards legal protections for religious freedom – protections that are sorely lacking here in Australia. The government has also indicated that it will take this policy to the election.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, “Australians have a diversity of faith and religious backgrounds and these should all be respected. This is an essential part of multiculturalism, in the same way no Australian should be discriminated against for their ethnicity or sexuality. Protecting freedom of belief is central to the liberty of each and every Australian.”
并且，工党的黄英贤（Penny Wong）和比尔·肖恩（Bill Shorten）企图在议会本年度最后一周的会议上匆忙通过一项可能威胁整个宗教教育系统的法案，这是一种完全无视宗教自由的做法。
工党的举动引起了重要宗教领袖的紧急反应，他们写了一封公开信，警告政治家们，如果这项法案通过，将会对所有宗教教育机构包括神学院和教会所进行的教育产生溢出效应， - 牧师和教师都有可能会因为教授基督教的婚姻和性取向的观点而被告上法庭。
Such a statement should, in principle, be supported by both major political parties, and the Labor party publicly maintains that it fully supports religious freedom.
However, many comments from senior Labor figures in the past few weeks have been completely the opposite. In fact, Bill Shorten recently said: “I could not say to you that religion is in the top 100 issues that get raised with me."
And in what could only be called a complete disregard of religious freedom, Labor's Penny Wong and Bill Shorten attempted to rush through a bill in the last week of parliament that could threaten the entire religious schools sector.
Their move prompted an urgent response from prominent religious leaders, who wrote an open letter warning politicians that this bill may well have spill over effects onto ALL education that is carried out religious institutions, including theological colleges and churches – with pastors and teachers potentially dragged to court for teaching a Christian viewpoint on marriage and sexuality.
The Government has now decided to refer this issue to the Australian Law Reform Commission to review.
Whether Labor’s sinister bill will continue to make an appearance remains unseen, as there are still two parliamentary sitting weeks in February before the next federal election is called.
What we can do between now and next year's election is to impress upon our pastors, churches, schools, parents, and indeed every Australian, the importance of passing laws to protect religious freedom from the chilling effects of laws such as those being introduced by Labor.
If more people understand why action needs to be taken, and why a religious Discrimination Act and other legislation to protect religious freedom is essential, then politicians on both sides of politics will heed our concerns.
Have a good Christmas, and we will keep you updated about the development of this issue, and how we can best support religious freedom, when parliament prepares to resume next year.
Thank you for your support during 2018!