Faith is accommodated In Australia, but there is piecemeal protection for religious freedom.
Religious freedom in Australia can be a source of division with examples of respect for and of government interference with that freedom.
About 30% of all Australian schools are affiliated with a religion, and 94% of private schools.
Religion in schools has always been contentious and especially so in Australia, where there is a commitment to secular principles.
Formally organised forms of religion are only one part of the picture of Australian society.
The relationship of Australians to religion is changing, as people find other ways to connect with their personal beliefs.
It is inconsistent with Australia’s religious diversity for federal parliament to have official prayers based on one particular religious denomination.
Australia’s federal MPs are apparently servants of the Christian God, working for His glory.
Christianity’s effect on Australian politics is far from waning.
In a nation labelled secular, many of our elected representatives have strong religious ties, and this affects they way they the country is run.
The National School Chaplaincy Program, introduced in 2007, is available in more than 3,000 Australian schools.
Religious education offered in Australian state schools has variations in the quality of delivery and limited provisions for the students who opt out.