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Voters in Johannesburg queue to vote in South Africa’s May 2019 national elections. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

A referendum on electoral reform in South Africa might stir up trouble

Referenda may well have a place in the country’s democracy, but if the form of an electoral system can be referred to a referendum, why not capital punishment, abortion or LGBT rights?
An evangelical outreach in Uganda led by the prominent and wealthy pastor Robert Kayanja. WALTER ASTRADA/AFP via Getty Images

Trump is out, but US evangelicalism remains alive and well in Africa

African evangelism is born from – and often funded by – American evangelism, and with it comes a damaging cocktail of rightwing ideologies, especially during the Donald Trump years.
The marriage equality debate raised questions of religious freedom that have yet to be resolved. Danny Casey (AAP)/Shutterstock

The Coalition’s record on social policy: big on promises, short on follow-through

The government is spruiking its commitment to religious freedom and freedom of speech, as well as its successes on tackling inequality. Its record, however, leaves much to be desired.
Hate crimes against LGBTIQ people are continuing, and many are reluctant to report them. But recommendations from a new inquiry could help. T Chick McClure/Unsplash

Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crime could improve how police and communities respond

A parliamentary inquiry looking at hate crimes against LGBTIQ people could acknowledge injustices in how past cases were handled, and take steps to ensure better reporting mechanisms.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he will amend laws that allow schools to expel gay students. Joel Carrett/AAP

There’s no argument or support for allowing schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ teachers

Public opinion polls and a survey of Australian youth show there’s little support for allowing schools to hire or fire teachers based on their sexual orientation.
Social Services Minister Dan Tehan has called for a Religious Discrimination Act, but there are many reasons to be wary of such a move. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why Australia does not need a Religious Discrimination Act

As Australian society changes, some religious groups are struggling to adjust to their new, less influential place in it.

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