Religious Freedom Review - submissions

The Panel has received well over 16,000 submissions. Given the large number of submissions received, the Panel directed the Secretariat to publish as many submissions as possible by 31 March 2018. The remaining submissions will be published by 18 May 2018.

If you cannot locate an individual submission below it may be uploaded in the next tranche of submissions.


The views or opinions expressed in submissions are those of the author. The members of the Expert Panel, the Commonwealth or any Commonwealth official are not adopting or endorsing any comments expressed. The Department is publishing the submissions to inform public debate and scrutiny of the conduct of the Review.

The Commonwealth does not warrant the truth or accuracy of the content of any submission and no person should rely on the content of any submission without undertaking their own independent inquiries.

If a person has any concerns, they should email The Department will investigate and, if appropriate, remove the content.


To ensure that the privacy of third parties is protected, and that the Commonwealth complies with its own legal obligations, some submissions have been published with certain details removed (for example, details of third parties, addresses, and phone numbers). There may be formatting changes or redactions as a result.

Further details about the Department's handling of personal information is contained in the Department's Privacy Policy


As at 29 March 2018, the Department has published 1,930 submissions.

Irrespective of whether the Department has published it, every submission will inform the Expert Panel’s thinking and its final Report to the Prime Minister.

The Panel is still considering submissions, and therefore has not made a decision on the content of its report to the Prime Minister. The Panel has also not made a decision as to the relative weight to assign to any of the submissions it has received, including those published below. The Panel will do so alongside its expertise as it is framing its report.

Substantially similar submissions


Date of submissionsort descending Submission number Organisation or individual File attachments
14th December 2017 13852 Ian Wearing
14th December 2017 1 David Grills
14th December 2017 2 Elizabeth Springer
14th December 2017 3 George Williams
14th December 2017 4 Leanne Attenborough
16th December 2017 10 Mark Cresswell
16th December 2017 11 Anthony John Lohrey
16th December 2017 12 Igor Bray
16th December 2017 13 Daniel Stevens
16th December 2017 14 Eran Segev
17th December 2017 18 Jaymie Rains
19th December 2017 23 Lindsay Gordon
20th December 2017 26 Martin Wurzinger
21st December 2017 29 David Cronin
21st December 2017 30 Annette Kruk
21st December 2017 46 Rikki Lambert
21st December 2017 54 Helen Harper
22nd December 2017 13854 Adam Johnston
22nd December 2017 56 Equal Opportunity Tasmania
22nd December 2017 57 Rod Exton
24th December 2017 66 Joel Mcmahon
24th December 2017 68 Robert McDermott
24th December 2017 70 David Brookman
27th December 2017 72 Maverick Emmett
28th December 2017 73 Rev Dr. Michael F Bird
3rd January 2018 85 Bronwyn Evans
3rd January 2018 86 Peter Blackwell
3rd January 2018 89 Janine Truter
3rd January 2018 91 Brent Gunn
3rd January 2018 93 James Mitchell
3rd January 2018 94 Donald Dryley
3rd January 2018 96 Amanda Allen
3rd January 2018 97 Kris Eriksen
3rd January 2018 100 Cath Walsh
3rd January 2018 104 Robert Martin
3rd January 2018 107 Rod Mulholland
4th January 2018 114 Anthea Fraser Gupta
4th January 2018 119 Susan Duffy
4th January 2018 126 Ian Carmichael
5th January 2018 127 Barry Plush
5th January 2018 128 Adrian Dunstan
5th January 2018 130 Bruce Reyburn
5th January 2018 132 Patricia M Bensley
5th January 2018 133 Barry Long
5th January 2018 134 Tanya Smith
5th January 2018 135 David Carroll
5th January 2018 136 Angelica Russ Kidd
6th January 2018 141 Megan McKenzie
6th January 2018 143 Jan Grimoldby
6th January 2018 144 Emanuel Millen