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Church & State

International human rights treaties provide for freedom of ‘religion and belief’’. The UN has stated that the right to ‘have or adopt a religion or belief’) ‘is far-reaching and profound; it encompasses freedom of thought on all matters, personal life stance and the commitment to religion or belief…’ It ‘protects theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief’ and is ‘not limited in its application to traditional religions or to religions and convictions with institutional characteristics or practices analogous to those of traditional religions’.

The well-used term 'church and state' thus for us applies not only to the relationship between the state and religion, but also the state and all non-religious life stances.

See also entries for Petition re separation of 'church and state' in 'Documents' section.


Here are general articles about Australia. See also specific content areas, e.g., ' Schools and Religion' and 'Church and State'.

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We include items of interest here.

Schools and Religion

Australian state bans external religious organisations from running prayer groups in schools

Australian state bans external religious organisations from running prayer groups in schools

News | Thu, 07 Aug 2014

The Education Department of Victoria has issued a directive clarifying rules on the Australian state's requirements on secular education which could limit the activities of outside religious groups.

About us

The Rationalist Association of NSW

PO Box R684 Royal Exchange NSW 1225


The Rationalist Association of NSW was founded in 1912. 

We define rationalism as the attitude of mind which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason. It is a system of philosophy and ethics independent of all arbitrary assumptions or authority.

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