Editor's note

The long-awaited Ruddock Religious Freedom Review has finally been released, and while details of it were leaked some time ago, we now have the government’s response. Anja Hilkemeijer writes that while the response contained few surprises, it does confirm that the government intends to fight hard on the issue, establishing a new religious freedom commissioner and pushing for a Religious Discrimination Act.

And this week, two significant media reports have been released, creating significant challenges for the government. Denis Muller examines both the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry and the government’s competitive neutrality review. The first contains some serious challenges for digital media; the second finds that the ABC and SBS are adhering to their charters and therefore acting in the public interest.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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The government will establish a religious freedom commissioner and push for a Religious Discrimination Act. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

In long-awaited response to Ruddock review, the government pushes hard on religious freedom

Anja Hilkemeijer, University of Tasmania

While pushing for changes to increase protections for religious belief, the government has not yet answered if that should extend to being allowed to discriminate against LGBTI people.

The competitive neutrality report has given the ABC, and SBS, a clean bill of health. Shutterstock

A tale of two media reports: one poses challenges for digital media; the other gives ABC and SBS a clean bill of health

Denis Muller, University of Melbourne

An ACCC interim report is one of the most consequential documents for media policy in decades, while a government report finds both public broadcasters are acting in the public interest.

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    Aileen Marwung Walsh, Australian National University

    Aileen Marwung Walsh's grandparents were sent to the Moore River Native Settlement, of Rabbit Proof Fence infamy, half a century ago. In 2018, 100 years after the settlement's founding, she returned.

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