Articles: Australia

Zelda Bailey argues that "Presently in Australia teachers are labouring under a bewildering array of different approaches to worldview education across the States and Territories, especially regarding the place of Religious Instruction/Religious Education and the role of Chaplains in schools. It also does little to inform and prepare students for the diverse worldviews that exist across the world, many of which play dominant roles in contentious global issues... deeper reflection and improved self-knowledge would heighten sensitivity to the situation of others and lead to positive feelings and an appreciation of our common humanity." She offers a plan to achieve these ends.
Australia leads the world in gambling and churches are cashing in with tax-free gambling schemes. The Pope's picture was even placed at the entrance to welcome people to the gambling room of a Catholic club. However, when philanthropist David Walsh used his winnings to found Hobart's Museum of Old New Art he faced a tax bill of $37 million. Dr Max Wallace comments on secular and religious gambling.
This factsheet on church and state in Australia puts it all in a nutshell from 1836, when an exasperated Australian Governor Bourke wished the churches would 'roll off state support like saturated leeches' to 2008 when Bishop Tom Frame said they must be weaned off state support and not rely on the secular state to discharge their 'heavenly charter'.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2014 unequivocally confirmed that greenhouse gas emissions are the primary cause of climate change. This, it determined would result in extreme weather events and natural disasters, rising sea-levels, floods, heat waves, droughts, desertification, food and water shortages, and the spread of tropical and vector-borne diseases as some of the adverse impacts of climate change.
In May 2019 a group of eight Torres Strait Islanders, who are Australian citizens, with legal representation from Client Earth, submitted a claim to the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC). They allege that Australia is failing its legal human rights obligations to Torres Strait Islanders because it has failed to take adequate action to reduce emissions or to provide for proper adaptation measures on the islands.
Australian and New Zealand democracy is compromised by religion's place in the government. They share a head of state who is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England in England. This article details how the influence of Christianity in government makes Australia and New Zealand soft theocracies, rather than fully realised democracies.