This year, the hauling of Tasmanian Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous before the anti-discrimination Commissioner in Tasmania for the distribution of the gentle “Don’t Mess with Marriage” shocked people around the country.

The Tasmanian Government has reacted by proposing changes to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act which passed the lower house in October 2016.  

Debate on the Act is not expected to occur in the Upper House until at least March 2017. 

The complaint against the Archbishop was dropped just prior to the Federal Election when it proved damaging to the same-sex marriage campaign.

However, the case did highlight inadequacies in the law that needed to be addressed.

The Government has limited the changes to providing limited exemptions to anti-discrimination law for religious groups.

You can read the ACL submission here.