WATCH: Does Australia have a separation of church and state?

Should religion have any influence on politics?

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Does Australia have a separation of church and state, and if so, what does it mean? There’s a common misconception that separation of church and state means religion should not have any influence on politics or legislation. In the following short video, Dr. Stephen Chavura says this misunderstanding confuses two very different ideas.

 

“Separation of church and state is about the power of one institution over another – of the government over the churches and over people’s religious beliefs. Separation of religion and politics is the idea that religion shouldn’t in any way influence politics, and that’s probably not even possible – unless you want to go to North Korea or Communist China.”

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