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Just Cases

25 EpisodesProduced by Monash Law SchoolWebsite

Every day, law courts make decisions that change the lives of those present in the courtroom. Some decisions change society itself. JUST CASES tells the backstory to some of the biggest court cases you've never heard of.

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Episode 17: Do witchcraft laws breach freedom of religion?

How does Australian law protect the beliefs and religious practices of witches, conjurers and fortune-tellers? A High Court case from the 1930s could provide the answers.

There’s a big debate about religious freedom in Australia after the federal government announced plans to introduce new federal religious discrimination laws.

Most of the coverage of the religious freedom debate focuses on protecting the major religions, most notably Christianity.

But there’s some religious groups that don’t get any coverage at all.

What if you’re a witch or a Wiccan? A Druid or Shaman?

How does Australian law protect your beliefs and religious practices?

How has the law treated you over the years if you’re a conjurer or a psychic?

Today JUST CASES rewinds to a 1930 case which went all the way to the High Court of Australia.

Music
- Lee Rosevere 'Last Call'
- Lee Rosevere 'Introducing the Pre-Roll'

Court case
- Hansen v Archdall and Smith [1930] HCA 16 44 CLR 265 http://eresources.hcourt.gov.au/showbyHandle/1/13142

Episode
https://www.justcasespodcast.com/episode/2019/9/17/episode-17-do-witchcraft-laws-breach-freedom-of-religion

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