Australia's Religious Communities: Senior Version

Marion Maddox, Rodney Smith

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Modern, western political thought usually emphasises religion as private and personal, and politics as public. This chapter demonstrates that, throughout Australia’s post-invasion history, religious organisations and commitments have had many and varied public effects, both shaping and being shaped by political, social and economic factors. After examining theoretical questions about how religion should be understood in relation to politics, it examines how religion has contributed to debates about nationhood national identity and belonging. It then investigates religious communities’ involvement in formal political processes: in relation to the party system, as political actors, and as contractors of services
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralia's Politics and Public Policy
Subtitle of host publicationSenior Version
PublisherSydney University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 2019


  • secularism
  • constitution
  • separation of church and state
  • same-sex marriage
  • sectarianism
  • discrimination
  • contracting
  • sovereignty


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