Section 116 of the Australian Constitution and Dress Restrictions

Anthony Gray

Abstract


This article considers constitutional arguments that would arise if a government at either federal or state level decided to ban dress often identified as having religious connotations. This is not a far-fetched scenario, with at least one current Member of Parliament calling for such a ban, and bans operating in some overseas jurisdictions. It concludes that there would be serious constitutional doubt about such a law.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21153/dlr2011vol16no2art105

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