An Argument for More, Not Less, Religion in Australian Politics


  • Marion Maddox Macquarie University



Religion and Politics, Secularism, Church and State


Liberals, and others, have conventionally maintained that religion-state separation is the best guarantee of religious freedom. Many have also argued that religion-state separation entails keeping religion out of politics. But trying to quarantine religion and politics from one another is often counter-productive, keeping important questions off-limits. A more inclusive approach would be to treat religion as a normal part of political debate, open, like everything else, to public discussion and contestation.

Author Biography

Marion Maddox, Macquarie University

Marion Maddox is Director of the Centre for Research On Social Inclusion at Macquarie University, Sydney.


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How to Cite

Maddox, M. (2010). An Argument for More, Not Less, Religion in Australian Politics. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 22(3), 345–367.