The City of Greater Bendigo Council has demonstrated great leadership in making its decision to allow the Australian Islamic Mission to build a mosque.
The Council is legally required to balance competing rights and interests of its community. In this case, the application raises the right to privacy, the right to religious freedom, freedom of expression and the right to freedom from discrimination. Under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, the Council must take human rights into account when it makes decisions, including determining planning applications.
We are fortunate in Victoria to live in a community where cultural and religious diversity is embraced and protected in law. If people feel they have been discriminated against, they are encouraged to contact the Commission.