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Renewed calls for WA to update anti-discrimination laws

Renewed calls for WA to update anti-discrimination laws

Advocates for Western Australia’s LGBT community have launched a campaign to repeal the last piece of anti-homosexual legislation under State law. They are calling on the McGowan Government to close a loophole in the State’s Equal Opportunity Act which allows private schools to sack LGBTI teachers, expel LGBTI students and refuse to enrol children from […]

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LGBTI advocates disappointed with Premier Mark McGowan

LGBTI advocates disappointed with Premier Mark McGowan

Community advocates are not impressed with Premier Mark McGowan’s response to their request for the WA government to introduce anti-vilification laws to protect LGBTI people. They say they are deeply disappointed by the Premier’s response to an issue they raised with him relating to hate speech. Earlier this month the advocates wrote to the Premier […]

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LGBTI+ advocates call for permanent anti-vilification laws

Equality advocates have questioned why vilification against LGBTI Australians is only unacceptable during the marriage equality postal vote and not at other times. Responding to legislation passed by the Federal Government this morning to outlaw hate speech during the three month postal survey, advocates are asking MPs why such protections are not applied permanently. Spokesperson […]

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Catherine Ehrhardt on why local government should support marriage equality

Bayswater Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt has put forward a motion calling on the city to formally voice it’s support for marriage equality. Speaking to OUTinPerth, Cr Ehrhardt explained why she believes it’s important to make a clear statement at a local government level. Cr Ehrhardt said she’d been considering putting forward the motion since she was first elected […]

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Civil unions on the agenda in Western Australia

Labor’s Mark McGowan has voiced his support for the introduction of civil unions in Western Australia and Premier Colin Barnett has said his party would allow a conscience vote on the issue if it was brought before the parliament. Members of the LGBTIQ community have called on whoever forms the next Western Australian government to […]

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Liberal Senator Dean Smith could cross the floor over plebiscite

Liberal Senator Dean Smith could cross the floor over plebiscite

Western Australian senator Dean Smith has told ABC’s Radio National that he would not rule out crossing the floor to vote against the government’s proposed plebiscite on marriage equality. It’s been more than a year since the government suggested a non-binding national vote would be the best way to resolve Australia’s long running debate over […]

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just.equal warns plebiscite question invites segregation

just.equal warns plebiscite question invites segregation

Concerns have been raised regarding the wording of the question in the proposed marriage equality plebiscite following reports revealing how the public vote may be phrased. It is expected that the Government will construct the plebiscite question to read: “Do you approve of a law to permit people of the same sex to marry?” Spokesperson for […]

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Surviving Yarloop

Surviving Yarloop

There had been no electricity for a few hours. No TV, no radio, no warning. By the time Marcus had grabbed his wallet and beloved cat, the wall of fire was just two streets away and thick smoke had turned day to night. Leaving his house in McDowell Street, Yarloop, and driving down Railway Parade […]

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SA Premier apologises for state’s “senseless discrimination”

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has described the treatment of a British man who was denied next-of-kin status when his husband died in South Australia as “senseless discrimination”. Marco Bulmer-Rizzi’s husband David died on Saturday after falling down stairs and cracking his skull at a friend’s home during the couple’s honeymoon in Adelaide. Authorities have […]

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Marriage Equality: How to contact your local member

At the Love in Perth rally for marriage equality on Sunday, Brian Greig from Australian Marriage Equality encouraged everyone to contact their local federal MP. “On Monday, if you have not already done it, phone your federal member of parliament and tell them what you think. “On Tuesday, email your federal member of parliament and […]

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