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Can you ask for a new marriage survey form if you’ve changed your mind?

Can you ask for a new marriage survey form if you’ve changed your mind?

A radio station in Tasmania has reported that you can request a second form for the Marriage Postal Survey if you’ve had second thoughts and would like to change your mind. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has denied this is possible, despite initially telling the radio station that is was an option. Listener Timbo from […]

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Health Minister will look at legislation around “gay conversion therapy”

Health Minister will look at legislation around “gay conversion therapy”

Health Minister Roger Cook has told Triple J’s Hack program that he will review Western Australia’s laws to see if there is a need for legislation to protect people from so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’. Gay conversion therapy, or reparative therapy, is courses or counselling methodologies that claim they can alter a person’s sexuality, usually involving a desire […]

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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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Senate shows support for LGBTIQ community on R U OK? Day

Senate shows support for LGBTIQ community on R U OK? Day

The Senate has passed a motion voicing support for LGBTIQ people on R U OK? Day, and encourages all Australians to reach out to their queer family and friends and check on how they are faring during the marriage debate. The motion was put forward by Greens’ senators Rachel Siewert and Janet Rice. It asked […]

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Emergency laws allow for fines of up to $12,600 for vilification

Emergency laws allow for fines of up to $12,600 for vilification

Emergency laws to stop people being vilified during the debate surrounding the government’s postal survey on marriage will be introduced to parliament this week. The laws will see civil prosecutions with fines of up to $12,600 for people who feel vilified or threatened during the campaign. The emergency laws will only apply up until the […]

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New poll shows support for marriage equality has risen to 70%

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll has sown that support for marriage equality has risen to 70%. The positive result for the equality campaign comes as the Australian Bureau of Statistics begins to send survey forms to 16 million Australians to gauge their thoughts about changing the marriage laws. The 70% support rate is from those who […]

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ABC radio caller praises Hitler for putting gay people in concentration camps

ABC radio caller praises Hitler for putting gay people in concentration camps

ABC Radio in Melbourne have put to air a talk back caller to air who praised Hitler for putting gay people in concentration camps. The man, identified as Don, called John Faine’s Mornings program on ABC 774 to complain about Faine’s studio guest, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton. He expressed that […]

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Author Benjamin Law criticised over Twitter comments

Author Benjamin Law criticised over Twitter comments

On the day his quarterly essay is released, author Benjamin Law has been criticised over a tweet he made late last month. Law, best known for his autobiographical book The Family Law, which inspired the popular SBS sitcom, is the author of the latest Quarterly Essay which focuses on the Safe Schools program. Titled Moral Panic 101: Equality, […]

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Government rushes to introduce laws to govern campaign materials

As the debate over whether Australia will allow same-sex couples the right to wed, the simple act of opening the letter box has become a confronting proposition for LGBTI people and their families. Will there be a new round of pamphlets challenging the legitimacy of our relationships? A suggestion that we’re not suitable parents? An […]

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Perth Steam Works celebrates 21 years

Perth Steam Works celebrates 21 years

It was early in 1995 when a then brewery worker first thought of opening Perth’s second sauna. While filled with optimism, there remained many questions for the aspiring businessman to turn the idea into a reality. Was there enough people in Perth to sustain a second sauna? Where would it be located? Would the relevant […]

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