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School drops Margaret Court as patron of its tennis programs

School drops Margaret Court as patron of its tennis programs

A Perth school has dropped Reverend Margaret Court as the patron of it’s tennis programs because of her views on the LGBTI community and marriage. John Forrest Secondary College has announced it will find a “high profile tennis player” to be the patron of its tennis academy. On October 18th The Eastern Reporter shared the […]

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Malcolm Turnbull confident marriage equality legislation won’t be delayed

Malcolm Turnbull confident marriage equality legislation won’t be delayed

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident that if the winning result of the marriage postal survey is ‘Yes’, a private members bill allowing for marriage equality will be passed by the parliament before Christmas. The PM restated his belief that a bill could be passed in the final two weeks of parliament sitting in 2017 […]

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Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

The Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, says he has reassured Western Australian politician Andrew Hastie that Australia’s military is focused on the defence of the nation, and allowing transgender personnel to undertake gender reassignment surgery is not reducing their effectiveness. Hastie has spoken out about the defence force’s policy over the last week, arguing […]

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Please Sir, can I have some marriage rights and respect

Please Sir, can I have some marriage rights and respect

OPINION In the lead up to the marriage postal survey kicking off, and since it’s been underway, there’s one image that continually returns to my mind. It’s the moment that Oliver Twist walks up to Mr Bumble and asks for a second bowl of Gruel, uttering his most famous phrase “Please Sir, I want some […]

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Labor give their support to Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Labor give their support to Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Labor will encourage the government to accept Dean Smith’s private members bill for marriage equality, should the marriage postal survey return a ‘yes’ result. The government has promised MPs will be allowed a conscience vote on the issue of marriage equality should the $120 million dollar postal survey exercise indicate that the Australian people support […]

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Almost 11 million people have sent back their marriage survey forms

Almost 11 million people have sent back their marriage survey forms

The Equality Campaign has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today that a further 800,000 Australians have returned their marriage surveys. The ABS has released the latest return estimates from the 16 million survey forms sent out last month. With only 10 days remaining until the recommended deadline to get the […]

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Hastie committed to cutting gender reassignment surgery in defence

Hastie committed to cutting gender reassignment surgery in defence

Western Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has declared he’s committed to stopping transgender service personnel from receiving gender reassignment surgery on the tax payer’s dollar. The former SAS officer discussed his opposition to the defence force policy in a recent speech that was reported in the media over the weekend. “I do not see how […]

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United Nations condemns latest gay raid in Indonesia

United Nations condemns latest gay raid in Indonesia

The United Nations has condemned the latest crackdown on LGBT people in Indonesia, as well as recent actions in Egypt and Azerbaijan. Last week over 50 men were detained in Jakarta after a raid at a sauna. Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but vague laws relating to pornography as often used to raid establishments […]

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Bishop threatens to abandon registering all marriages if Yes vote wins

Bishop threatens to abandon registering all marriages if Yes vote wins

A Western Australian Anglican Bishop is threatening to stop registering all marriages should the YES campaign be successful in the marriage postal survey. Gary Nelson, the Bishop of the diocese of North West Australia, has told The West Australian that he will stop all marriages, if he’s not satisfied with the details of the legislation that […]

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Peter Dutton ‘architect of the postal plebiscite’ predicts a Yes win

Peter Dutton ‘architect of the postal plebiscite’ predicts a Yes win

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has reportedly predicted the Equality campaign will be successful and the majority of Australians will have selected ‘yes’ in the postal survey he championed. Dutton, a leading conservative, conceded that the winner of the postal survey would be the ‘Yes’ campaign while speaking at an event in Sydney earlier this evening. […]

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