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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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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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Lyle Shelton: There’s hardly any homophobia in Australia

Lyle Shelton: There’s hardly any homophobia in Australia

Lyle Shelton, from the Australian Christian Lobby, and Karina Okotel, Vice President of the Liberal Party, spoke at the National Press Club today to outline their opposition to marriage equality. Last week The YES campaign put forward their case for change, and a week later it was the turn of the NO campaign to deliver […]

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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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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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Victoria will provide $1 million to support LGBTI community

Victoria will provide $1 million to support LGBTI community

Victoria’s Andrews Labor government will provide an additional $500,000 towards supporting the mental health of LGBTIQ+ Victorians during the postal survey over marriage equality. The commitment comes on top of $500,000 that was previously announced, bringing the Victorian government’s total support to $1 million dollars. Equality Minister Martin Foley made the announcement this morning. “None […]

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Lyle Shelton says most gay couples don’t want to get married

Lyle Shelton says most gay couples don’t want to get married

Lyle Shelton, the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby says gay couples don’t to get married and the entire marriage equality debate is about ulterior motives. Shelton, one of the leading voices of the NO campaign, was a appearing on Sky News when he made the claim. “I don’t think this debate has even […]

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Malcolm Roberts says homosexuals are against the burqa

Malcolm Roberts says homosexuals are against the burqa

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has told the ABC that homosexuals are offended by Muslim women  who wear a burqa. “In Australia with our set of values people are seeing this as an affront to women, and as an affront to homosexuals and an affront to Australian values and an affront to our nation’s laws” […]

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Ad watchdog won’t consider marriage ad complaints

Ad watchdog won’t consider marriage ad complaints

Australia’s advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Bureau has announced it most likely won’t accept complaints about advertisements rolled out as part of the campaigns surrounding the marriage postal survey. The ASB said most of the advertising would be considered ‘political advertising’ something that is not within their purview. The board said it would look into […]

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The ABS ask that you don’t put glitter in the marriage survey

The ABS ask that you don’t put glitter in the marriage survey

The deputy head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has told a senate committee that putting glitter in the envelopes of the forthcoming survey on marriage could make people’s forms invalid and cause problems for the organisation’s scanning machines. Jonathan Palmer said the ABS would be advising people not to place an extraneous material […]

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