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Government MPs continue to argue about marriage legislation

The growing dispute between Liberal MP’s over what legislation might be introduced to amend the marriage laws continues to be played out in the Australian media. The Equality campaign is widely tipped to win the postal survey when the results are announced on Wednesday morning. Conservative MPs are now pushing for their version of a […]

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Simon Birmingham says Labor will ‘play political games’ with marriage bill

Simon Birmingham says Labor will ‘play political games’ with marriage bill

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has dismissed reports that there are divisions within the Liberal party over potential legislation that will allow for marriage equality. Appearing on the Sky News program Karvelas, Birmingham said the government’s loss of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce would have no effect on how the effectiveness of the parliament, and if […]

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Tony Abbott proposes taking plebiscite to the next election

Tony Abbott proposes taking plebiscite to the next election

Tony Abbott thinks the government should stick with the current policy of a plebiscite, and even take it to the next election. “If it was good to put to the people at the last election, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be good to put it to the people at the next election,” Abbott told Sydney […]

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Sinodinos hopeful marriage equality can be settled

Sinodinos hopeful marriage equality can be settled

Arthur Sinodinos, the Minister for Industry, Science and Innovation, says he is hopefully that the issue of marriage equality can be “settled” during the current term of government. Speaking to the National Press Club earlier today, the Liberal MP said while the government currently remains committed to holding a plebiscite, he would like to see […]

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Marriage debate splits government ministers

Marriage debate splits government ministers

The division within the ranks of the government over the issue of marriage equality is being laid out for all to see as government ministers take to the airwaves to share their differing views on how the issue of marriage equality should be addressed. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has backed business leaders who published an […]

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Save Safe Schools WA to hold rally against federal cuts

Save Safe Schools WA to hold rally against federal cuts

A Western Australian organisation have condemned the Federal Government for cutting millions from the anti-bullying Safe Schools Coalition after pressure from conservative MPs. Save Safe Schools WA oppose the Turnbull Government’s decision to pull integral components from the program, and the announcement that Safe Schools funding will be cut from 2017. A review of the […]

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Victoria reaffirms its commitment to Safe Schools

Victoria reaffirms its commitment to Safe Schools

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has reaffirmed his state’s support for the LGBTIQ anti-bulling program. Andrews posted a copy of a letter from the state’s education Minister James Merlino to his federal counterpart Simon Birmingham rejecting the findings of the recent review of the program. In the letter Merlino said the federal government was conducting a […]

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Safe Schools review cost at least $26,000

Safe Schools review cost at least $26,000

It has been revealed that the recent review of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program launched by the Turnbull government cost taxpayers in excess of $26,000. Buzzfeed News published the value of the contract with University of Western Australia professor Bill Louden, who worked on the review for 13 days. The $26,000 paid to Professor Louden […]

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ACT and Victoria vow to fund Safe Schools as is

ACT and Victoria vow to fund Safe Schools as is

The governments of the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria have announced that they will continue to fund the Safe School’s Coalition in its current form rejecting the federal government’s plan to remove key parts of the programs content. On Friday, James Merlino, Victoria’s education Minister responded to the federal government’s announcement that they would remove […]

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Government amends Safe Schools program after Federal review

The Federal Government have announced changes to the Safe Schools anti-bullying program in light of a review led by Professor Bill Louden. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham (pictured left) has announced a number of changes to the program, including restricting specific resources to counselling sessions, editing lesson plans and greater parental involvement. Mr Birmingham said […]

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