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Dr Suzanne Packer apologises for upset caused by trans debate

Dr Suzanne Packer apologises for upset caused by trans debate

Dr Suzanne Packer, Australian Senior of the Year, has offered an apology for the distress a submission regarding transgender children, that carried her endorsement, has caused for young people experiencing gender dysphoria and their families. Her apology follows a wave of negative reports published by The Australian newspaper and broadcast on Sky News. The reports were […]

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Queensland MP George Christensen slams “putrid smear campaign”

Queensland MP George Christensen slams “putrid smear campaign”

Queensland MP George Christensen has labeled a news report published yesterday in the Herald Sun as “Highly defamatory”, describing it as part of a “putrid smear campaign” orchestrated by “gutless” political opponents. The newspaper reported that the Australian Federal Police has inquired about an unnamed member of parliament’s frequent travel to parts of South-East Asia, and that […]

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Dr David van Gend calls homosexuality ‘a disordered form of behaviour’

Dr David van Gend calls homosexuality ‘a disordered form of behaviour’

Dr David van Gend, a leading spokesperson for the Coalition for Marriage and head of the Australian Marriage Forum has described homosexuality as “a disordered form of behaviour” during a radio interview. Dr van Gend, who is a GP and a member of the Queensland’s Liberal National party, was reflecting on the biblical story of […]

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Lyle Shelton calls marriage equality “snobbery”

Lyle Shelton calls marriage equality “snobbery”

Lyle Shelton, spokesperson for the Coalition for Marriage and the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, has described marriage equality as “snobbery”. Speaking at an event in Coffs Harbour on Thursday night, Shelton told an audience that very few countries in the world had legislation to allow same sex couples to wed. “There’s only […]

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Ian Thorpe urges people to return their marriage survey forms

Ian Thorpe urges people to return their marriage survey forms

Olympian Ian Thorpe has urged people to vote ‘yes’ in the marriage equality survey and get their completed forms in the mail by Friday to ensure they make it back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in time to be counted. Thorpe said he was optimistic that the marriage survey would return a ‘yes’ result […]

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Cory Bernardi argues that marriage legislation should not be rushed in

Cory Bernardi argues that marriage legislation should not be rushed in

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has argued that any legislation to allow same sex marriage will have to be carefully considered by the parliament, and may take some time before it could actually become law. Last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull restated his belief that if the marriage postal survey returned a ‘yes’ vote, the […]

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Do you have the answers for ‘You Can’t Ask That!’

Do you have the answers for ‘You Can’t Ask That!’

The ABC’s program You Can’t Ask That will return in 2018 with a whole bunch of new questions that people are often too afraid to ask. The program is currently taking questions and looking for people to answer them. The taboo areas on the agenda for the next series include cult survivors, Lotto winners, athletes who […]

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Tajikistan draws up register of gay citizens

Tajikistan draws up register of gay citizens

Tajikistan has drawn up a register of people the government perceive to be LGBTI+ and has indicated that those on the register will be required to undergo mandatory sexual health checks. A publication, created by the State Prosecutor’s Office, announced the creation of the register, saying they had researched the LGBTI community in the country […]

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Sam Smith speaks out against Australia’s marriage survey

Sam Smith speaks out against Australia’s marriage survey

Singer Sam Smith has spoken out against Australia’s marriage postal survey arguing that the discussion Australia is having shouldn’t be needed in 2017. Appearing on the Today show on Monday Smith blasted the government’s survey saying; “We shouldn’t be having this discussion in 2017.” Smith, who first rose to prominence singing on Latch by English band […]

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Sydney’s Anglican Diocese reveals it’s donated 1 million to ‘No’ campaign

Sydney’s Anglican Diocese reveals it’s donated 1 million to ‘No’ campaign

The Archbishop of Sydney, Glen Davies, has revealed that the Anglican Diocese of Sydney has donated a million dollars to the ‘no’ campaign to assist in their fight against marriage equality. The Archbishop announced the large contribution during his address to the 51st synod of the diocese on Monday afternoon and Buzzfeed News Australia were […]

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