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John Carey to head taskforce into Perth Cultural Centre

John Carey to head taskforce into Perth Cultural Centre

Labor MP John Carey will head a new taskforce charged with revitalising Perth’s Cultural Centre precinct. The new taskforce formed by the state government will begin linking “short- term maintenance and activation strategies” in preparation for the new WA Museum opening in late 2020. The Taskforce will also consider opportunities for long-term improvements, and liaise with […]

Mother of Manchester bombing victim welcomes security review

Mother of Manchester bombing victim welcomes security review

The UK Conservatives have pledged to review venue security laws if re-elected to government, after a lengthy campaign led by the mother of one of the victims of the Manchester bombing in 2017. Figen Murray has been campaigning for stronger security measures after her gay son, Martyn Hett, was among 22 people killed and 59 […]

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Folau settlement shows there is no need for religious discrimination laws

Folau settlement shows there is no need for religious discrimination laws

Equality Australia has welcomed today’s settlement between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau saying it draws a line under what has been a divisive and hurtful period for LGBTIQ+ people in rugby, in sport and more generally. The LGBTIQ+ rights groups say the settlement proves that there is no need for a new law, especially one […]

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Israel Folau and Rugby Australia reach out of court settlement

Israel Folau and Rugby Australia reach out of court settlement

Rugby Australia and terminated player Israel Folau have reached an out-of-court settlement ending a long legal battle. Folau was sacked by his employer after he made a social media post suggesting that declared that a range of Australians, including homosexuals, would be going to hell unless they embraced Christianity. The post came after the player […]

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ABS ditches questions about sexuality in census despite need for data

ABS ditches questions about sexuality in census despite need for data

The Australian Bureau of Statistics dumped questions about sexuality and gender from the next census because of concerns that there would be a public backlash over their inclusion. The questions were dumped even though two government departments said the data was essential for planning for the future and effective delivery of services. The questions were […]

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Senator Amanda Stoker asks for support to fight “the transgender agenda”

Senator Amanda Stoker asks for support to fight “the transgender agenda”

Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker is calling on voters to show their support for her work in fighting against transgender youth. The government MP has launched a petition on her own website where supporters can voice their support for her advocacy against “the transgender agenda”. Senator Stoker says it’s for a grown man to want to […]

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Survey: Majority of voters do not support religious discrimination

Survey: Majority of voters do not support religious discrimination

LGBTIQ+ advocates have renewed calls to review existing discrimination exemptions that allow religious organisations to discriminate against employees in light of the results of a new poll. The YouGov Galaxy survey commissioned by the Centre of Independent Studies and published by News Limited revealed that 64% of respondents do not support religious organisations being allowed […]

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Australian Open invitation includes rebuke for Margaret Court’s views

Australian Open invitation includes rebuke for Margaret Court’s views

Margaret Court has been invited to be a special guest at next year’s Australia Open, honouring her 50 year old record in making four Grand Slams in one calendar year. Tennis Australia have condemned Court’s views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, while defending the celebration of the tennis star-turned-religious leader’s achievements. “Tennis Australia respects Margaret’s […]

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Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to conduct inquiry into conversion practice

Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to conduct inquiry into conversion practice

Tasmania has taken the first step towards legislation that would ban LGBTIQ+ conversion practices. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has announced it will conduct an inquiry into the issue. LGBTIQ equality advocates have welcomed the move, with Equality Tasmania spokesperson, Rodney Croome, saying, “Attempts to ‘cure’ or ‘heal’ LGBTIQ people are futile and damaging, so […]

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Discrimination campaigner Garry Burns to sue Israel Folau

Discrimination campaigner Garry Burns to sue Israel Folau

Sydney based anti-discrimination campaigner Garry Burns is suing Folau for $100,000 via the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). Mr Burns has lodged a complaint with the President of the NSW ADB. Burns, who successfully sued radio broadcaster John Laws for $10,000 in 2004 for anti-gay comments — which he donated to HIV/AIDS charity, the […]

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