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Bill Shorten will commit funding to tackling HIV in Australia

Bill Shorten will commit funding to tackling HIV in Australia

Labor leader Bill Shorten is expected to make a major funding commitment to tackling HIV. The Brisbane Times has reported that the Opposition Leader will announce a $53 million dollar commitment to supporting peak HIV organisations, expanding PrEP trials and addressing the growing rate of new cases of HIV in aboriginal communities. Labor’s health spokesperson […]

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Peter Dutton against decision making via postal surveys in the future

Peter Dutton against decision making via postal surveys in the future

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton has declared the government’s decision to use a national postal survey was a great success, but also argues it should not be used in the future to decide other issues. Dutton, one of the architects of the ‘postal plebiscite’ has penned an opinion piece for Farifax Media describing […]

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Government announces postal survey cost much less than expected

Government announces postal survey cost much less than expected

Acting Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann has announced that the financial cost of the postal survey was much less than the anticipated $122 million. Senator Cormann announced on his Twitter account that the process had been delivered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for $80.5 million. “Happy to report that the ABS delivered the […]

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Just four MP’s voted against marriage equality

Just four MP’s voted against marriage equality

Just four MPs ended up voting against marriage equality. Russel Broadbent, David Littleproud, Keith Pitt and Bob Katter sat on one side of the House of Representatives while the vast majority of politicians crammed themselves onto the other side of the chamber. With less than five MPs on the ‘No’ side, Speaker of the House […]

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Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill has passed through the lower house of parliament, bringing marriage equality into Australian law. Following the ‘Yes’ result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey the co-sponsored bill has been hotly debated for the last two weeks, but remains unchanged by amendments from conservatives and The Greens. Amendments put forward […]

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House of Representatives continue to debate marriage bill

House of Representatives continue to debate marriage bill

The House of Representatives has finished the second reading of Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill and progressed to discussing a series of proposed amendments to the legislation. Three days of speeches from over 100 members of parliament came to an end this morning. Among the hundreds of speeches that have been delivered over the last […]

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Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Marriage equality advocates have praised the Greens for new attempts to reduce discrimination towards LGBTI+ Australians in Senator Dean Smith’s co-sponsored marriage bill. The House of Representatives’ sole Green MP Adam Bandt said he will re-introduce amendments to the bill to limit exemptions that allow discrimination in wedding services against marrying couples, including same-sex couples, […]

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Anglican Bishops break ranks and supports Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Anglican Bishops break ranks and supports Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Religious leaders are calling on the government to insert amendments for religious freedom into Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill before it becomes law. A group of Anglican Bishops however have broken ranks and declared their support for the bill in its current format. The Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes is leading a group of seven […]

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Church leaders launch last ditch attempt to influence marriage bill

Church leaders launch last ditch attempt to influence marriage bill

Fourteen of Australia’s leading religious leaders have co-signed a letter urging politicians to insert significant amendments in the marriage bill. Last week conservative MPs attempted to add additional clauses into Senator Dean Smith’s private members bill for marriage, arguing that widespread protections are needed for freedom of speech, conscience and religion. Despite many amendments being […]

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NSW Coroner delivers third finding in Scott Johnson case

NSW Coroner delivers third finding in Scott Johnson case

The New South Wales Coroner has handed down its findings in relation to the death of Scott Johnson in December 1988, declaring that he was most likely murdered in a gay-hate related crime. Johnson’s naked body was found at the bottom of a cliff in Manly, Sydney. Johnson had been out celebrating completing his PhD. […]

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