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New Education Minister to take religion out of school Chaplaincy program

New Education Minister to take religion out of school Chaplaincy program

New Education Minister Jason Clare has confirmed that the Albanese Government will remove the requirement for staff funded through the National Schools Chaplaincy program to be associated with a religious body. Jason Clare confirmed the move to The Canberra Times Chief Political Reporter, Karen Barlow. “I want to open up the program and give schools a […]

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Eric Abetz to leave parliament after failing to secure enough votes

Eric Abetz to leave parliament after failing to secure enough votes

Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz appears to have reached the end of his political career. With the senate votes in Tasmania counted the final seat was awarded to Tammy Tyrell from the Jaquie Lambert Network. Senator Abetz was bumped down to the third spot on the Liberal’s senate ticket despite him having serving in the parliament […]

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Senior Greens speak out against transphobia in Victorian branch

Senior Greens speak out against transphobia in Victorian branch

Members and supporters of The Greens have raised concerns over the election of Victoria’s new convener, highlighting their past of speaking out against trans and gender diverse people. Linda Gale was elected to the position over the weekend, filling a casual vacancy for the position. Greens members have spoken out against Gale’s appointment, pointing to […]

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Melbourne’s AIDS Memorial Quilt receives heritage protection

Melbourne’s AIDS Memorial Quilt receives heritage protection

In an Australian first, the Melbourne AIDS Memorial Quilt has officially been granted heritage protection and recognition. The powerful piece of history joins 2,400 objects, collections and sites recognised by the Heritage Council of Victoria and the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR). Beginning in the USA, AIDS Memorial Quilts have been a hallmark of the effects […]

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Katherine Deves says coming out is not a big issue anymore

Katherine Deves says coming out is not a big issue anymore

The furor around actor Rebel Wilson being potentially pressured to ‘come out’ regarding her new same-sex relationship after an approach by the Sydney Morning Herald has grown to be an international news story. While forcing celebrities to come out had been business-as-usual for tabloid media decades ago, the suggestion that the Sydney Morning Herald actions […]

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Sydney Morning Herald editor apologises for Rebel Wilson debacle

Sydney Morning Herald editor apologises for Rebel Wilson debacle

The Sydney Morning Herald has apologised for its actions in handling the revelation that actor Rebel Wilson had found happiness in a same-sex relationship. It’s the fourth statement the newspaper has made since in recent days, initially entertainment writer Andrew Hornery chastised Wilson for publicly sharing her coming out story rather than allowing it to […]

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‘Sydney Morning Herald’ says they’ve learned from Rebel Wilson experience

‘Sydney Morning Herald’ says they’ve learned from Rebel Wilson experience

The Sydney Morning Herald has withdrawn an opinion piece where entertainment reporter Andrew Hornery bemoaned that actor Rebel Wilson had revealed she was in a same-sex relationship “gazumping” a story he was planning to write. Following several days of intense criticism writer Andrew Hornery said he had made mistakes in the way he approached Wilson for comment […]

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Sydney Morning Herald admits it pushed Rebel Wilson to come out

Sydney Morning Herald admits it pushed Rebel Wilson to come out

Rebel Wilson’s announcement that she’s in a relationship with designer Ramona Agruma was warmly welcomed this week after the actor shared the news on her Instagram page, but the Sydney Morning Herald has now revealed that they approached Wilson and may have triggered her decision to come out. The newspaper then goes on to complain about the […]

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AG Mark Dreyfus confirms religious discrimination legislation this term

AG Mark Dreyfus confirms religious discrimination legislation this term

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has confirmed to media that the government will introduce religious discrimination legislation this term of Parliament. Speaking on ABC’s RN Breakfast with Patricia Karvelas, Dreyfus said Labor will introduce a Religious Discrimination Bill reflecting Labor policy that says the party “will prohibit discrimination against LGBTQA+ students and teachers in faith-based schools.” Labor policy […]

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Tasmania Premier Jeremy Rockliff backs conversion practice ban

Tasmania Premier Jeremy Rockliff backs conversion practice ban

Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff has announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban conversion practices in his state. The Liberal premier said his Liberal government would be acting on the recommendations of a report from the Tasmanian Law Reform Commission which made 16 recommendations for legislative change. “I support acting on the recommendations of the […]

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