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Penny Wong says we must think carefully in ‘religious freedom’ debate

Penny Wong says we must think carefully in ‘religious freedom’ debate

ABC‘s weekly panel program Q&A tackled the ongoing debate surrounding the government’s Religious Discrimination Bill and the sacking of Israel Folau last night. Panelists included Senator Penny Wong, Senate President Scott Ryan, Human rights lawyer Diana Sayed, ANU Professor Hugh White and Centre of Independent Studies’ Tony Switzer. When an audience member asked if the current […]

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ACL says Folau will refund money not used in legal campaign

ACL says Folau will refund money not used in legal campaign

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Martyn Iles has promised that money raised for rugby player Israel Folau’s legal action against Rugby Australia will not be used for any other purpose. In his regular YouTube video update Iles said Folau and the Australian Christian Lobby would be returning any unused funds to donors pro rata. “He’s […]

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Baptist leader Tim Costello: ‘Christians need to calm down’

Baptist leader Tim Costello: ‘Christians need to calm down’

Baptist minister and former Chief Advocate at World Vision Australia Tim Costello had spoken against a proposed ‘religious freedom’ bill. Now a senior fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, Costello supports the recommendations put forward by the recent Philip Ruddock-led review, but is concerned about a wide-reaching ‘religious freedom’ bill as proposed by some […]

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Christian Porter reveals more details of Religious Discrimination Bill

Christian Porter reveals more details of Religious Discrimination Bill

Attorney General Christian Porter has revealed more information about the government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, including a clause that would protect people of faith from “indirect” unfair treatment. Porter spoke with The Guardian after a briefing with government MPs on Friday, ahead of planned consultations with churches and other groups before bringing forward the final version […]

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Dr David van Gend wants ‘freedom of conscience’ legislation

Dr David van Gend wants ‘freedom of conscience’ legislation

Anti-marriage equality campaigner Dr David van Gend has called on the Morrison government to expand its proposed religious discrimination legislation to be a “freedom of conscience” bill so it will protect any person who has a moral objection to same-sex marriage. Appearing on the Sky News program Outsiders on Sunday Dr van Gend, head of the Australian […]

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Sexual predator sentenced to three years behind bars

Sexual predator sentenced to three years behind bars

A Perth man who admitted to targeting young men and sexually assaulting them has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Brendon Qinton Webb picked up young intoxicated men in Claremont and Northbridge and offered to give them rides home in his white Toyota RAV4. After the men fell asleep he assaulted them, […]

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Advocates and pastor call for consultation on Religious Discrimination Bill

Advocates and pastor call for consultation on Religious Discrimination Bill

LGBTIQ+ advocacy group Equality Australia have joined with a church pastor to call on the Morrison Government to include affected communities in consultations regarding the Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill. “Faith-based communities who proactively embrace LGBTQ people need to be heard in this consultation. Our inclusion of LGBTQ people is part of our faith, founded […]

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Sydney plans protests against religious discrimination bills

Sydney plans protests against religious discrimination bills

Sydney based group Community Action Against Homophobia are holding a demonstration against the proposed religious discrimination bill on Saturday 3rd August. The public rally comes after  hundreds of organisations, public figures and activists signed on to an open letter opposing parliament’s plans to move a “Religious Freedoms” bill that they say would attack LGBTI rights […]

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Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

LGBTI groups and individuals are being urged to make their views known to the Federal Government about proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws. Advocacy group just.equal is concerned that the government has announced a consultation process involving MPs and religious groups, but it has not been clear if LGBTI groups will also be consulted. Just.equal […]

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Anthony Albanese denies he has any plans to water down LGBTIQ rights

Anthony Albanese denies he has any plans to water down LGBTIQ rights

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has hit back at media reports suggesting he was in favour of removing references supporting LGBTIQ+ people from Labor’s policy platform. The opposition leader addressed the reports in a statement to parliament. “In an article in the Daily Mail and in a number of other articles reporting on that article, it’s […]

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