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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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Concetta Fierravanti-Wells wants a broader religious freedom act

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells wants a broader religious freedom act

While the Morrison government has declared bringing in a legislation to outlaw religious discrimination is a top priority, one of their own is calling for a broader and more wide ranging piece of legislation to be introduced. Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells told parliament on Tuesday night that rather than a religious discrimination act, a broader religious freedom […]

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Keneally says Labor will work with the government on religious freedom

Keneally says Labor will work with the government on religious freedom

Labor’s Senator Kristina Keneally says her party is ready to work with the government to bring in the proposed new religious freedom laws. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged the introduction of new laws as one of the government’s top priorities. At the opening of parliament the government listed changes to the marriage and anti-discrimination […]

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Equality Australia welcome delay on Religious Discrimination Bill

Equality Australia welcome delay on Religious Discrimination Bill

LGBTIQ+ advocacy group Equality Australia have welcomed a delay in the introduction of the Morrison government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, saying it will allow for more community consultation. The bill, which could see amendments to marriage, anti-discrimination and charity laws, has been lauded as a high priority for the government by both Prime Minister Scott […]

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Call for Labor & cross-bench not to weaken discrimination protections

Call for Labor & cross-bench not to weaken discrimination protections

LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal are urging Labor, the Greens and the Senate cross-bench to oppose any new law that weakens existing protections from discrimination. The call comes after the Government announced its intention to amend existing marriage, charities and discrimination laws to allow ‘religious freedom’. “Our fear is that the Government’s proposed amendments will allow […]

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