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Croome: The postal survey was damaging and must never happen again

Croome: The postal survey was damaging and must never happen again

OPINION A year on from the marriage equality postal survey it’s time to bust some myths about why it was held and what impact it had. The postal survey was not necessary to win marriage equality. It did not change hearts or minds for the better, carry parliament over the line or cement reform It […]

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Preventing progress: why we must oppose a federal “religious freedom” law

Preventing progress: why we must oppose a federal “religious freedom” law

OPINION We can’t be sure exactly what Scott Morrison wants to “prevent” with religious freedom legislation, but there’s enough evidence to make an educated guess. In a recent television debate I had with Sydney Anglican bishop, Michael Stead, the bishop surprisingly said he did not want wedding businesses and government registry staff to be allowed […]

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Outrage over Thomas the Tank Engine getting new female friends

Outrage over Thomas the Tank Engine getting new female friends

OPINION Thomas the Tank Engine is getting an overhaul and in some new episodes the show’s long running gender imbalance will be addressed. New episodes introduce new characters, including a whole lot of female characters, and they’re bringing a multi-cultural international flavour to the show too. Thomas and Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! will air in […]

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Marriage equality will not be Malcolm Turnbull’s legacy

Marriage equality will not be Malcolm Turnbull’s legacy

Opinion There was no chance that Malcolm Turnbull was going to survive as Australia’s Prime Minister this week, and as he packs his boxes to move out of the Prime Minister’s Office and hands over the keys to The Lodge, he must be pondering what he achieved during his two years and 345 days leading […]

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Thomas Drake-Brockman: Actions speak louder than flags

Thomas Drake-Brockman: Actions speak louder than flags

OPINION The University of Western Australia (UWA) — where I am studying to become a doctor — will this Friday permit Quentin Van Meter of the American College of Pediatricians to speak on campus as part of a national tour with the Australian Family Association. This is the same University where I have been taught […]

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Diversity in the armed forces – imagine if it was more than a finger nail

OPINION Sweden’s armed forces are celebrating the country’s annual Pride celebrations and highlighting that their military is an organisation that embraces diversity and equality. During the Pride celebrations their armed forces have launched a campaign called We Don’t Always March Straight. The campaign involves a website and newspaper advertisements that highlight their commit to diversity […]

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Sexting – give kids the knowledge to make informed decisions

Sexting – give kids the knowledge to make informed decisions

Outrage and dismay was proclaimed by right-wing politicians and conservative newspaper columnists when it was revealed that a high school in Victoria had developed guidelines for young people about safety and sexting. All the usual suspects who proclaim ‘the world’s out of control” and “political correctness has gone mad” lined up, Lyle Shelton, Pauline Hanson, […]

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Maintaining the rage against political and religious conservatives

Maintaining the rage against political and religious conservatives

In the euphoria about finally getting marriage equality in Australia, readers of OUTinPerth may not have noticed (or forgotten) that the Prime Minister, (apparently as a way of trying to silence conservatives in his party and the broader community) has formed an expert panel to examine religious freedom in Australia – led by former MP […]

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Hypocrisy in the Age of the Postal Survey

Hypocrisy in the Age of the Postal Survey

Between 1905 until the section was repealed in 1955, The Aborigines Act 1905 (WA), (entirely repealed in 1964), specified that our First Nation Peoples in WA could not marry a non-Aboriginal person without permission from the so-called ‘Chief Protector’ (Between 1905 and 1936, this only applied to Aboriginal women marrying non-Aboriginal people, after 1936 it […]

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The Coalition for Marriage’s Mums wrote a letter to my Dad

The Coalition for Marriage’s Mums wrote a letter to my Dad

OPINION My Dad got a letter in the mail yesterday, it’s from the Mums featured in the Coalition for Marriage’s TV ads. Heidi McIvor, Pansy Lai and Cella White, alongside Marijke Rancie’s letter said voting ‘Yes’ in the marriage postal survey would inevitably lead to compulsory radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education programs in classrooms. […]

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