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What do we need from a national LGBTI human rights organisation?

What do we need from a national LGBTI human rights organisation?

OPINION: Dr Sharon Dane, Brian Greig, Rodney Croome  Independent, accountable and courageous: Our blueprint for a national LGBTI human rights organisation The formation of a new national LGBTI human rights organisation is always a moment of hope. We know because we have been involved in every such organisation since the early 90s, including the Australian Council […]

Reflections on 365 days without a drop of alcohol

Reflections on 365 days without a drop of alcohol

On December 23rd 2017 the OUTinPerth team ended the last working day of the year with a friendly get together with friends and business colleagues. We drank wine, shared plates of food, compared notes on the challenges of running smaller business, and traded our plans for the Christmas and New Year break. The glass of […]

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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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