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Opponents of conversion therapy laws fight to stop them in WA

Opponents of conversion therapy laws fight to stop them in WA

Former Liberal MP Peter Abetz, who is now the WA director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), says the McGowan Labor Government is considering introducing legislation to ban conversion therapy. “The McGowan government is seriously considering introducing legislation based on Victoria’s Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Bill 2020, which passed its final hurdle in the […]

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Victoria’s conversion therapy ban likely to pass upper house

Victoria’s conversion therapy ban likely to pass upper house

A ban on LGBTQ+ conversion practices is one step closer in Victoria, with a bill set to pass through the state’s upper house with support from crossbench MPs. The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill passed the lower house on its final sitting day in December 2020, with all 55 MPs in the chamber voting […]

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Court rules child does not need both parent’s permission to access puberty blockers

Court rules child does not need both parent’s permission to access puberty blockers

A Queensland judge has granted permission for a transgender child to access puberty blockers without the consent of both parents. The landmark ruling will allow the 13 year old to access puberty blockers, and will overrule a previous ruling that both parents must give permission for the medical treatment to commence. The court heard that […]

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Foster parents allegedly rejected by service over LGBTQ+ views

Foster parents allegedly rejected by service over LGBTQ+ views

The West Australian have reported that a local couple will be taking legal action against a fostering organisation who they believe has discriminated against them. In an exclusive interview with The West, Kiera and Byron Hordyk claim they were rejected by Wanslea Family Services as potential foster parents in 2017 due to their Christian beliefs, specifically that […]

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Advocates say conversion therapy bill sets worrying precedent

Advocates say conversion therapy bill sets worrying precedent

  LGBTIQ advocates have slammed the legislation banning conversion practice that was passed last week by the Queensland Government last week, saying it will be “utterly ineffective.” The Palaszczuk Government had promised to ban the cruel and unscientific practice of trying to convert LGBTIQ people. However, under pressure from anti-LGBTIQ groups, it only outlawed such […]

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Lyle Shelton vows to never apologise for comments about drag performers

Lyle Shelton vows to never apologise for comments about drag performers

Lyle Shelton has vowed to never apologise for comments he made about Queensland drag performers Queeny and Delta Good-Rim, despite being called to a conciliation process at the Queensland Human Rights Commission. Shelton, who previously lead the ‘No’ campaign against marriage equality, and was formerly the leader of the Australian Christian Lobby, unsuccessfully ran for […]

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ACL says conversion therapy a ‘myth’, fights ban in South Australia

ACL says conversion therapy a ‘myth’, fights ban in South Australia

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has released a statement urging the South Australian Liberal government to reject a proposed bill that aims to ban conversion therapy practice in the state. The statement follows news that South Australia’s Labor opposition were working on a bill to outlaw conversion therapy, with support expected from The Greens, due […]

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RMIT students concerned over staff appearance at ACL forum

RMIT students concerned over staff appearance at ACL forum

Students at Victoria’s RMIT University have raised concerns over the inclusion of a faculty member on the lineup of a conversion therapy forum organised by the Australian Christian Lobby. The ACL’s upcoming Gay Conversion Therapy Forum aims to “explore the major concerns” surrounding Victoria’s proposed ban on conversion therapy practices. The lobby’s website claims that […]

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Australian Christian Lobby wants to ban pronouns on email signatures

Australian Christian Lobby wants to ban pronouns on email signatures

The Australian Christian Lobby wants all levels of government to ban the practice of stating preferred pronouns on email signatures. The religious lobby group is up in arms over news that the City of Melbourne is following in the footsteps of thousands of inclusive organisations around the world who allow staff to add a simple […]

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Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to conduct inquiry into conversion practice

Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to conduct inquiry into conversion practice

Tasmania has taken the first step towards legislation that would ban LGBTIQ+ conversion practices. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has announced it will conduct an inquiry into the issue. LGBTIQ equality advocates have welcomed the move, with Equality Tasmania spokesperson, Rodney Croome, saying, “Attempts to ‘cure’ or ‘heal’ LGBTIQ people are futile and damaging, so […]

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