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ACT follows Victoria and announces ban on gay conversion therapy

ACT follows Victoria and announces ban on gay conversion therapy

The Australian Capital Territory’s Labor government has announced it will ban gay conversion therapy. The announcement was made this week as the ACT released its Capital of Equality plan which outlines the ways the government will tackle disadvantages faced by LGBTIQ people over the next four years. Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the government would bring […]

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ACT Health Minister vows to ban gay conversion therapy

ACT Health Minister vows to ban gay conversion therapy

The ACT’s Health Minister has vowed to ban gay conversion therapies, following the introduction of laws of a similar nature in Victoria. The declaration increases pressure on Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to tackle the issue on a national scale. “The ACT government will ban gay conversion therapy. It is abhorrent and completely inconsistent with […]

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Northern Territory government confirm Safe Schools funding

Northern Territory government confirm Safe Schools funding

The Northern Territory’s Labor government have confirmed they will continue to fund the Safe Schools anti-bullying program after funding was cut off from Canberra last year. The Australian has reported that over 150 public schools have been informed that the program will continue with funding from the Northern Territory Department of Education. The anti-bullying program, […]

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Health Minister will look at legislation around “gay conversion therapy”

Health Minister will look at legislation around “gay conversion therapy”

Health Minister Roger Cook has told Triple J’s Hack program that he will review Western Australia’s laws to see if there is a need for legislation to protect people from so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’. Gay conversion therapy, or reparative therapy, is courses or counselling methodologies that claim they can alter a person’s sexuality, usually involving a desire […]

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ACT police defend their comments about the ACL explosion

ACT police defend their comments about the ACL explosion

The ACT police have defended their decision to announce that an explosion in front of the headquarters of the Australian Christian Lobby in December was not religiously, ideologically, or politically motivated. The damage occurred after a van containing six gas cylinders was set alight in front of the building. Later a man presented himself to […]

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Four teens charged over Canberra ‘blackmail’ scam

Four teens charged over Canberra ‘blackmail’ scam

Four teenagers have been arrested and charged over an alleged blackmail scam in Canberra. The youthful foursome, which includes two brothers, are accused of targeting gay men through online dating apps. Last month concern was raised regarding reports that gay men were being extorted after making connections via hook-up apps. ACT based organisation The AIDS […]

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Canberra men targeted on hook-up apps

Canberra men targeted on hook-up apps

Canberra men are being targeted for extortion through their use of social dating phone apps according to a report at the ABC. ACT based organisation The AIDS Action Council has put out a warning to local men after they received reports about a group of 3-4 people targeting people. The group said it received two […]

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Miranda Devine: Too many unanswered questions in ACL explosion

Miranda Devine: Too many unanswered questions in ACL explosion

Newspaper columnist and broadcaster Miranda Devine has said there are too many unanswered questions in relation to the explosion at the Australian Christian Lobby’s headquarters in Canberra. Describing the incident as a “car bombing” Devine said ACT police should be doing more to reassure the public that the incident was not terror related, and that […]

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Tasmania passes motion to support marriage equality

Tasmania passes motion to support marriage equality

Tasmania’s Upper House has passed a motion in support of marriage equality in Australia, following a successful in-principle motion in the Lower House last year. Though the decision will not have any direct consequences for LGBTIQ couples in Tasmania, Independent MLC Tony Mulder (pictured) says this is an important moment for his state. “It’s about doing […]

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Senator Zed Seselja: Conservatives won’t block plebiscite

Senator Zed Seselja: Conservatives won’t block plebiscite

Liberal senator Zed Seselja has said it won’t be conservatives in the government blocking the plebiscite on marriage equality. Appearing on SKY News the newly promoted senator said if people are worried about the plebiscite not moving forward they should look to Labor and The Greens. “Obviously its subject to passage through the parliament, so really […]

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