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Hastie: the problems for religious freedom stem from the lack of Christians

Hastie: the problems for religious freedom stem from the lack of Christians

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has outlined what he believes to be the biggest contributing factor to the current debates around religious freedom and whether schools should be allowed to sack gay teachers. The Western Australian MP says it’s because of the declining number of Christians in Australia. “If we go back to the census of […]

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Andrew Hastie says removing gender from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe”

Andrew Hastie says removing gender from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe”

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie says proposals to remove a gender record from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe.” The Western Australian MP was speaking on Sky News about a proposal put forward in Tasmania, but a similar recommendation has also been made by the WA Law Reform Commission. “There are just […]

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Andrew Hastie calls on Prime Minister to release religious freedom report

Andrew Hastie calls on Prime Minister to release religious freedom report

Western Australia Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to release the Ruddock Review into Religious Freedom in Australia. Speaking on News Corp columnist Miranda Devine’s podcast Hastie said he hoped Morrison would bring in bold policies. “I’d be very confident that Scott Morrison, as our new prime minister, working with […]

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Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill has passed through the lower house of parliament, bringing marriage equality into Australian law. Following the ‘Yes’ result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey the co-sponsored bill has been hotly debated for the last two weeks, but remains unchanged by amendments from conservatives and The Greens. Amendments put forward […]

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House of Representatives continue to debate marriage bill

House of Representatives continue to debate marriage bill

The House of Representatives has finished the second reading of Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill and progressed to discussing a series of proposed amendments to the legislation. Three days of speeches from over 100 members of parliament came to an end this morning. Among the hundreds of speeches that have been delivered over the last […]

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How the states voted in the marriage survey

How the states voted in the marriage survey

Australians have voiced their support for marriage equality with 61.6 per cent of people taking part in the marriage postal survey on marriage ticking the YES box on their survey forms. Every state has voted in favour of change. Support was strongest in the Australian Capital Territory where 74 per cent of people voted ‘Yes’. […]

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Eric Abetz wants protection for ‘conscientious objection’ to gay marriage

Eric Abetz wants protection for ‘conscientious objection’ to gay marriage

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says he is still hopefully that the result of the marriage postal survey will be a win for the ‘No’ campaign, but if the Australian people have chosen to change the marriage laws he wants provisions for “conscientious objection” included in the marriage legislation. Speaking to The Guardian Australia, Senator Abetz […]

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Don’t Call Me Homophobe, so what are you then?

Don’t Call Me Homophobe, so what are you then?

OPINION In October, a local newspaper published an article that highlighted a local LGBTI+ advocate and Labor staffer calling a Federal MP a homophobe at a local fundraiser. The Mandurah Mail wrote a reasonably extensive article that focused on Rainbow Labor WA’s President using the phrase ‘homophobe’ to describe the Liberal Member for Canning, Andrew […]

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Julie Bishop: It’s too early to say what the marriage legislation will look like

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop says she believes the ‘Yes’ campaign will win the marriage postal survey, but comments that it’s too soon to know what the final legislation will be. The Western Australian MP is serving as the Acting Prime Minister for the first time after Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, and Deputy Nationals leader […]

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Hastie calls for more robust protections after being labelled a ‘homophobe’

Hastie calls for more robust protections after being labelled a ‘homophobe’

The President of Rainbow Labor WA has been criticised for calling Liberal MP Andrew Hastie a “homophobe”. The conservative MP has criticised the comments that were made at a marriage equality event, and said they are example of why greater protections will be needed for freedom of speech if the ‘Yes’ campaign are successful in […]

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