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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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Rishworth dismisses concerns about gender dysphoria in the ADF

Rishworth dismisses concerns about gender dysphoria in the ADF

Labor’s veteran’s affairs spokesperson Amanda Rishworth has dismissed concerns about the Australian Defence Forces proving medical care to transgender personnel. Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has launched a campaign against the Australian Defence Forces providing funding to personnel who experience gender dysphoria. The Western Australian MP has called on the ADF to tighten up its recruitment […]

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Australian Defence Force backs transgender personnel

Australian Defence Force backs transgender personnel

The second highest ranking member of the Australian Defence Force has defended their support for personnel with gender dysphoria. Appearing at a senate estimates hearing Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, said the cost of training staff outweighed the cost of proving their health. “These are people who are wearing the uniform […]

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Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Western Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie is adamant that the defence force should change its policy which allows gender reassignment surgery for transgender service personnel. The conservative MP disagrees with Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Personnel Minister Dan Tehan who have defended the funding. The member for Canning has stepped up his campaign for […]

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