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Equality Australia concerned about Religious Freedom bill

Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown has voiced concerns about the latest draft of the government’s Religious Freedom Bill which was made public this afternoon. Appearing on the ABC’s Afternoon Briefing Brown told host Patricia Karvelas that while some of the worst provisions included in earlier versions of the bill had been removed, there were still many areas […]

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Victoria moves to protect LGBTQ+ staff at religious schools & organisations

Victoria moves to protect LGBTQ+ staff at religious schools & organisations

Australian LGBTQIA+ advocates have welcomed the news this week that the Andrews Government are moving to close gaps in discrimination laws for LGBTQIA+ Victorians. Currently, religious organisations and schools can sack or refuse to hire LGBTQ+ people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, where this is deemed incompatible with the religious beliefs practiced […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates give ACT conversion therapy ban ‘7 out of 10’

LGBTIQ+ advocates give ACT conversion therapy ban ‘7 out of 10’

LGBTIQ+ advocates and conversion therapy survivors have welcomed the ACT’s ban on conversion practices, which passed the Legislative Assembly yesterday. The ACT has become the second Australian jurisdiction to address the issue, following Queensland’s legislation earlier this month. Spokesperson for LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal and Canberra resident, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said the ACT’s legislation is ‘far […]

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Equality Australia says Religious Discrimination Bill will divide communities

Equality Australia says Religious Discrimination Bill will divide communities

Anna Brown, the CEO of Equality Australia has labeled the Morrison government’s latest draft of the religious discrimination bill a piece of legislation that will divide Australian communities. Brown says the latest version of the legislation, that was revealed by Attorney General Christian Porter this morning, will provide protections for people who intimidate others through […]

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Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown listed in AFR’s 100 Women of Influence

Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown listed in AFR’s 100 Women of Influence

Equality Australia’s CEO Anna Brown has been listed in the The Australian Financial Reviews‘ 100 Women of Influence and been awarded the named the winner of the Social Enterprise and Non Profit category. Prior to taking up her leadership role at Equality Australia Brown worked at the Human Rights Law Centre and was a leading voice […]

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Labor vows to outlaw gay conversion therapy if elected

Labor vows to outlaw gay conversion therapy if elected

Opposition leader Bill Shorten is set to announce plans to outlaw gay conversion therapy if Labor are elected to government. A media release from a trio of Labor MP’s; Mark Dreyfus, Louise Pratt and Catherine King, announced the policy. “We will work with survivors and advocates on a range of strategies to end this insidious […]

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The Equality Campaign re-brands as new organisation for LGBTIQ+ rights

The Equality Campaign re-brands as new organisation for LGBTIQ+ rights

A new organisation that will fight for LGBTIQ+ rights in Australia has been launched with the Equality campaign that successfully brought marriage reform to Australia rebranding as Equality Australia. Anna Brown, one of the leaders of the marriage equality campaign, will leave her current position at the Human Rights Law Centre to serve as the […]

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Report identifies harm caused by conversion therapy and urges reform

Report identifies harm caused by conversion therapy and urges reform

A new report released today outlines the harm caused to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by the practice of conversion therapy, and its pervasiveness in Australia’s faith communities. Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia examines the lived experience of 15 LGBT Australians who have struggled with their sexuality or […]

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Victoria allows gender recognition without forced divorce

Victoria allows gender recognition without forced divorce

Transgender Victorians will now be able to stay married to the person they love when they change the gender on their birth certificate with the Andrews Government passing new laws. A similar bill is being introduced in the NSW parliament. The change follows the passage of marriage equality late last year, and is part of […]

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Northern Territory allows same-gender couples to adopt

Northern Territory allows same-gender couples to adopt

The Northern Territory has this week passed a new bill that will allow same-gender couples to adopt children in the Top End. The Adoption of Children Legislation Amendment (Equality) Bill 2017 passed through the territory’s sole house of parliament yesterday, bringing the NT in line with the rest of the nation. Previously, same-gender couples in […]

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