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LGBTIQ+ advocates disappointed with Labor conference outcomes

LGBTIQ+ advocates disappointed with Labor conference outcomes

Rights advocates say Labor’s national conference has improved its LGBTIQ platform but failed to include key reforms, relegating them to the status of resolutions. The draft national platform submitted to Labor’s national conference at the end of March erased many of the LGBTIQ commitments from previous platforms. After lobbying from just.equal and Rainbow Labor it […]

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just.equal say Labor’s new national platform is weak on LGBTI policies

just.equal say Labor’s new national platform is weak on LGBTI policies

LGBTIQ+ community advocates say they are deeply disappointed by Labor’s weak and diminished commitments to LGBTIQ+ equality and inclusion at a national level. According to just.equal spokesperson Dr Charlie Burton, the latest draft of Labor’s national platform is a watered-down version of the consultation draft, which itself was a gutted version of what Labor took […]

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Anthony Albanese questions if Court is really being awarded for tennis

Anthony Albanese questions if Court is really being awarded for tennis

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has questioned if Margaret Court is really being given an Australia Day Honour for her contributions to tennis. The independent committee, that operates under the purview of the Governor-General, has been criticised today after it was revealed that the retired tennis star turned religious leader would be given thre Companion […]

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Advocates welcome Labor’s consultation over Religious Discrimination Bill

Just.equal has welcomed Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s decision to consult LGBTIQ community representatives on the Religious Discrimination Bill, saying its message to Mr Albanese will be for Labor to oppose the Bill and educate the public about the danger the Bill poses. Just.equal has been calling for such a consultation since the Bill was first […]

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Rodney Croome: No more Labor excuses over religious discrimination

Rodney Croome: No more Labor excuses over religious discrimination

OPINION Labor has given numerous excuses for not yet opposing the Religious Discrimination Bill. Here’s why they are all nonsense. We’ve seen it all before…Labor is divided over an LGBTIQ issue so it concocts talking points to deflect attention. It happened when marriage equality first became an issue. To defend its support for Howard’s same-sex […]

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Croome says Albanese could go further in religious freedom debate

Croome says Albanese could go further in religious freedom debate

LGBTI rights advocates have welcomed Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s opposition to discrimination against LGBTI Australians, but have called on him to go further make a specific commitment not to support weakening state and territory discrimination laws. In an exclusive interview with OUTinPerth, Albanese said “we won’t accept any discrimination on the basis of – for […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Albanese says he’s committed to LGBTIQ equality

EXCLUSIVE: Albanese says he’s committed to LGBTIQ equality

EXCLUSIVE In the wake a shock election loss, new Labor leader Anthony Albanese has been travelling the country on a ‘listening tour’ to try and gauge what are the issues Australian people are really concerned about. As the party’s new leader he’s beginning a long journey, one which he hopes will lead to a Labor […]

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Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

LGBTI equality advocates have welcomed a commitment from federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, that proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws will not interfere with existing state and territory discrimination protections. But they remain concerned about “the devil in the detail” of federal legislation, and have called on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to give an iron-clad […]

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Anthony Albanese denies he has any plans to water down LGBTIQ rights

Anthony Albanese denies he has any plans to water down LGBTIQ rights

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has hit back at media reports suggesting he was in favour of removing references supporting LGBTIQ+ people from Labor’s policy platform. The opposition leader addressed the reports in a statement to parliament. “In an article in the Daily Mail and in a number of other articles reporting on that article, it’s […]

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Keneally says Labor will work with the government on religious freedom

Keneally says Labor will work with the government on religious freedom

Labor’s Senator Kristina Keneally says her party is ready to work with the government to bring in the proposed new religious freedom laws. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged the introduction of new laws as one of the government’s top priorities. At the opening of parliament the government listed changes to the marriage and anti-discrimination […]

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