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Matt Canavan says he jokes with colleagues about discrimination complaints

Matt Canavan says he jokes with colleagues about discrimination complaints

Liberal senator Matt Canavan has commented on the recent complaint against Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler saying it was something the pair joked about during a recent catch-up. Senator Canavan made the comment on a YouTube video with Lyle Shelton, the former head of Australia’s No campaign against marriage equality. Shelton has recently launched a weekly […]

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Complaint against Senator Claire Chandler has been withdrawn

Complaint against Senator Claire Chandler has been withdrawn

The complaint against Liberal senator Claire Chandler has been withdrawn after attempts at a conciliation process failed. A complaint had been lodged at the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission by one of the senator’s constituents after she sent an email outlining her views about transgender women being allowed access to female bathrooms and change rooms. The exchange […]

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Senator Claire Chandler will not apologise for comments on trans women

Senator Claire Chandler will not apologise for comments on trans women

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler says she will not be “withdrawing, retracting, modifying or apologising” for her comments on trans women in sport. The statement comes as the politician has been called before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission after a complaint was lodged over an opinion piece published in a newspaper and subsequent email outlining her opposition […]

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Senator says Tasmania’s anti-discrimination laws pave ‘road to tyranny’

Senator says Tasmania’s anti-discrimination laws pave ‘road to tyranny’

Victorian Liberal Senator James Paterson has written an opinion piece for The Australian published today, entitled Silencing dissent – now that’s a road to tyranny. The article is a response an anti-discrimination complaint made against his Tasmanian colleague, Senator Claire Chandler, who has been called before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission after complaints were filed over her recent article […]

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Plibersek says there are problems with the religious discrimination proposal

Plibersek says there are problems with the religious discrimination proposal

Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek says there are “real problems” with the government’s proposed religious discrimination act, particularly the section which will override state based discrimination laws. Appearing on the ABC’s Insiders program Plibersek said the Labor party was committed to ensuring religious discrimination did not occur but would find it difficult to back the current proposal […]

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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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Senator Janet Rice believes discrimination act could pass the in senate

Senator Janet Rice believes discrimination act could pass the in senate

Greens senator Janet Rice has told equality campaigners that she believes bill to change to anti-discrimination act so that students can not be expelled from schools over their sexuality or gender identity has a good chance of passing the senate when parliament resumes this week. “(It) looks like it’s potentially got the support of the […]

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Morrison will remove laws that allow schools to expel LGBT students

Morrison will remove laws that allow schools to expel LGBT students

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the coalition will introduce amendments to change the federal anti-discrimination laws so that schools will no longer have the right to expel students over their sexuality or gender identity. The Prime Minister said the leaking of recommendations from the Ruddock Review into Religious Freedom in Australia has caused “unnecessary confusion […]

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Fred Nile’s new bill would allow discrimination against LGBTI people

Fred Nile’s new bill would allow discrimination against LGBTI people

New South Wales politician Fred Nile has introduced a bill into the state’s parliament that would allow for LGBTI people to be discriminated against. The Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill (Religious Freedoms) would allow change New South Wales anti-discrimination laws so that religious bodies and individuals could refuse service to people because of their religious beliefs. It […]

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Tanya Plibersek: Labor has no plans to stop gay teachers from being fired

Tanya Plibersek: Labor has no plans to stop gay teachers from being fired

The federal Labor party has declared that it has no plans to introduce protections that would prevent LGBTI people being fired from their jobs if they work for a religious organisation. Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek made the declaration in response a pre-budget submission released by the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC). In their submission the NCEC […]

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