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Submissions to the ‘Religious Freedom’ bill released

Submissions to the ‘Religious Freedom’ bill released

The Attorney General’s Office has made public some of the submissions to the government’s consultation over its revised religious freedom bill. Prime Minister Scott Morrison had promised to have religious freedom legislation introduced into parliament before last Christmas, but at the eleventh hour the bill was pulled and replaced with updated legislation which some critics […]

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Labor calls on govt to release submissions on Religious Discrimination Bill

Labor calls on govt to release submissions on Religious Discrimination Bill

Labor is calling on the Morrison government to show some transparency on their proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, urging for the release of submissions on the legislation. The government released their second draft of the bill earlier this month, with Attorney General Christian Porter claiming to have received almost 6,000 submissions from concerned parties. Porter’s counterpart, […]

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Rosalind Croucher named as new head of the Human Rights Commission

Rosalind Croucher named as new head of the Human Rights Commission

Attorney General George Brandis has announced that Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher will be the new head of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Croucher will replace Professor Gillian Triggs who is retiring at the end of her five year term. Professor Croucher is currently the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). She was first […]

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Attorney General rejected Solicitor General’s advice on plebiscite

Attorney General rejected Solicitor General’s advice on plebiscite

Attorney General George Brandis has denied that there is a rift between him and the nation’s Solicitor General. (SG) However it has been suggested that a disagreement over marriage equality legislation advice was a catalyst for the public disagreement that was exposed earlier today. The Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that the disagreement between the nation’s […]

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ACT Government to Quash Past Gay Sex Convictions

ACT Government to Quash Past Gay Sex Convictions

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has announced that the ACT government is poised to quash historical gay convictions. Until 1976, consensual homosexual acts between men were illegal, and men convicted before that date still hold a criminal record. Men could previously be convicted under charges of buggery on a male person, attempted buggery and indecent assault on […]

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Will Western Australia Abolish Trans* Divorce Law?

Will Western Australia Abolish Trans* Divorce Law?

Last week, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia introduced legislation that would allow married transgender people to have their genders legally recognised without requiring a divorce to do so. Due to the illegality of same sex marriages in Australia, most Australian states and territories (with the exception of the Australian Capital Territory), require transgender […]

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WA Will Not Join VIC in Quashing Gay Convictions

After Victoria abolished the convictions of gay men for consensual same sex acts prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality, activists called on politicians nationwide to follow suit. In January, after the bill had been introduced, OUTinPerth asked WA’s Attorney General Michael Mischin whether Western Australia had any plans to take on similar legislation. A spokesperson […]

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Easier Guidelines for Changing Your Gender

Easier Guidelines for Changing Your Gender

  Starting July 1st the Trans* and Intersex community will find it easier to change their sex or gender on personal records held by Government departments and agencies. The new national guidelines will standardise evidence needed to change gender identity, they also support protections for gender diversity in the Anti-Discrimination act. “We recognise individuals may […]

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