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Submissions to Ruddock religious freedom inquiry will not be published

Submissions to Ruddock religious freedom inquiry will not be published

The federal government inquiry into religious freedom has come under fire once again, with news that submissions will be kept secret from the Australian public. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office today revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that the panel would not publish the submissions – which are ordinarily freely available to the public. “Submissions […]

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Anglican Bishops break ranks and supports Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Anglican Bishops break ranks and supports Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Religious leaders are calling on the government to insert amendments for religious freedom into Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill before it becomes law. A group of Anglican Bishops however have broken ranks and declared their support for the bill in its current format. The Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes is leading a group of seven […]

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First five amendments to the marriage bill voted down

First five amendments to the marriage bill voted down

The federal senate has spent the day arguing about Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill. Working into the night the senators have addressed a large number of proposed amendments to the bill with each subsequent proposed changed knocked back. Five amendments put forward by Senator James Paterson and Senator David Fawcett have failed to gain support […]

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George Brandis delivers moving speech during marriage bill debate

George Brandis delivers moving speech during marriage bill debate

Attorney General George Brandis has delivered a moving speech in support of marriage equality as the senate debates the bill which will allow same sex couples to wed. In his speech Senator Brandis recounted how the decriminalisation of Homosexuality had begun in South Australia 45 years ago, and one by one all Australian states had […]

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Mark McGowan to be first WA Premier to march in Pride Parade

Mark McGowan to be first WA Premier to march in Pride Parade

Premier Mark McGowan will take the title of first WA Premier to march in the Pride Parade when he takes to the streets this year. McGowan also joined in the celebrations as Opposition Leader, marching with Rainbow Labor WA last year. The Premier says he is honoured to walk in unity with the LGBTIQ community. […]

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Government releases findings of LGBTI aged care strategy review

Government releases findings of LGBTI aged care strategy review

The Turnbull Government have released a review of aged care for LGBTI+ Australians, following the implementation of an inclusive strategy five years ago. The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Ageing and Aged Care Strategy was designed in consultation with LGBTI+ groups and advisors to ensure “equitable access to high-quality, culturally appropriate aged care […]

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The Equality Campaign responds to postal survey ‘Yes’ win

The Equality Campaign responds to postal survey ‘Yes’ win

One of the major driving forces behind the ‘Yes’ campaign in Australia’s postal survey on marriage equality have responded to the successful ‘Yes’ outcome. The Equality Campaign have described the result as a “historic milestone for Australians and a victory for equality and fairness that sends a powerful message to Federal Parliament to legislate for […]

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity plunges in new poll

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity plunges in new poll

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity has taken a nose dive, plunging five percentage points in the latest Newspoll released today. Turnbull’s support as preferred Prime Minister dropped from 41 points, to just 36 points, over the last fortnight. His lowest approval rating since he took office. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten now trails the PM by […]

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Matt Canavan accuses colleagues of “vaulting arrogance”

Matt Canavan accuses colleagues of “vaulting arrogance”

Resources Minister Matt Canavan has accused his colleagues of “vaulting arrogance” for trying to shut down an alternative conservative bill on marriage equality. Coalition MPs have begun fighting over which bill may be used to legislate for marriage equality should a ‘Yes’ result emerge from the postal survey. Labor have voiced their support for Senator […]

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Both sides of marriage debate thank their supporters

Both sides of marriage debate thank their supporters

Advocates on both side of the debate have thanked their supporters as the Australian Bureau of Statistics closes the national survey on marriage. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Office in Perth was the final place that survey forms could be submitted, it stopped taking forms at 4:30pm today. Earlier the government organisation revealed that 12.6 […]

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