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Just.Equal slam Labor for not opposing Religious Discrimination bill

Just.Equal slam Labor for not opposing Religious Discrimination bill

Just.Equal Australia says many LGBTIQ+ Australians will feel betrayed by Labor’s decision not to vote against the Religious Discrimination Bill if the Party fails to have debate on the bill delayed. The lobby group says bill will override all other state and federal Discrimination Act, allowing denigration and discrimination in the name of “religious freedom” […]

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“All the crazies come out” Senator Susan McDonald dismisses concerns about Religious Discrimination bill

“All the crazies come out” Senator Susan McDonald dismisses concerns about Religious Discrimination bill

Appearing on the Sky News program Paul Murray Live on Sunday night Queensland Senator Susan McDonald dismissed suggestions that the Religious Discrimination bill could allow for discrimination against women, LGBTIQA+ people, or people with disabilities. “We’ve got race, sex, pregnancy and age, protections for people on a whole lot of levels, and when we want […]

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Advocates have major concerns as Religious Discrimination Bill emerges

Advocates have major concerns as Religious Discrimination Bill emerges

The ongoing case of the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill has made another major step today, with changes to the legislation revealed in the media. WA Today have reported the bill, inherited by Attorney-General Michaelia Cash from now-backbencher Christian Porter, will not contain a ‘Folau Clause’ that would enshrine the right to offend via faith-based […]

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On This Gay Day: How The West Australian described us in 1989

Why The West apology is 32 years late OPINION: Brian Greig In 1989, the West Australian government tried to decriminalise homosexuality. It had been 100 years since Oscar Wilde had been jailed under similar laws in the UK, but the imported anti-sodomy statutes from colonial times lived on here. All consenting sex between males was […]

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Federal politicians sent brochure ahead of religious freedom legislation

Federal politicians sent brochure ahead of religious freedom legislation

National lobby group, Just.Equal Australia, has upped its campaign against the federal Coalition’s proposed ‘Religious Freedom Bill’. The advocacy group has posted a 12 page glossy brochure to every federal MP and senator. It outlines the four main elements of the Bill in its current form that would cause harm to LGBTIQ+ people and others. […]

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WA’s Equal Opportunity Act review an opportunity to protect LGBTQ+ students

WA’s Equal Opportunity Act review an opportunity to protect LGBTQ+ students

The Western Australian Law Reform Commission has finally released its Discussion Paper which reviews the state’s Equal Opportunity Act (1984). WA Attorney General John Quigley has announced that the government will commence a review of the state’s Equal Opportunity laws back in 2018, including those which allow schools to expel students and fire teachers who […]

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Calls for Mental Health Minister to tackle conversion practices

Calls for Mental Health Minister to tackle conversion practices

LGBTIQA+ rights organisation just.equal says Western Australia’s Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson has provided a response to their concerns about conversion and suppression practices, but advocates say his answer is “vague”. The Minister has responded to a letter from just.equal sent in May, which asked for greater detail about what the McGowan government was doing […]

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Freedom of speech academic says WA needs civil anti-vilification laws

Freedom of speech academic says WA needs civil anti-vilification laws

LGBTI rights group just.equal Australia have backed the claim from University of Queensland freedom of speech expert, Professor Katharine Gelber, that the WA Government is taking the wrong approach to the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). Professor Gerber (pictured above) says the disagreement between the political lobby group and the state government is the result of […]

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Warren Entsch warns colleagues to “be careful” with religious discrimination bill

Warren Entsch warns colleagues to “be careful” with religious discrimination bill

Liberal MP Warren Entsch has warned his colleagues to be careful how they proceed with the third draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill, warning he’ll have no hesitation in crossing the floor of parliament and voting with the opposition if the bill compromises marriage equality or other LGBTIQ+ rights. Attorney General Michaelia Cash is currently […]

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Calls for Premier Mark McGowan to act on conversion practices

Calls for Premier Mark McGowan to act on conversion practices

National lobby group, just.equal, have again called on the McGowan Government to act on LGBTIQ+ conversion practices in the wake of evidence from Albany that a local church is promoting it. just.equal spokesperson, Brian Greig, said the state government could no longer avoid this issue or continue with its claim that national regulation of counsellors […]

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