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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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Labor responds to LGBTI+ issues just three days before election

Labor responds to LGBTI+ issues just three days before election

With just three days until the election, Premier Mark McGowan has today responded to just.equal’s policy survey on LGBTI issues. Read the full response here. Author of the survey, Brian Greig, said it was very disappointing that the government had sat on this survey for so long, indicating that it wanted to avoid both scrutiny […]

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Conversion, hate speech and law reform top priorities in election survey

Conversion, hate speech and law reform top priorities in election survey

National LGBTQIA+ advocacy group just.equal have released results of their recent survey ahead of the state election here in Western Australia. Respondents to the survey have ranked tackling conversion practices, anti-vilification protections and law reform to improve the lives of trans, gender diverse and intersex folks as their top concerns. Removing special religious exemptions for […]

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Nationals respond to just.equal election policy survey

Nationals respond to just.equal election policy survey

Leader of the State National Party, Mia Davies MLA, has responded to the LGBTI policy survey sent to her by just.equal in December last year. The survey, issued to all WA Party leaders, asked each to outline their positions on conversion practices, Inclusive Education (Safe Schools), intersex law reform, transgender law reform, special religious exemptions […]

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just.equal launches new survey to push McGowan on law reform

just.equal launches new survey to push McGowan on law reform

LGBTIQ advocacy group, just.equal, has urged LGBTIQ West Australians to respond to a short, new survey about their law reform priorities for the next term of Government. WA Spokesperson for just.equal, Brian Greig, said the survey aims to increase pressure on Premier Mark McGowan to commit to LGBTIQ law reform before the 13 March election. […]

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Victorian government passes ‘gold-standard’ conversion therapy ban

Victorian government passes ‘gold-standard’ conversion therapy ban

The Andrews government in Victoria has successfully passed its bill banning conversion therapy after a late night parliamentary debate. The Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill, which makes it illegal to try to suppress or change another person’s sexuality or gender identity, passed the Legislative Council 27 votes to nine late on Thursday night. The […]

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