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Gay men in Aceh will no longer be caned in public

Gay men in Aceh will no longer be caned in public

The Indonesian province of Aceh has announced it will no longer cane men accused of being gay in public, instead the punishments will be conducted within the prison. Last year two men when caned 83 times after they pleaded guilty to having gay sex. While homosexuality has never been illegal in Indonesia, the Aceh provide […]

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Hastie calls for more robust protections after being labelled a ‘homophobe’

Hastie calls for more robust protections after being labelled a ‘homophobe’

The President of Rainbow Labor WA has been criticised for calling Liberal MP Andrew Hastie a “homophobe”. The conservative MP has criticised the comments that were made at a marriage equality event, and said they are example of why greater protections will be needed for freedom of speech if the ‘Yes’ campaign are successful in […]

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Rishworth dismisses concerns about gender dysphoria in the ADF

Rishworth dismisses concerns about gender dysphoria in the ADF

Labor’s veteran’s affairs spokesperson Amanda Rishworth has dismissed concerns about the Australian Defence Forces proving medical care to transgender personnel. Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has launched a campaign against the Australian Defence Forces providing funding to personnel who experience gender dysphoria. The Western Australian MP has called on the ADF to tighten up its recruitment […]

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Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Western Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie is adamant that the defence force should change its policy which allows gender reassignment surgery for transgender service personnel. The conservative MP disagrees with Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Personnel Minister Dan Tehan who have defended the funding. The member for Canning has stepped up his campaign for […]

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Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

The Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, says he has reassured Western Australian politician Andrew Hastie that Australia’s military is focused on the defence of the nation, and allowing transgender personnel to undertake gender reassignment surgery is not reducing their effectiveness. Hastie has spoken out about the defence force’s policy over the last week, arguing […]

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Hastie committed to cutting gender reassignment surgery in defence

Hastie committed to cutting gender reassignment surgery in defence

Western Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has declared he’s committed to stopping transgender service personnel from receiving gender reassignment surgery on the tax payer’s dollar. The former SAS officer discussed his opposition to the defence force policy in a recent speech that was reported in the media over the weekend. “I do not see how […]

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Author Benjamin Law criticised over Twitter comments

Author Benjamin Law criticised over Twitter comments

On the day his quarterly essay is released, author Benjamin Law has been criticised over a tweet he made late last month. Law, best known for his autobiographical book The Family Law, which inspired the popular SBS sitcom, is the author of the latest Quarterly Essay which focuses on the Safe Schools program. Titled Moral Panic 101: Equality, […]

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Andrew Hastie dismisses marriage equality warnings from British MP

Andrew Hastie dismisses marriage equality warnings from British MP

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has dismissed comments from former UK minister Nick Herbert about the perils of conservative governments ignoring the issue of marriage equality. The member for Canning in Perth’s south suggested that true conservatives don’t fly around the world and lecture other people on how to run their countries. Hastie posted the comment […]

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Greens candidate Aeron Blundell-Camden speaks up for Safe Schools

The Greens Candidate for the seat of Canning in the July 2nd federal election brings an expert opinion to the debate over the Safe Schools Coalition program. Aeron Blundell-Camden is a former school psychologist with first hand experiences of how bullying affects school students. At last weekend’s ‘Save Safe Schools’ rally in central Perth the […]

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Hastie will support marriage equality if Canning want it

Hastie will support marriage equality if Canning want it

The Liberal candidate for the upcoming Canning by-election, Andrew Hastie, has said he will support marriage equality should a public vote show his potential electorate supports the move. The West Australian reports that the potential MP says he is in favour of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s decision to hold a plebiscite or referendum after the […]

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