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Equal Love will protest against religious discrimination laws

Equal Love will protest against religious discrimination laws

Equal Love, the local advocacy group who campaigned for marriage equality for over a decade, will stage a new political rally in the Perth CBD on Saturday as concern grows about the government’s proposed religious freedom laws. Following in the footsteps of recent rallies in Brisbane and Sydney, the group will stage a rally in […]

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Poll shows Australians don’t support religious bodies right to discriminate

Poll shows Australians don’t support religious bodies right to discriminate

A Galaxy / YouGov poll, commissioned by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has revealed that 63% of Australians do not believe religious organisations should have the right to discriminate against LGBTIQ people, unmarried mothers, divorcees and de facto partners. The figure rises to 68%, including 48% of people who are strongly […]

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Concern that religious freedom legislation has been leaked

Concern that religious freedom legislation has been leaked

Conservative group Family Voice Australia has reportedly emailed its members detailed information about the government’s planned religious freedom legislation indicating that the proposed legislation has been leaked. The Star Observer discovered that the group’s leader Charles Newington emailed their members outlining the specific legislation details. “Three pieces of legislation are to be introduced: a Religious Discrimination Bill; […]

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Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

LGBTI equality advocates have welcomed a commitment from federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, that proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws will not interfere with existing state and territory discrimination protections. But they remain concerned about “the devil in the detail” of federal legislation, and have called on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to give an iron-clad […]

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Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

LGBTI groups and individuals are being urged to make their views known to the Federal Government about proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws. Advocacy group just.equal is concerned that the government has announced a consultation process involving MPs and religious groups, but it has not been clear if LGBTI groups will also be consulted. Just.equal […]

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Equality Australia’s Aram Hosie: “It’s time to band together again”

Equality Australia’s Aram Hosie: “It’s time to band together again”

OPINION I’m not going to lie. In the days following the 2019 Federal Election, I spent a reasonable amount of time under the Doona of Depletion & Denial, avoiding engaging with the results and the commentary as much as possible. And then Melbourne radio station Joy 94.9 asked me to come on to Saturday Magazine […]

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Religious freedom laws are a major issue says AG Christian Porter

Religious freedom laws are a major issue says AG Christian Porter

Attorney General Christian Porter says the government is committed to introducing laws to protect religious freedom, describing it as a major issue for constituents during the federal election. During an interview with Chris Kenny on Sky News Porter outlined the introduction of new laws was a top priority for the government. “It was election policy to […]

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Religious freedom issues sent to Australian Law Reform Commision

Religious freedom issues sent to Australian Law Reform Commision

Attorney General Christian Porter has formally  announced the issue of how to balance religious freedom and protections from discrimination for LGBTIQ+ students and teachers has been referred to the Australian Law Reform Commission for review. The government had previously indicated this would be there plan of action when Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to reach […]

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Amnesty call for religious bodies to abide by anti-discrimination laws

Amnesty call for religious bodies to abide by anti-discrimination laws

Amnesty International has called on the Turnbull government to remove exemptions that allow religious organisations to ignore anti-discrimination laws. The human rights organisation argues that if religious bodies are receiving government funding then they should be forced to abide by the same laws as other organisations and businesses. A change to the laws would have […]

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Rodney Croome labels AG John Quigley’s statements as “nonsense”

Western Australian Attorney General is unable to say if the McGowan government will support proposed changes to the state’s Equal Opportunity Act because the results of the federal government’s review into religious freedom in Australia has not yet been released. Yesterday The Greens MP Alison Xamon put forward a bill to amend the Equal Opportunity […]

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